I stumbled upon this gate at a yard sale while out for a walk, in Doylestown PA. It’s always fun to find the hidden yard sales unexpectedly, because that’s where you find the best stuff.
This gate was one of those treasures and it had a giant P on it with the old hardware hook n’ eye. I removed the black ‘hinges’ because they were plastic and only one. It’s a shame the original hinges were gone, but I like the shadow of them still being there.
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You can tell the gate was originally a red color and very faded, but I liked the weathered look of it. My last name doesn’t start with a P, so I had to sand some of it off but without removing too much of the true weathered look.
Being All American
Behold the American Flag! Great idea, right? I used any acrylic or chalk paint I had handy, and it’s lasted a long time outside even without putting on any top coat. This will fade naturally and I can always touch it up.
We hung this proudly on our carriage house. It really is a large gate, but on our big barn, it looks small. I’m happy it screams pride. I’ve even had people slow down and look at it. That validated my symbolic artwork for this fabulous gate and barn.
Some products used for this project:
- Bosch rotary palm sander
- Tack cloths help great with cleaning dust and dirt after sanding
- Acrylic paints, a sample of what you could use
Happy Independence to us all!
Do it with purpose!
“I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares!” -Saul Bass