Today I’m excited to share with you how my husband and I made the PERFECT white picket fence gates (one for each side of our house). It was a labor of love, but am so excited with how it turned out and am excited how it didn’t cost us an arm and leg.
I was being really difficult and particular on the type of gate I wanted for our backyard. I really wanted something that was going to look charming, pretty, practical, and that didn’t cost us a fortune like vinyl does. So the best idea was to make one. The thought of building a custom one gave us a headache. So we did some research and found a way to made it a semi custom one with using pre made picket fences. This post isn’t going to be a step by step tutorial because I suck at them, but I’ll walk you through the steps of how my husband and I made this.
To make both of these gates we purchase the following:
stainless steel screws (we had some on hand already)
1 gallon of white latex exterior paint
1 gallon of liquid cement
4 bags of quick set cement
1 plastic wheel (you won’t need this if you have grass underneath the gate)
Some of the equipment we used for this project
Here’s a rough synopsis of how we built this thing:
-Used the auger and dug two holes for each gate, about two feet deep.
-Poured 2 inches of pebbles into the holes.
-Measured how high we wanted our gate to be. Cut pressure treated posts and prepped them by painting two coats of latex exterior paint. Applied the bottom 2 feet of the posts with roofing tar so the wood will be protected from water.
– Once the posts were dried we put them in their holes. Used a leveler to make sure they were leveled and used some scraps of wood and staked them into the grass to hold the posts still while we poured the cement.
– Mixed the cement in the wheelbarrow and poured them into the holes where the poles were in. We let the cement dry for 24 hours.
– Unscrewed the wood we attached to the poles to secure them during pouring the cement.
– Measured and cut two pieces out of the 2 x 4’s for each gate (because we technically had three gates we cut six pieces) a diagonal and a horizontal piece to add extra support for the fence panels. Once we painted two coats of paint, let them dry and then to attach them to the back of the gate we drilled pocket holes with a pocket hole jig.
-Added the black hardware to the gate, wheel, and vertical gate stopper.
Below is one of the gates where we poured cement in the ground to support the gate posts.
I love the way the black hardware looks against the white gate.
On the other side of the house we made a two door swinging gate to accommodate larger items in and and out of our backyard, like a mower, wheel barrel, motorcycle and those types of items.
Here is a picture of the two door gate closed. It looks like jail. Poor dog.
This is how we filled the space between the our gate and our neighbor’s chain link fence.
On one side we had to install the post in the grass, and on the other side we had to dig a hole underneath the brick and filled it with cement, and at the very top covered it with pebbles. You could cover it with cement, but we ran out of cement, so this was the easiest fix.
I hope this has inspired you to build your own white picket fence or gate. We spent $368 dollars for all of the supplies to make these gates. We got quoted $800 to do vinyl! I’ve loved it so much and it took us a couple weeks to complete with the time we had at nights and weekends. Thanks to my husband, he deserves a prestigious award. If you have any questions about the gate, please leave a comment below and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll ask my husband for you.
If you like this post, you’ll like some of these other DIY posts I’ve done.