It’s time for a challenge. The challenge? Build a project to spruce up your outdoor space! It seems like that’s all I’ve been doing lately for my backyard camper retreat. Today’s project is a gas meter cover—a decorative option to cover up this outdoor eyesore! Be sure to check out my friends’ projects at the bottom of this post!
Outdoor Eyesore | Diy Gas Meter Cover
We all have them, outdoor eyesores. This is the gas meter that needs to be disguised.
Isn't it perfect? I love it so much! Let’s see how this gas meter cover project came together.
When it was time to figure out my project, it seemed like a no-brainer to make it out of one of these pallets left over from the deliveries during the backyard makeover.
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I started dismantling the pallets with my Duckbill Deck Wrecker . Within an hour I had all three of the pallets separated and was well into getting all the nails removed.
How to remove a stubborn pallet nail
There were actually very few nails left in the stringers. When I dismantled the pallet for my pallet love seat bench I learned a new technique for removing stubborn nails. On that pallet I was able to “unscrew” the nail with my vice grips. These nails would not unscrew. I twisted them around several times to break their bond, then pried them out with the vice grips.
Luckily, these stringers were not notched, and they were smaller than most. They would be part of my faux garden gate that will be the gas meter cover.
Easily harvest pallet wood
Three pallets, all different in size. I didn’t realize that until I separated all the boards. For more great projects and tips, see my post Tips For Dismantling Pallets.
The length of the pallet boards were 36”, 44” and 48”. I laid out the boards to decide which set I wanted to use for the gas meter cover project. You may notice the boards on the left are much thicker.
I actually chose the shortest boards to make the faux garden gate.
While looking for some spindles to make up the posts of the faux garden gate, I chose this old crib. The height of the spindles were what determined how tall the pallet boards could be.
First, I needed to remove all the crib hardware. I generally save crib hardware, but some of these pieces were plastic.
Dismantle crib with saw
Because I didn’t know how the saw was put together, I chose to use a reciprocating saw to dismantle it. Had I used a rubber mallet to separate the pieces, I may have had too much patching to do.
You can see that I would have to patch the entire length of the crib end as well as some dowels. When in doubt, I prefer sawing.
Test fit of faux garden gate
I did a dry fit to make sure the boards would all work together.
After removing the finial on the crib end, I cut off the curve on the miter saw. But first, I removed the threaded piece in the image on the right.
Assemble gas meter cover
Because I wanted a quick and easy project, I chose to use my kreg jig to drill pocket holes in both ends of all the pallet stringers.
To leave enough reveal on the front side, I used a scrap piece of wood to raise the stringer off the table. I repeated this on both ends of all three stringers.
Attach Pallet Boards
Each pallet board was secured from the front with three wood screws, one in each stringer.
Did you notice that I turned the crib posts upside down? Those are the legs of the crib posts sticking up. It doesn’t look much like a garden gate, does it?
Cut arch to faux garden gate
Because I want the gas meter cover to resemble a garden gate, I made it have an arch like the pallet bench that’s on the opposite side of the backyard. I used the same twin headboard for this project.
How to add dowels to crib finials
In order to give some height to the garden gate sides, I decided to add the finials to the top. Remember, this is actually the legs of the crib posts.
This handy drill bit gauge is helpful to figure out what size bit I need to match the dowel. Using an irwin quick clamp keeps my hands safe while drilling the hole into the finial. Gorilla Wood Glue secures the finial.
Paint Sprayer tips
Even though I wanted light coverage, sort of like a whitewash look, I decided that it would be easiest if I used my Homeright Super Finish Max. The paint was diluted slightly with water. I prefer to paint the back of my project first, then I turn it around and lean it lightly on the sawhorse.
The adjustable spray tip comes in really handy on a project like this. I was able to switch from a horizontal spray pattern on the board slats to a vertical spray pattern while I was spraying the posts.
Spray paint gate hardware
I spray painted the hardware and attached it to the faux gate. It really changed the look of the faux garden gate gas meter cover.
The little welcome sign is so much cuter since I put the new twisted wire hanger on it. Granted there are still more outdoor eyesores on the back of the house, but with this new gas meter cover, at least your eye has something pretty to focus on. Maybe my guests will not notice the other lesser eyesores on the back of the house.
Thanks for pinning my project before you go check out the other great projects in this month’s challenge!
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