DIY Dog Gate From a Bench - A Tutorial

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A week ago I got sick of our temporary gate that we keep at the bottom of our stairs for our cocker spaniel (similar one here). We wanted a gate there to keep her from going into our daughters room and finding those tiny Barbie shoes and what-not and chewing them to pieces. We are nervous that one day she just might swallow one of those bad boys.
Every time that I go upstairs, I have to climb over it because I don't feel like removing it and latching it back. It has become an Olympic sport, climbing over that gate with a basket full of laundry and not falling over it and breaking my neck.
So, we took a trip to Lowe's and purchased some wood to get started. But when we came home, I decided to clean out the attic and realized that I had this bench that I wanted to get rid of. Well duh...I could use the wood from our bench and save a few bucks on materials!
My husband some measurements and he gave me the nod that means my bright idea would work.
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We removed the top of the bench and used the remaining parts to construct our gate.
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Parts (1 & 4) were used for the main pieces to the gate and parts (2 & 3) closed the gaps to each side of the gate. We cut parts (2 & 3) in half to use on both sides of the main pieces as you will see below.
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We screwed the pieces together using 3" screws and filled with wood glue. Once the gate was constructed, we gave it a good sanding and primed and painted it using Rust-Oleum's gloss white spray paint.
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We fastened the two main parts of the gate with simple hinges that we also spray painted using Rust-Oleum's flat black paint, which gave the hardware a nice matte finish. The remaining hinges were fastened into the wall (in a stud of course) and to the front side of the gate.
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Pretty simple and it serves its purpose.

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