Monthly DIY Challenge: Make your own Farmhouse Style Wall Decor with this DIY Rusted Antique Gate

This inexpensive and easy to make DIY Rusted Antique Gate is the perfect farmhouse style wall decor to get that Fixer-Upper look!

This inexpensive and easy to make DIY Rusted Antique Gate is the perfect farmhouse style wall decor to get that Fixer-Upper look! | www.makingitinthemountains.com
 
 

Hello friends!

Welcome to another #MonthlyDIYChallenge! Y’all know how much fun I have teaming up with my talented bloggy friends the first Wednesday of each month to see the different ideas we can come up with from the very same starting point!

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This month we teamed up with Modern Masters to give our projects an old, weathered patina with their Metal Effects paint line.

12 Beautiful ways to add {patina} with paint!  | www.makingitinthemountains.com
 

It’s a brilliant line of reactive paints available in a three different colour palettes (you can check them out here), but just couldn’t resist that rusted iron finish! And I had just the project to try it on…
 

If you’re a fan of the show Fixer-Upper (and, let’s face it, who isn’t?), you’ll know that Jo (I like to pretend we’re close enough for me to call her that) loves to decorate with old architectural details. Bringing in these amazing vintage finds is such a brilliant way to inject so much charm and character to a newly designed space. And she just has this magical way of finding the most perfect pieces and putting them to work in the most perfect ways. {sigh}

Obviously, she’s a creative genius when it comes to seeing a ton of potential when the rest of us can only make out disaster and disappointment.

But, after watching every single episode (most multiple times even), I feel like I’m picking up ways to create this farmhouse look she’s perfected in a way that speaks most to me and my own space (proof that watching hours of television isn’t so bad after all!).

There are countless gorgeous details from each and every show burned into my brain. And many, many more pinned to my {Dream Home} board on Pinterest, including these two, which have had me hunting for an antique gate to hang on my wall for ages now…

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Problem is, we’ve got a pretty limited supply of antique stores around here, which unfortunately, also means a limited supply of pretty vintage finds waiting to be discovered. It also means that when you finally do come across the perfect piece, often times it’s far too expensive to justify.

So, what’s a girl to do in a land of no antique shops?

Well, ya’ll know the answer to this one…
 

-How to make your own rusted antique gate-

I started with a simple metal gate that I picked up at the hardware store for $40. Amazon had a great selection too – see my favourites here, here and here – but, these would have cost me a small fortune to ship up here to Canada.

Armed with my Metal Effects kit, I got straight to work giving my gate a rusty, old patina worthy of the ship lap walls I plan to hang it on. Making sure to follow the directions, I painted the gate with 2 coats of primer and two coats of iron paint.

DIY Rusted Antique Gate | www.makingitinthemountains.com

DIY Rusted Antique Gate | www.makingitinthemountains.com
 

Then came the fun part, using the handy spray bottle, I gave my gate a fairly thin coat of the rust activator and watched as it turned to rust before my very eyes. And, after this magical transformation was complete, I gave it a quick spray of the Permacoat Extreme to ensure all of that rusty goodness stayed on the gate (and off my walls).

Finally, I was left with the rusty old gate I’d been hoping for!

DIY Rusted Antique Gate | www.makingitinthemountains.com

DIY Rusted Antique Gate | www.makingitinthemountains.com

DIY Rusted Antique Gate | www.makingitinthemountains.com

DIY Rusted Antique Gate | www.makingitinthemountains.com

DIY Rusted Antique Gate | www.makingitinthemountains.com

DIY Rusted Antique Gate | www.makingitinthemountains.com

DIY Rusted Antique Gate | www.makingitinthemountains.com

DIY Rusted Antique Gate | www.makingitinthemountains.com

DIY Rusted Antique Gate | www.makingitinthemountains.com

DIY Rusted Antique Gate | www.makingitinthemountains.com

DIY Rusted Antique Gate | www.makingitinthemountains.com
 
 

I really couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! I really think it will make for the perfect farmhouse style wall decor and I cannot wait to show you where I plan to hang it (hint: it just might have something to do with our latest reno project)!!!

What do y’all think? You’d never know this wasn’t the real deal, would you?

This inexpensive and easy to make DIY Rusted Antique Gate is the perfect farmhouse style wall decor to get that Fixer-Upper look! | www.makingitinthemountains.com
 

HUGE thanks to Modern Masters for sponsoring this month’s challenge! We had so much fun playing around with their Metal Effects paint kits!

Now be sure to check out what my talented bloggy friends came up with for this month’s challenge too!


 


Anything & Everything | Average But Inspired | Brepurposed


Canary Street | DIY Passion | Dwell Beautiful


Houseologie | Little House of Four | Little Red Brick House


Making it in the Mountains | Table & Hearth | The Inspired Hive

 

*UPDATE*
 
 

Pop on over here to see where I put this pretty gate to work:

A Farmhouse Style Bathroom | www.makingitinthemountains.com
 

And you won’t want to miss all of these other fab {farmhouse style bathroom} projects:


 

Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!
 

PS. I totally started using the phrase “y’all” since watching Fixer-Upper! Nobody (seriously, NOBODY) says that in Northern Alberta, but I think it’s just too cute a phrase to leave all the way down in Texas, don’t you?

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48 thoughts on “Monthly DIY Challenge: Make your own Farmhouse Style Wall Decor with this DIY Rusted Antique Gate

  1. Wow, that gate is just amazing! I never knew such products existed. Thanks for the post, can’t wait to give it a try!

  2. Your DIY rusted gate knocked my socks off, especially in the photos of the double gate in front of the doors. And you used y’all correctly, as a plural. I’m from Georgia, but I’ve lived all across the South, 30 years in Texas. I’m honored you have picked up “y’all” for your own.

    1. Thank you so, so much Jewell for your sweet words! I absolutely adore the word “y’all” and use it ALL the time now! 😉 It’s just got such a charming, friendly feel to it, you know? Thanks again!

  3. Kristi – this piece is definitely inspired. I love it and it’s just your style. The rust look compliments the gate spindles perfectly. You’d never know you bought it new 🙂

  4. It’s beautiful, Kristi!! Looks perfectly “rusty” and antique!! Hope your week’s going great! xo

  5. Very cool! When I saw the thumbnail for this project I actually thought that you had double front doors and had mounted it to them (which I thought was amazing), but wall decor is great too!

  6. Kristi a year ago I was all about banishing the rust but since I have been cruising in blogland for a year now, I have come to appreciate the beauty of the patina and rust. I have a massive iron gate in my basement which looks a lot like yours but my husband says it is too heavy. But I have the same exact idea as you. Put it somewhere to display its beauty and all the intricacies of the iron. I’ll have to try and sweet talk him into bringing it upstairs. Thank you for sharing this beautiful antique gate at Sweet Inspiration and for giving me bad ideas. 😉

  7. This turned out beautiful! I don’t do a lot of farmhouse-style decor but I would absolutely rock this gate somewhere in my home! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday this week!

  8. love the finished gate but it look as if it is just propped against the door. What did you end up doing with them.?

  9. Oh, Kristi! That gate looks stunning against your soft colored doors! You have the most beautiful way of making a subtle, but distinct statement. I just love it! Thanks so much for linking up at the Pretty Project Party — please join us again this Thursday! – Rachael

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