Friday, June 18, 2010

Trailer Gates Make Pretty Home Decor!

I was driving out of my friend’s driveway one day and noticed this sticking up out of her garbage can.


It was METAL and RUSTY…

a gate to the back of a trailer…


((SIGH)) LOVE at first sight!

Yes… I was hooked!

I called her on the cell and asked if I could take this “beaut”…

She said YES!!!

(I guess it was fate that Funky Junk Interiors was having a gate theme this weekend!)

Well, I got it home and knew right away what I wanted to do with it.

I painted and distressed it because I’m thinking… white room!

If you read my posts you’ll know I’m turning my screened deck into a “white room”… well… ivory room (if the weather would cooperate).


Now what??

Don’t worry… I already knew!

You see… many years ago I was given a set of these…


They came from an old job I use to have many years ago.

I think they may have been part of an old fence at one time… maybe??  I don’t know.

Well, nonetheless, I like them!!

I never could figure out what to do with them though… so I stored them away and they have moved with me several times in my life.

However,  NOW… oh yes… I discovered a great place to use these…

On my trailer gate!

I went to work right away trying to figure out how in the world to attach these babies!

  I have some JB Welding glue, but I have never used it. 

Has anyone ever used that stuff??? 

Well… I chickened out and decided to go with wire after I painted them.

I may try the glue later… I don’t know?

OK, got it finished and hung it up and….



You couldn’t see it!!  MAN!!

Not good!  I had to fix that!

So then I came up with this brilliant idea that I could cut stained glass pieces and put them on the back!

The light could shine through it and WOW!

Well… I quickly found out that cutting glass is harder than it looks and I broke my first piece in half… ((sniff sniff))!


Now what??

Hmmm… scrapbook paper with foam core backing???

(Actually… I will probably need to change it to a metal sheet backing because of rain)



Not bad…


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MMMmmm… even better??  A little color punch??

I like!!





The coolest thing is… my friend called me yesterday and asked me if I wanted ANOTHER trailer gate JUST LIKE this one!

I said… “YES! OH MY! WOOHOO!”

Now I have two!! :)

I may still check in to the whole stain glass thing but until then…

Which one do you like best?

I’d love to hear what cha think!!


Thanks for Stoppin’ By!


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  1. Very cool! I like the second one with the pop of color! Will you hang the second one in there also?

  2. OMG, you are so clever! I really like the more neutral version to go with your "white" room. I am redecorating my home in a white/neutral theme, so I'm off to see what else you've done!


  3. That is cool Kendra! I like them both, although the brighter one really caught my eye. I guess it would depend on what else you have going on the the room.

  4. I would like to think that I can think outside of the box... but I would never have seen that one comin'! What a great idea! Love, love, love it!

  5. Wow! I would't have figured that would look so good. But I like it! The red and green color punch make it stand out! ALTHOUGH... the ivory and white... are subtle and beautiful too! great job.

  6. Kendra...I love the way you combined the two elements to create one beautiful piece. It turned out wonderful...really pretty!
    Have a great weekend!
    Jo :-)

  7. Kendra...I love the way you combined the two elements to create one beautiful piece. It turned out wonderful...really pretty!
    Have a great weekend!
    Jo :-)

  8. Who knew a trailer gate could look CUTE? Great junk! I like both. The colored one stands out much better though! You are so talented!

  9. Trailer gate?!? Gimme one-o those!! I love what you've done! Without knowing what else is going on in the surrounding room, I love the colourful one. It's so fun!

    That is one creative metal piece. My kinda art. :)


  10. I love both looks! But if you are going to have it in your ivory room, I would say go with the lighter colors. I guess you can do both though if you get the other gate!

  11. Donna and Deborah Lynn... I've got nothing going on in this room (yet) except tractor steering wheel curtains... LOL! This will be my "white room" if it will stop raining and stop being so humid outside... so I can finish painting it white!!

    Thanks everyone for your input and trailer gate love!


  12. Definitely like the more colourful version, but stained glass would be amazing!

  13. Seriously drooling here! Wow. I really like the lighter colors, warm and welcoming. Great job! You never cease to amaze me :)

  14. Oh my goodness ... you got ALL the creative genes!!! That is so clever, and so lovely! I would never have envisioned a makeover from the original!!! It would have gone straight to the dump. Maybe I better go check what's in my garbage in case I can give it a clever makeover too! Well done. I definitely like the more colourful one - but can totally imagine it in stained glass. That would be exquisite!

  15. A-Ma-Zing! I love how it all came together...great eye.:)

  16. What wonderful vision. I never could have come up with that. I like the less color version.

  17. This is so great! I love the one with the muted colors redone. But, I really LOVED the color of the original gate unpainted. What a creative eye!

  18. I just think it is the best when I find bloggers who think outside the box. Great job, no one would guess what you started with.

  19. I love what you've done with the trailer gate. No one would guess that is what you started with. Very creative, I think they all look good. I would love to see a photo of it from farther back, I am wondering what room this is in.
    Hugs, Cindy

  20. I love this! You really thought out side of the box! It's too hard to choose which version I like best - they all look great! ~Marcy

  21. These pieces look great together.This is perfect for the new room! I love that you saw it in the trash. I do that too. Way to keep working with it until you get it the way you like it. Lezlee

  22. Kayleen... I really liked the original color, too but it was chipping off so bad that I had to remove alot of it and sand it down... so I just went ahead and painted it

    Cindy... this room is my back porch and I am currently trying to turn it into a white room (weather permitting LOL!)

    Thanks everyone for all your great comments!! Appreciate them!! :)


  23. Great job!
    Lovin' it.

    barbara jean

  24. Wow!! Love it!! Love finding stuff and then finding out what I can do with it.
    You did an amazing job too!

  25. What a gorgeous project! I like both versions. This is one of the best projects I have seen in a looong time! Totally magazine worthy!!


  26. That is just perfect either way. Great talent you have going on.

  27. Just popped over from another goodness girl, you are uber talented! Please come to my house! :)

  28. How perfect the little thingies in the middle. They were the perfect length! It looks fabulous. It would be fun to change the backing whenever the mood strikes you. Cool piece.

  29. oh my gosh...the universe is shakin'

    I love this thing.

    I don't know what a trailer gate is. But what you did is beautiful!!!

    goin' to read more.....see ya!

  30. Beautiful. I know I am late but I surely love the colorful one. You are clever.

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  32. I really liked your idea for decorating the home entrance. Thank you for sharing this idea with us.

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