Antique Mexican Doors Become SoCal Gates

Antique Mexican doors and salvaged woods are used to make a pair of matching courtyard gates.

Reclaimed tin is hammered flat and used to make a quilted edging on the tops and bottoms of the gates.


We have been having some great gates coming out of the shops of late. I featured six of them in a recent Facebook post and thought I would go into a little more detail in blog posts.

First up, we have a pair of courtyard gates that are headed to Southern California, near Palm Springs. In that area you have a lot of mid-century architecture and a lot of Spanish-style architecture and landscape design. These particular gates tend more toward the Spanish style. As you can see in the drawing, the gates are 66″ high, larger than they appear in the photographs.

They were created using antique Mexican doors and salvaged lumber. In the photo above you can see the beautiful patina of the antique Mexican door panel. The back of the gate preserves the reverse of the panel with the original iron staples.

The tops and bottoms of the gates are trimmed with what we call quilted tin. Reclaimed tin is hammered flat and “quilted” in place with tiny nails.

The gates are outfitted with iron pull rings with round escutcheons, and ball catch hardware (not shown).

I love these handsome curling latches by Acorn. They are fitted at the top of both gates.

The hand rubbed patina protects the original finish of the antique Mexican doors, and daubs of green paint and a warm wax finish on the salvaged lumber parts of the gate compliment the antique finish. I must say, the overall effect is quite elegant.


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