From Builder Grade to Custom Made: Upgrade to Wrought Iron Balusters

There’s a building boom happening in the Twin Cities metro area. Builders in the northwest metro are especially busy. New homeowners have a lot of design decisions to make when they purchase new construction. Should they go with builder-grade fixtures and finishes or upgrade to something finer?

Whether you’re buying new this year or bought new several years ago, chances are you’d like to upgrade builder grade fixtures to something that suits your style and personality. One often overlooked option for upgrading your home’s finishes are iron balusters.

Iron Balusters Take Your Home’s Style to a New Level

The balusters on your staircase or loft keep your family safe, but they don’t offer much in terms of style. Builders often go with what’s simplest, the most cost effective, and the most likely to appeal to a wide range of buyers. Builder-grade balusters you get are usually wooden, thin, and simple. If you’re lucky, they’ll be stained, but often, they’re simply painted.

Iron balusters can transform the look of your staircase and loft area. Artistic Ornamental Iron will work with you to custom-design balusters that fit the style of your home and your family’s personality. We’ve created high-ornamental balusters for Spanish-inspired homes and sleek, modern designs for contemporary properties. We can even add a bit of whimsy if your tastes are more eccentric.


Working with Artistic Ornamental Iron

Once you’ve approved our final designs, our wrought iron artisans will get to work on your iron balusters. We only use high-quality, American-made steel and local suppliers. Upon completion, we can ship the balusters directly to you for self-installation. Or, you can rely on our insured and bonded experts to install your balusters for you.

Whether you’ve been in your home for years or currently shopping for new construction, it’s a great time to consider upgrading your builder-grade finishes to beautiful, safe, and durable wrought iron. Trust the Artistic Ornamental Iron artisans to design, build, and install iron balusters that fit your tastes and keep your family safe. Contact us today to get started on your project.

Iron Doors Provide Safety and Curb Appeal

While winter doesn’t want to release its chilly hold on Minnesota, the Twin Cities spring housing season is heating up. Charming older homes in Minneapolis and St. Paul have a lot of curb appeal. Often, a significant part of that charm is an ornate iron door.

Wrought Iron Doors in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Decorative wrought iron doors became popular in the early twentieth century. The homes of wealthy families along Summit Avenue in St. Paul and Mt. Curve Avenue in Minneapolis featured ornate doors that provided security and beauty to the street-facing sides of their homes. Owners of more modest homes followed suit.

Today, many historic homes in neighborhoods across the Twin Cities have decorative wrought iron doors. You can find them adorning homes in the suburbs, too. Heavy iron doors provide security in densely populated neighborhoods. But they also add a lot of beauty and character.

Upgrading a Wrought Iron Door

If you do not properly maintain your iron door, it can make your home look worn out or even a little scary. If you’re selling your home this spring and your iron door has seen better days, it’s a great time to replace it with a new door that will catch buyers’ eyes.

We craft our custom iron doors from USA-made steel for superior strength and durability. We’ll work with you to design a door that complements the design of your home and appears original to your property. Every design element of your door is hand-wrought by our experienced artisans. We can even incorporate glass into your design to add protection from the elements.

If you are putting your home on the market this spring and need to replace your wrought iron front door, now is a great time to get started on your project. Find inspiration in our gallery to get your creative juices flowing. Then, contact the Artistic Ornamental Iron team to get started.

6 reasons why you should consider upgrading your fence to an Iron fence

To quote Robert Frost, “Good fences make good neighbors.” Whether you agree with the famous poet or not, fences offer many benefits. They provide security, establish boundaries and add a nice aesthetic to your property. And while there are many types of fences such as chain link and wood, here are six reasons why you should consider upgrading your fence to an iron fence.

  1. Iron fences are strong

You can’t deny the strength of iron and you won’t find a sturdier fence than one made of iron. While they are not for people who crave privacy, iron fences are great for those who are looking for a fence to provide an added layer of security.

  1. Iron fences are durable

Along with being incredibly strong, iron fences also are amazingly durable, which is important in a climate such as that found in Minneapolis and St. Paul. You won’t have to worry about rotting or deterioration like you do with a wood fence.

