Classic Santa Fe Blue Gate Made with Reclaimed Wood

A custom Santa Fe gate is crafted with salvaged wood, an antique panel, custom grillwork and hammered reclaimed tin.


Our final entry in this series features a classic Santa Fe gate. You see blue accents all over Santa Fe – doors, window trim, shutters, columns & corbels, tiles, and, yes, many gates. It is said that long ago, doors and windows were painted blue to ward off evil spirits. It is now a design aesthetic that is part of Santa Fe style.

We start off with the site photo – the “before” shot, with a purple gate and peachy stucco.

As I mentioned in the last post, clients usually peruse our library, looking at and marking different styles, colors and elements of previous work. The new gate was inspired by a gate we had done a number of years ago, seen below.

That gate was made with an antique Mexican door that was widened with reclaimed Douglas fir. It had an operable shutter (shown open) that was covered with custom iron grillwork. This is the jumping off point for the new design.

The existing header is retained – refinished with color applied – and a 3″ clearance built in to the gate to accommodate gravel and uneven terrain. The clients’ house features blue trim, and they wanted that incorporated into the new gate. The gate was constructed using an antique panel and reclaimed Douglas fir.

It was fitted with iron L-straps and clavos, and the top of the gate trimmed with hammered, reclaimed tin.

Custom iron grillwork lines the window, and the cast entry set features a deadbolt with a tear drop key flap.

The house and wall have since been re-stuccoed, and the new gate is installed!

No two pieces are the same.

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