Make it Work!

Ok, so first off an apology for the lesser frequency of posting. We are hard at work on the kitchen and it is eating up most of our renovation time/money at the moment. I really don’t want to blog about the projects there yet, however, since most things are unfinished and I’d rather give you a final look at a completed product rather than bits and pieces of half finished things along the way.

Ok – on to a fun little solution that I found for a problem that we had! So, as you probably know, we adopted a dog a few months back



Sometimes, we need to block off rooms so that he can’t get into them. For example, if we are working on something that has a lot of little parts that we don’t want him to accidentally swallow, or we want to keep him out of the room where our dishwasher is (he likes to sneak into it and lick the plates).

For now, we were using the best solution available to us… a folding table. It was not good looking, and wasn’t particularly convenient either. Gotta do what you gotta do.


I used this picture because Loki is making crazy eyes. His eyes reflect my inner anguish over using a table as a door.

We looked at a baby gate, but none of them fit with the aesthetic of the house, and they are difficult to move between rooms. I also looked at some movable dog barrier gates, the kind that aren’t attached to anything but that function as a stand-alone barrier to keep a dog (that respects boundaries) out of a room, but all of the reviews said that they were flimsy and fell apart quickly with little to no use.

But a thought occurred to me … why was I just looking at wooden dog gates? If all I needed was a small stand-alone barrier thing, surely I could use something else? The first thing that came to mind was a screen, like a fireplace screen. I looked them up on Amazon and, sure enough, they fit our door openings perfectly! $40 and two days later (thank you Amazon Prime)…


I didn’t even have to bribe him to stand there. He just likes to be in pictures.

Success! This is the ‘after’ with the screen in place – now we have something that looks nice that we can move between rooms when needed to keep Loki out of mischief.

-PS- this will only work if your dog respects boundaries and barriers. We got lucky and if we put up something in his way, Loki will stay away from it. If you have a dog that doesn’t do that, this probably won’t work for you. But I bet if you hung that screen on a few hinges and put a hook/eye closure on it… it might work! It just wouldn’t be portable.


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