One thing to keep in mind with an iron fence, however, is that they do need to be repainted from time to time because it’s the paint that protects the iron from rust. Still, a small price to pay for its durability.

  1. Iron fences are beautiful

Let’s face it; iron fences add beauty to whatever surrounding they are in and oftentimes leave a lasting impression. There is no doubt that an iron fence will add to the property value of your home.

  1. Iron fences can be custom made

Iron can be formed into many patterns and looks so when you work with an iron fence, you have total control over the look and feel. Custom-made iron fences are often the envy of the neighborhood!

  1. Iron fences are eco-friendly

Sure, wood fences are eco-friendly but did you know iron fences are, too? Not only do they last for decades, but also the material can be reused (antique and vintage stores love the iron fences and railings) as well as recycled for scrap metal.

  1. Iron fences go well with your landscaping

For homeowners who invest the time, energy and money into landscaping their yard, iron fence provide a beautiful backdrop.

If you currently have a wood or a chain link fence and want to explore upgrading your fence to iron, contact us today. We’d love to discuss the many types of iron fences we offer and the process to get started!






5 Ways to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home That Don’t Require Digging, Mulch, or Fertilizer

March weather has many Minnesotans dreaming of the warmth of the summer sun. If you’re like us, you love to make the most of summer. But sometimes, homeowners find their yards lack the spaces and design elements that make spending time outdoors enjoyable. Some homeowners see this as an opportunity for DIY landscaping. But for others, the idea of spending precious weekend time digging garden beds sounds worse than six more weeks of winter.

If you’d love to improve the curb appeal, function, and beauty of your property without spending hours gardening or mowing the lawn, we have a few ideas for you. You can be as hands-on or hands-off in the design as you’d like. Either way, you can leave the dirty work up to us.

Iron pool fencing and gates

If you love spending time in your backyard pool, but its chain link fence feels more prison yard than paradise, consider upgrading to iron fencing. An iron fence keeps your family safe while elevating the look of your backyard oasis. Choose from a variety of finishes and designs, from traditional black wrought iron with straight lines to bright, breezy white with ornamental flair (like the project below).

Iron fencing and gates

Installing an iron fence around the perimeter of your property keeps your little ones and pets in, intruders out, and adds beauty and definition to your yard. Simple garden gates invite visitors into your backyard, while a sturdy driveway gate can add security and drama to the entrance of your driveway.

Iron vegetable garden fencing and trellises

Tired of chicken wire and cheap plastic pickets? Iron fencing can beautify your existing vegetable garden beds. Sturdy iron trellises can add permanent function and beauty to the space, too. If you have a veggie green thumb and want to keep critters and pests out, iron garden fencing is for you.

Iron Fence

Iron deck and walkway railings

Decks and walkways require secure railings to keep everyone safe. Sturdy, durable iron is the perfect material for deck and walkway railings. Not only are iron railings safer, they’re much more attractive than wooden railings that rot over time.

Iron doors

Flimsy screen doors rip, squeak, and get stuck. Iron doors provide extra security and meld beautifully with the design of your home. Live in a midcentury modern rambler? Choose simple lines and feature your house number. What about a Tuscan villa? We can create a design that is as ornate as your home is.

Want to add instant curb appeal without picking up a spade or hauling a bag of mulch? Contact Artistic Ornamental Iron to get started on your iron fencing or door project today.

This Old Minneapolis House Iron Fence and Gate Maintenance

Iron Fence

There are some beautiful older homes in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Unfortunately, many of them are surrounded by deteriorating iron fences that take some of the shine out of the property. What can you do to keep your older home’s iron fence and gate in good shape, and how do you know when it’s time to replace it?

Inspect your iron fence and gate twice a year.

For older iron fences and gates, Artistic Ornamental Iron recommends you walk your fence at least twice a year. Add the inspection to your spring yard chores and your fall cleanup list. As you walk your fence line, look for signs of rust, loose and off-center posts, missing hardware, and squeaky gate hinges.

If you find rust or missing hardware, take steps to repair them. If the rust damage is extensive, you may want to call us for help. Same goes for loose and off-center posts. Sometimes, these are quick fixes, other times, you may need to make adjustments to the post holes.

