So I started by measuring the width of the gate and laying out my fence boards. I had to cut two a bit to make it fit.
My puppy just wanted so badly to help. How nice to have such good help!! I laid out all the 2x4's and cut them to match the design of the door. It is not perfect (I have never done this kind of thing before). But it was fun to figure it out. I used screws to keep the boards in their place and then flipped the gate over. I secured the boards from the front of the gate.
Then I cut the top of the door. I used a sawsal to cut it. I found out later that I should have done this with a jigsaw. No kidding! I was shaking so hard from the sawsal bouncing all over. The girls were watching and howling with laughter. Please use the right tool. It is ever so much better for you, though less fun for your kids.
I bought a really cool metal window to put in the door. Since I didn't want to screw it up, I had my darling husband help me. We stapled the template to the door, drilled four holes in the corner and then used the jig saw to cut the hole. We ended up having to sand a bit to get the window to fit just right. I LOVE having the window in the door. It is what makes it beautiful!!
I had to wait to put the door in until the fence boards were done. It is so pretty though!
I cut all the 2x4's and had them ready to go. Then the real work began.
After beating the boards off and installing the 2x4's, I put up all the fence boards. I used a 2x4 to try to get them all even. Again, not perfect, but good enough.
This long fence took me two hours to do. I'm sure it would take professionals a lot less time, but I'm learning. Once the 2x4's were up, the rest went pretty quickly.
Here is the finished product. I am in love with my new fence and gate. Hope it inspires you to get out there and do your project. I haven't done this kind of thing before, but it is really fun. I have to admit, I was giggling and giddy when it was done. It is awesome to learn something new and do it.
My metal window was purchased through Nuvo Iron. It was $60 and shipped to my house in a week. I also go the latch, ornamental door handle and hinges. The hinges that came with this didn't look strong enough. I bought separate ones the could hold 48 pounds each.