Some of you may remember the old wood slice I found at the farm last summer at Keith’s Grandparent’s place, that I turned into a serving board? Ever since that day I’ve had another piece from the farm that’s been sitting out in our shed, just waiting for the perfect spot or project idea to come along.
I came across this old gate out in one of the buildings on the farm. I just loved it’s charm and even the rusted surface and knew I could do something with it. It only took me several months to finally figure it out.
I was so happy with how it turned out once I refinished it but couldn’t seem to find the right pieces for the space above it on the wall. I tried leaning different picture frames on top but there was still so much empty space left above them. I knew I would need something larger to fill the space and the gate fit the space perfectly!
I cleaned it up as much as I was able, but left the little vine pieces that were wrapped around it in different places. I thought those were so neat.
I wanted something very simple to decorate the gate and nothing too busy that would cover it up too much…except the larger nail it was hanging on, I wanted that covered completely! Besides, I’m not much of a florist so I didn’t want to add a lot of flowers or anything. Off to Michaels I went…three times. Yep. Have I mentioned that I’m indecisive?
I finally decided to keep it really simple and not add flowers at all. I came across these huckleberry leaf sprays…which happened to be 50% off! I guess third time is a charm! I bought a total of seven along with some wire to hold them together and spent just under $20 (I already had the ribbon).
I wrapped it around until I had the size I wanted. I only needed six pieces for the wreath, so I cut pieces of the one left over to fill in the empty spaces and make sure the small wire pieces were covered.
I still have a few of my old pieces displayed on top of this dresser, including the typewriter and my Grandmother’s small antique glass pitcher that I use as a vase. The tulips look so pretty in that tiny vase…well, I think tulips look nice just about anywhere.
The wires inside the frame of the gate are a little wavy and bumpy so the wreath doesn’t hang on it perfectly flat, but that’s okay with me. Like I said, it has plenty of character! Who knows, it’s probably like that because my husband kicked it in, swung on it, or climbed over it all the time instead of opening it when he was a kid. I know it just had to be him out of all the children and grandchildren they had. HAHA. Okay, just picking on my husband there for a second- since he reads all my blog posts. Sorry, Keith. Hashtags- imkidding, iloveyou.
We also thought his Granny’s picture was perfect sitting just below the gate. After all, it was her gate and she must have gone in and out of it many times during her life on the farm. I would also like to include a picture of his Grandaddy here so we can have their pictures side-by-side under their old gate.
I am so happy that the old rusted gate found a perfect spot on our living room wall above this refinished dresser, and what a great way for us to remember Keith’s Grandparent’s and the times spent on their farm!