Take a look at your iron fence and gate from the street.

Now that you’ve looked at your iron fence and gate up close, it’s time for a street view. This is the impression your fence gives to your neighbors and visitors. Is your fence clean, rust-free, and inviting? Or, is it looking a little shabby? Worse yet, does it make your house look unkempt and uninviting?

If your fence is in good condition or has a few noticeable rusty areas, we recommend regular maintenance and repairs. But if your iron fence and gate give your home a haunted house vibe, it may be time to replace it.

Consider replacing a deteriorating iron fence and iron gate.

If your iron fence and gate have moved into the haunted house category or if you’re hoping to freshen up the look of your fence, it may be time to consider replacing it. New iron fences have built-in rust protection so they look new for years. Artistic Ornamental Iron custom designs and handcrafts your iron fence and gate from materials made in the USA. We’ll work with you to create a beautiful design that complements your home and stays true to era.

Need to repair your iron fence or want a whole new look? Artistic Ornamental Iron can help. Contact us today to get started on your project.

Iron Fence Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Fence Looking Beautiful for Years to Come

Iron fences are beautiful, secure, and known for their durability. Iron is one of the strongest, longest-lasting materials available. But just like Superman, iron has its kryptonite: rust.

Here are some tips for keeping your iron fence rust-free, sturdy, and beautiful for decades to come. All it takes is a little time and some elbow grease.

  1. Inspect your fence twice a year.

Every spring and fall, walk your fence and carefully inspect it. Trim overgrown vegetation along the fence, including grasses, vines, and weeds. Note spots on your fence that could use a touchup with the paintbrush. Also note areas where rust is starting to appear. Look for the telltale rust-brown color or areas where the surface of your fence appears to bubble or flake.

  1. Keep it dry.

Iron fences in high-moisture areas are most susceptible to rust. Help your fence out by clearing out vines, weeds, and grass along the fence. Plants that provide groundcover keep the soil moist, increasing the chances for rust.

If a section of your iron fence runs along a low or boggy area of your yard or near sprinkler heads, be sure to give it some extra attention in the spring and after a period of heavy rainfall. Consider regrading or adding drainage if the area consistently experiences standing water.

  1. Rinse away debris.

After your inspection, wash your iron fence with a mild detergent and rinse with water. This will keep your iron fence looking beautiful. In high-moisture areas, apply a layer of wax to your fence to protect its finish. A metal-grade wax should do the trick.

  1. Give existing rust the brush-off.

If your inspection uncovered some rust spots, use a fine wire brush to gently scrub the rust away. Don’t use a coarse wire brush because it can hurt the iron. After scrubbing away the rust, rinse the area with a nonionic detergent and water. After the area is dry, use a rust converter to prevent rust from reappearing. Don’t forget to follow the safety instructions, as these acid-based products can be harmful if not used properly.

  1. Touch up with a little primer and paint.

Whether you’re touching up the surface of your fence or reapplying paint after brushing off rust, you’ll want to use oil-based primer and paint designed for use on metal. For our ornamental designs, we recommend a spray-on primer and paint to get into all the nooks and crannies.

  1. Inspect, grease, and tune-up fasteners and hinges.

Once you’ve taken care of your iron fence’s surfaces, it’s time to inspect its hardware. Tighten lose fasteners and replace those that have been lost since your last inspection. If your gate is squeaky, apply grease or other lubricant to silence it and keep it in good working order.

Your iron fence should last for decades if you properly maintain it. For more maintenance tips or for help designing your iron fence, contact Artistic Ornamental Iron today.

Iron Door Designs for Any Style, from Mid-Century Modern to Tuscan Villa

A custom iron door is a beautiful way to add security and style to your home. We’ve designed and installed all kinds of iron doors, from front entries to wine cellars. Each one is custom-designed to complement your style and the style of your home, from mid-century bungalows to sprawling Tuscan villas.

Whether you love the simplicity of a straight line or can’t get enough scrolls and twists, each of our iron doors is forged from high-quality, American-made 14-gauge steel. If your door includes a glass component, we add hinges so it’s easy to keep the glass clean and fingerprint-free. And every door is built to last as long as your home does.

