Well, I can't believe it but next week little Miss Lila turns 1!! She has become extremely mobile...including walking :) So a few weeks ago it was time to put up the baby gates.
Our not-so-lovely-but-thankful-we-have-it military housing comes with the really steep stairs. With really sharp edges.
So we needed to stop little Miss from climbing them (and she IS a climber!). I'm really not a huge fan of the plastic baby gates...they don't have a lot of character and are really expensive for what you get. So my crafty husband searched the internet for a better solution and came across this lovely barndoor baby gate plan from Remodelaholic. He used mostly pallet wood - so they were very inexpensive. Like most everything else in our house we decided to add color. In fact my daughter has been known to punish her dolls by making them wear all white or all grey...the horror!
The gate at the bottom of the stairs had to be hinged in the center - there wasn't enough room to open it all the way.
It simply folds neatly against the wall.
(don't you love that handrail...?)
My thanks to the Officer for his mad woodworking skills.
I love them, and they add just a little more character to this big white box we live in...that I'm very thankful for ;)
p.s. Be happy with what you have and you will have plenty to be happy about.