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Build this Palette Wood Baby & Pet Gate in 3 hours (plans included!)Adding character (& function) to our builder basic home

Like I mentioned before, I’m generally not one to get excited about palette wood projects (probably because most of the time the original palette is still a little too recognizable). But, as we’ve attempted to add inexpensive character to our very boring builder basic home, we’ve found that palette wood can actually look like much more expensive re-claimed wood…when done correctly!

So here is our latest palette project (baring no resemblance to it’s former palette self ;), a baby gate made completely from the leftover wood from our Palette Wood Fireplace Surround. (Click here to see where we got the wood and how my husband prepared it–you’ll want to read this, don’t try and pull the nails from the palettes, you’ll lose your mind!)

I was originally inspired by this post I came across on Pinterest and added it to my honey-do list. And there it sat…but when my husband finally got around to it, we were pleasantly surprised that with the plans found HERE, it only took 3 hours to make.

And because the wood was FREE and the hinges and latch can be found at any hardware store, Home Depot, Lowe’s or Menards for under or around $10, it was really inexpensive, too.

Our Palette Wood Baby & Pet Gate

We love the character that this gate adds to our house.

Build this Palette Wood Baby & Pet Gate in 3 hours (plans included!)

And it’s functional, too! The little reason we need this gate made his way up the steps while we were taking pictures :) The nice part is that his older sisters (2 1/2 and 4) can still get through it when they need to.

Palette Wood Baby & Pet Gate

Palette Wood Baby Gate: The Latch

Because we wanted to be able to latch the gate from either side (it swings both ways), we deviated from the original plans and placed our latch on top. You can purchase it HERE.

Build this Palette Wood Baby & Pet Gate in 3 hours (plans included!)

And a few more angles…

Palette Wood Baby & Pet Gate


Build this Palette Wood Baby & Pet Gate in 3 hours (plans included!)

Build this Palette Wood Baby & Pet Gate in 3 hours (plans included!)

It looks great from either side. Thank you to Remodelaholic for their great, easy to use plans!
If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you right away!

And definitely check out the palette wood fireplace surround if you haven’t had a chance to do so yet, my husband really knocked it out of the park with that one :)

Palette Wood Fireplace Surround

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A graphic designer & marketer by trade, I left the traditional working world in 2012 to stay home with my four kids. I love being home, but am glad to still have opportunity to design professionally and for fun and to share my ideas here from time to time. A country girl at heart, I live with my husband and four kids (5, 3, 2 and infant) just outside of the Twin Cities and only a few miles from my parent’s farm.
42 replies to this post
  1. My husband and I are pretty new to all woodworking and diy activities.. I to am a stay at home mom and trying here and there to give our home that homey feeling.. My questions are aimed more to cuts and I would love if could get your thoughts and input to make sure I’m able to correctly do so! Yours btw is gorgeous and truly soo much better than the plastic one.. Thanks a bunch

    • Hi, that’s awesome that you want to give this project a try :) Our friends at Remodelaholic where we got the plans from (their link is below the last picture), might be a little more helpful with the actual how-to of building it, but if you have specific questions, let me know and I’ll ask my husband :)

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  3. I have been wanting one of these for my dogs for the longest time! Yours looks amazing! I’m going to show this to my husband in hopes to motivate him! Great job!
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  4. I love the gate and plan to try to build one myself. I also like the fire place, is there any concern about it catching on fire. Did you treat the wood with anything.


    • Thanks Travis! Our fireplace is gas so we didn’t worry about the wood around it catching on fire (although my husband says I’m not allowed to burn candles on the mantle ;) however, if you have a “real” fireplace, it may not be the best idea. And we didn’t seal the gate or fireplace surround. We may do so in the future (our daughter drew on the baby gate and if it were sealed it would probably be easier to remove).

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  6. That is such a cute idea!! It reminds me of something out of Country Living magazine!! Where were you when I was searching for a pet gate years back? If I ever need one again, I will definitely be making this. Pinning this and thanks for sharing ;)

  7. That is really beautiful! And I totally wouldn’t have guessed that it was originally a palette. Way better than the plastic ones we usually see. Thanks for sharing and linking up to What’d You Do This Weekend! Pinned and scheduled to share on FB :-)

  8. Gorgeous gate-I found your blog through #magicmoments.You ve got some really lovely ideas.Will be checking back especially if we finally manage to buy out own house later this year!

  9. This is the most beautiful baby gate I’ve ever seen! So much better than the ugly plastic ones from the store! My two kiddos are past the need for a gate but if I needed a gate I would love to have this one! Pinning this to my baby board! So glad I stopped by from Skip The Housework Saturday!

    • Thank you! I hate the plastic ones, too…mostly because I’m not tall enough to step over them, especially if I am holding a baby ;)

  10. It looks BEAUTIFUL! I love the look that the palette wood ads to the gate! I will share this with my readers on Facebook if you are cool with that?! Thank you SO much for linking to the plans and not re-creating them! That made my day, it really means a lot!

    • No, thank YOU! The plans are perfect and easy to follow, SO glad to have found them :) I had seen a couple of palette style gates on Pinterest, but they didn’t seem as sturdy, this gate truly is perfect :) And I would of course love for you to share on Facebook–thank you!