Garden Gate – Getting Started

This is an amazing photo I found online that I would like to use as an example for our garden fence.  I believe the photo is from a house in Canada.  I love the Victorian-style spindles, rustic farm tools, and other goodies.  It’s unique, colorful, and fun!

Example garden fence

I’ll write and photograph our progress for making a garden fence.  One example will become our own story of the things we’ve found recently at flea markets and antique stores as well as the treasures we’ve saved for years (knowing that eventually they’ll find the perfect home project).

After Bee Haven was finished, and the right side of the garden was looking good, I wanted to do something with the left side of the garden.


A recycled Greenhouse will go up, but the small locust fences around the peripheral needs to be replaced.  A colorful and whimsical fence will be perfect.  In early spring, I started planning and thinking about what tools to accumulate.

In May, when we headed east, we stopped at Marsh’s Barn and Antiques in Manteca. I got a vintage headboard and three shovels.  The hardboard probably won’t be used for the fence.


Then, my friend and carpentry-guru Rich suggested that I use his truck doors because “every farm needs farm truck!”  I wasn’t sold on the idea because they are big, but I’ve come to really like that idea.  I think we can do a fun pattern in the window openings with hub caps or a steering wheel.

Truck Doors

Next outing was the Santa Cruz Flea Market where I bought a cheap wall decoration I can paint, a cow/wagon metal harness, and another rustic “thing.”


The next find was picking up many used spindles from craigslist (free).  I am super glad I came across these spindles.

I also found some larger spindles at Mac’s Place, an antique store in Boulder Creek.  They were $5 each and I grabbed all six of them.  When I went back for one more, I came across two pick forks which I added to the collection.

In October, I started painting, using our green and orange house colors as well as an assortment of paint I have in the garage.   After painting, I can really see it coming together.  But, it’ll take me about a month to paint all the spindles from craigslist.  Four colors plus two coats of paint = many weekends.

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