September 7, 2014

Antique Wrought Iron Arbor with a DIY Pallet Fence

It's back to school this week for our son which means it's back to blogging for me.  I hope everyone had a great fun filled summer.  I took some time off from posting on my blog this summer to spend quality time with our son.  I still managed to complete a bunch of projects.  I received an antique wrought iron arbor for Christmas 2 years ago.


Antique Wrought Iron Arbor with a DIY Pallet Fence



 I wanted to place it near the front of our house and make it a grand entrance into the backyard.  Since we are building the new addition,  I had to choose another location.  I had to place it where it wouldn't interfere with the construction yet still be a focal point entering the yard.

Antique Wrought Iron Arbor with a DIY Pallet Fence

It's painted black with the rust just starting to show thru showing it's true age and beauty.
We placed it out behind the house and without a fence it just didn't look right.  I made a call and had a load of pallets delivered.  It took me a few days to rip and cut the boards off the pallets.  I used a sawzall and cut most of them since I didn't want to destroy the boards by prying them off and splitting the wood.


Antique Wrought Iron Arbor with a DIY Pallet Fence

Most of the pallets I used were already aged from sitting outside and had that nice gray patina to them. It was just the look I wanted next to the wrought iron.
 It took me about a week to make this small fence since I didn't spend 8 hours a day working on it.  All of the wood used for this fence was from pallets of different sizes including the rails.

Antique Wrought Iron Arbor with a DIY Pallet Fence

I made the gates and added black hardware.  I also made wooden boxes and stenciled them " Fresh Herbs " for some herbs that I use most keeping them close to the house and not having to run over to the main vegetable garden.  I incorporated the boxes right into the fence as I was putting it together.

Antique Wrought Iron Arbor with a DIY Pallet Fence

I added a Lace vine to each side of the arbor.  It is a perennial.  Once it blooms it will have little delicate white flowers all over.  I also added a mix of morning glory seeds (annual) for a pop of color thoughout the white flowers.  The vine is young at this stage.  I look forward to showing you an update of the arbor and vine next season as it matures.

The arbor and pallet fence separate our wood pile making it a focal point when entering the yard from the back deck.  Old and rustic, it looks like it's been there for years.  Another DIY that was easier that you think.

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