Problem Solved!

It's my glider.
That's right, sneaky (darling) dogs of mine. Take that.

As I had previously mentioned, I was perplexed over how to keep the dogs off of my porch furnishings, especially at night. The new/old glider was the prime target for our sofa-lovin' dogs but in a pinch they even tried curling up and laying on my rocking chair pad.

In comes handy hubby to the rescue. We talked about the problem and he said "give me an idea of what you want and I can do it this weekend".

I. Love. That.

So we came up with a plan for a gate. I wanted it to be just enough for the dogs to not jump over --nothing huge. I want to be able to see over it when sitting on the porch. I also thought it should compliment the architecture and since the sides of the porch have a curve I thought it would work to make the gate have a curved top. I also wanted it to be simple for Hubby to build and not take up the whole holiday.

So he worked on it Sunday evening and Monday morning and Yay! He had it up by mid-day Monday. Plenty of time left in the day for relaxing.....

So here they are!

Notice the dog on the outside ;-)

Aren't they great!!!

I didn't get to paint them because Hubby says the treated lumber is still too wet. He said I had to wait a couple of weeks. I think it will end up being brown like the house trim or perhaps red like the door. Hmm... What do you think?

And before anyone thinks I am such a meany...of course I open the gates up and let the darlings come spend time on the porch
. Just not when I'm not there. can come in too....
So everybody is happy. The glider is getting used heavily on these beautiful, breezy, warm afternoons that we are finally having. It's the perfect place for an afternoon with a good book!

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Ashley said...

It's just perfect! I can't wait to see what it will look like painted! :)

Cindy said...

Your husband did a great job! It looks perfect for your house. My husband does things like that for me too. Give him a problem or project and he always comes up with something.

I envy you your new barn roof. We have a metal roof on our big barn, but it is rusty and needs repair. I'm not sure when we will get it fixed. Love the pictures of your yard!


Oh, what a great porch, so inviting and perfect for leasure time! Your hubby did a great job, because furry darlings always ruin things and I love your patriotic quilt on the bench. Lots of hugs. Fabby

once in a blue moon said...

its all great looking~

Shelia said...

Your gates look wonderful and how smart your hubby is to make them too. They look perfect with your charming house!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Your hubby did a great job! They look wonderful. I love the sad pensive look....My Bentley would probably be barking to let me know he wasn't happy!

Marie said...

Oh, the gates are PERFECT!!! Consider not painting them - I like the look of natural wood(especially next to that stone). We used treated lumber like that for our new deck and just put a clear protective finish over it, which left it a slightly darker brown. Whatever you decide to do, it is a very charming solution to your problem.

wickedfaerie said...

Hi Cathy,

I also live in the country with a lot of dogs and cats and a lot of porches on our farmhouse. I had the same problem and had to put a gate on the front and side porch so I could have a place to sit not just for the pets. They still have a large porch on the other side of the house and my studio porch. Your gate looks great! I did not see a button for you so I made one from your little geranium picture and put you on my blog and I am now a follower, love your place. Stop by my blog sometime. "wickedfaeriequeen.blogspot"

Have a good day,

Blondie's Journal said...

The gate is just perfect {and so is your hubby for taking the time to make it}. It looks wonderful! My dogs love the furniture, too and I have blankets and quilts everywhere! It hard to look at their darling faces when they are curled up sleeping. I'm glad you found a solution!!

Hurray for being featured on Brenda's blog...I am a new follower! :-)


Honey at 2805 said...

Such a neat gate and clever idea! Luv your blog...there is just so much to see here! I am happy to say that I'm your latest follower!

Cozy Little House said...

That's a wonderful idea! I love that glider, by the way. I saw on your sidebar a yo-yo pillow. I have one I made years ago that looks almost just like it.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh, I love your glider...and you're beautiful home! I'm saying WELCOME with Brenda at the Cozy little house! ♥

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hi Cathy!
What a wonderful blog you have...I've just found you through Brenda's Cozy Little House. I'm so glad she introduced you to us...I'm going to enjoy looking around to see what I've been missing! It's so nice to 'meet' you and I will be back this evening to stroll through your wonderful world. Have a great day!
Maura :)

Kelli said...

What a wonderful porch! :) And I love the gate. It adds even more of a 'cozy' element to the house.
I just discovered you through Brenda's Welcome Wagon and I'm glad I did! Hope you'll stop in and see me sometime. :)

Debbie @ said...

This is so funny, we had to do the same thing! Our lab and all the kittens and cats all curled up together on our back porch on the wicker couch...we'd come out of the back door (our front door) and here would be all the cats snuggled up on top of the lab, curled up for a long winter's nap...hahahha....I'm thinking...that's my wicker couch! So you got it...we built a gate...and they now know "off the porch!" They all sulk and put their heads down and head off the porch!
Love your blog by the way!
We have sheep too!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Awww, such cute puppies! What a good solution - it fits right in with the style of your house.

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

I'm enjoying reading through your adorable blog! It's so inspiring, we live in the city now but really hope to have a farm someday. Love your sweet front porch! Have a great weekend,
Cheers, Andrea


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