Transform a ‘blah’ indoor gate with just 3 materials

 

 

 

I do not like the baby/doggy gate that we have used for Emma for the past 5 years. It’s the traditional white plastic gate. Emma is 12 lbs so we don’t need a heavy gate.

I came up with this idea after I noticed a chunk out of the corner of the wall as I came up from the basement that must have happened days before when we had something moved from the basement. On inspection I noticed the corner had a metal piece inside! Grabbing a magnet I placed it in several areas along the corner and the corner on the opposite side of the steps. All magnetic!

Im going to make a MAGNETIC doggy gate!!!

 

 

a small dog foam core board and magnets what does this all mean, Emma sniffing the roll of magnets

Emma sniffing the roll of magnets!
i have an open basement and that opening is 40 inches. The old gate stood at 26 inches high.
I found a 42 inch wide by 32 inch high foam core board at Hobby Lobby.
I trimmed off 6 inches along the top.
I also cut out a small section on each bottom side to accommodate the baseboard.

 

a small dog foam core board and magnets what does this all mean, Standard plastic gate leaning against wall

Standard plastic gate leaning against wall

 

The picture below shows after the board was trimmed to size how I placed 5 magnets along each side in holes I cut to magnet size. The magnets pushed in easily.

 

a small dog foam core board and magnets what does this all mean, Magnets pressed into holes I made

Magnets pressed into holes I made.

 

After this I used duct tape To tape over the holes on each side and also the top and bottom. I even crisscrossed the tape for extra board strength.

 

a small dog foam core board and magnets what does this all mean, New but ugly gate

New but ugly gate

 

Now you can cover it If youd like. Contact paper would work but I had fabric that would go well in my hallway with the Bee gallery wall.
If you use fabric don’t overlap as you don’t want extra thickness over the magnets.

 

a small dog foam core board and magnets what does this all mean, Complete

Complete

 

I had a French script fabric and printed out a Queen Bee print from Graphics Fairy onto decal paper which I ironed on in the center. I also had Bee ribbon that I used as trim.
This is working so well. I love that the magnets actually work!!!

 

Materials I used for this project:

Foam core board $8.99   (Hobby Lobby)

Magnets   (I always have magnets)

Duct tape   (Always have duct tape on hand)