Make a Pet or Baby Gate Inspired by Modern Art

Add stylish safety and separation to door openings, hallways or staircases with a child and baby gate inspired by iconic artist Piet Mondrian.

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Cut Support Strips and Frame

Measure, mark and cut one wall support strip using 2x2” pine and one wall support strip using 1x3” pine. Refer to the gate's dimensions; each strip should be the same width and height as the gate.

Next, cut the frame pieces. You'll need two side strips cut from 2x2” pine as well as a top and bottom strip of 2x2” pine.

Add Notch With Dado Blade

In order for the 3/4” piece of plywood to fit snugly into the 2x2” frame pieces, each piece will need to be notched along its inside edge with a dado blade. Place each piece along table saw, then add notch with dado blade.

Spray-Paint Support Strips, Frame and Fascia

Lay support strips and frame pieces out on paper placed along a flat, level surface. Keeping spray can 8” from the surface of the support strips, fascia and frame pieces, move back and forth in a slow, controlled manner until all pieces are thoroughly coated. Allow to dry for about 1 hour before assembling gate.

Tip: Although fascia has not been cut to size, it’s best to go ahead and pre-paint it along with the other pieces to save time.

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