Decorating DIY

Old Headboard Repurposed as a Garden Gate

My garden is very casual and cottage style. I have fun creating separate “rooms” to meander through. And entering a garden through a gate is so romantic. Gerald built the picket fence in the garden, complete with a picket gate for one of the entrances.

I had two old iron twin headboards that have been in several places in the garden. One of them was used as a “screen” for the fireplace inside the house at one time. But I had wanted to use them permanently as gates in the garden, for two other entrances.

I have the vision, and Gerald always makes it a reality.

First we purchased the smallest size gate hinge kits we could find. Because of lockdown, we ordered them online. I wasn’t wanting any that were galvanized, because I wanted them to rust over time. Easier said than done. We found some that were zinc plated…I figured I could paint them if I didn’t like the finish. When they arrived, I was pleasantly surprised with the colour, and I plan on leaving them as is.

After installing the gate hinge on the bedframe, we soon discovered that because it wasn’t a typical gate, it was too small for the hinge. It really rattled around in there and was really difficult to maneuver.

So Gerald went to the barn and cut small circles out of poly 1.5 inch pipe, to fit down inside of the hinge. This kept the bed frame nice and snug.

I am so in love with my “new” gates!! I think it just adds an element of charm to the garden.

I hope this gives you inspiration to add an old bed frame to your own garden or space! As always, thank you so much for stopping by! Happy gardening!

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  1. We made over a headboard as a gate too. I love repurposing items around the house. Great job, love this idea! I especially love the patina to your garden gate.

    1. Tracey says:

      Thanks Cara! It’s so great to repurpose isn’t it? Thanks so much for stopping by!

      1. Lynda says:

        Love the gates!

        1. Tracey says:

          Thanks Lynnie! xoxo

  2. Aunt+Barb says:

    Your ingenuity never ceases to amaze me❤️

    1. Tracey says:

      Awe, Thanks Aunt Barb! xoxo

  3. Oh I think it’s still pretty Tracey! I love the Vintage rustic feel to the gates and just how clever it was to place them like that and looks awesome my friend!

    1. Tracey says:

      Thank you so much Dee! xoxo

  4. Melanie says:

    I love this ❤️ I also have a question about your picket fence. I just finished one myself, but haven’t decided on painting it or staining it. I love the look of yours, is that just worn or did you paint it to look that way? This is exactly how I want my new fence to look 🙂

    1. Tracey says:

      Thank you so much! We painted the fence years ago, and honestly was too lazy to repaint it.
      So its worn. HAHA


  5. Hi there. Love the gate. Just wondering where you got the gate hinges from – which site? thanks

    1. Tracey says:

      Hi Kim, Thank you so much! We purchased them online from Home Hardware.

      1. thank you

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