The Dog Gate We Built

The dog gate we built for our master bedroom - Living Vintage

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we were seriously thinking about putting in a dog gate, and I shared some ideas.

I knew all along that I wanted to buy (or build) a dog gate that coordinated well with how we renovated our master bedroom.

I had a eureka moment when I realized we had a few ceiling tins left over in our garage.  I asked Mark to make the dog gate using it and some of our reclaimed wood that still had some chippy paint.

dog gate matches the tin ceiling - Living Vintage

I’m so happy with it!

The dog gate we built using an ceiling tin and reclaimed wood - Living Vintage

After he built it, we slathered it with satin polyurethane to prevent exposing our dogs to possible lead-based paint.

detail of the ceiling tin and chippy paint - Living Vintage

closer detail of the ceiling tin and chippy paint - Living Vintage

The top of the gate is a little less than 3 feet off the floor (33.5″ to be exact).  So far, our dogs have not attempted to jump over it, not even once.  They don’t even act like they’re the least bit interested in crossing to the other side.

a side view of the dog gate - Living Vintage

We used a very basic latch to keep the gate closed.

we used a basic latch to keep the dog gate closed - Living Vintage

We haven’t decided what we’re going to do with our guest bedroom yet.  It will all depend on how we eventually finish out that room.     Plus, I’m still on the lookout for an antique gate!

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  1. Kim, it looks wonderful! Love how it matches the room. I’m so glad your pups weren’t interested in getting over it! My over active Jack Russell could climb mountains if she thought I was trying to keep her out! Miss that girl :/ I think the gate is a cute idea too! You will find one I’m sure. Hugs!

    • For whatever reason, our little Jack Russell is smaller than normal and I’ve put up cardboard in doorways before that she’s never tried to cross, so I felt fairly confident putting in a gate that was only about 3′ tall. Our other dog is such a sweetie and so laid back that she wouldn’t cross it either. We’re really enjoying it and I feel a lot better now leaving the house, knowing that we won’t come home to a disaster.

  2. This turned out so well! What a creative use of you ceiling tile – it is great to add such a unique touch when you have put so much work into creating a fabulous master bedroom you would definitely ruin it with a plastic baby gate to keep your dogs out:)

  3. I love it! I want to get a dog so I can have an excuse to have a beautiful dog gate!!

    • Ha! Well that’s putting the donkey behind the wagon, so to speak, but I’m such an animal lover, who cares? I’d love to find every animal a loving home, that’s for sure!

  4. Great dog gate. You should manufacture this and sell it!!

  5. Cute, cute, cute.. My dogs would go crazy not being able to at least see through the gate, though.

  6. Love your doggy door….too funny that the dogs are not interested :^)
    We will be “junking” in Nachitoches, LA. the week following Christmas….do you know if there are any places we for sure don’t want to miss???
    Thank you for any info…
    Blessings to you and Merry Christmas,


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