Iron Doors for Mid-Century Modern Homes

If you live in a mid-century modern home or love the aesthetic of mid-century design, we can design an iron door with minimal ornamentation and sleek lines. We can add a geometric design for interest if you’d like, too.

Iron Doors for Traditional and Shabby-Chic Homes

If your style leans more toward traditional or even shabby chic, we’ll design an iron door with softer lines and some twists and scrolls. If you live in a historic home, we’ll match the design of your door to the design and decade of your home so the door looks beautiful and authentic.

Iron Doors for Mediterranean, Rustic, and Southwestern Homes

Mediterranean, rustic, and southwestern styles are where we have the most fun as iron artisans. These styles are highly ornamental and loaded with twists, scrolls, and visual interest. We can even incorporate your house numbers into the door design for a highly custom look.

Whatever your style and the style of your home, Artistic Ornamental Iron can create a custom iron door that looks great and will last for decades. For more design inspiration or to get started on your custom door design, contact Artistic Ornamental Iron today.

How an Iron Gate Can Keep Your Property Secure

Private Iron Gate Minneapolis

Ornamental iron gates are beautiful additions to any property. But they also provide security and peace-of-mind. If you’re concerned about safety for your family at home or your employees at work, consider installing an iron gate.

An iron gate provides a secure, physical barrier.

Most property owners install their gates where their driveway meets the street, making it easy to monitor who enters and leaves your property. When coupled with a perimeter fence or other structure, a gate can be very secure barrier between your property and the public road or street. It can go a long to deterring people who would otherwise trespass.

Iron gates help you monitor who enters and leaves your property. 

You might think that installing an iron gate may be burdensome for you, your family, or your employees—don’t you need to get out of your car to open the gate every time you want to leave or enter your property?

We’re happy to say that’s no longer the case. Gate technologies enable property owners to open their gates remotely from the comfort of their homes, offices, or drivers’ seats. You can also choose to install a keypad for employees or occasional visitors to use.

An iron gate is an affordable way to increase security.

We think our custom-designed gates look like a million bucks. But they certainly do not cost that much. We’ll work closely with you to design a gate that is both highly secure and complements the exterior of your home or business. Artistic Ornamental Iron can also recommend automated gate technologies to make leaving and entering your property effortless for you, your family, and your employees.

Once installed, gates require minimal maintenance to remain in excellent working order. Yours will remain functional and beautiful for years to come, making it one of the most affordable investments in the security of your property over the long term.

Installing an iron gate is an effective and attractive way to add security to your property. Take a look at our gallery for a glimpse at the possibilities for the design of your iron gate. Then, contact Artistic Ornamental Iron for expert help designing and installing your gate.

Iron Railings Add Special Flair to Your Home

Iron railings add timeless style to any home, from Tuscany-inspired villas with highly decorative details to sleek, mid-century modern designs. Here are a few of our favorite recent projects to inspire you as you consider your next iron railing design.

Indoor Iron Railing Ideas

Indoor iron railings complement any style home. Artistic Ornamental Iron works with you to design a railing that fits the look and design of your home’s interior. Iron is an excellent material for guardrails, handrails, and stair rails, and can be combined with other materials for a custom look that keeps your family safe. Artistic Ornamental Iron has incorporated wood, wire, and glass into our iron railing designs. You can also choose from a variety of custom finishes, from classic matte black to copper patina to polished steel.

Some of Our Favorite Guardrails for Lofts 

Design Inspiration for Indoor Handrails and Stair Rails

Exterior Iron Railing Ideas

Iron is a classic material for exterior railings, too. To help your home stand out in the neighborhood, consider using iron for deck and balcony railings We can even incorporate custom hanging plant holders and bird feeder hooks. Or, add a custom twist to the traditional stair rails or handrails on your front landing.

Deck and Balcony Iron Railings

Exterior Stair Rails and Landing Handrails

Inspired to get started on your own project? The artisans at Artistic Ornamental Iron are here to help. Contact us today for your consultation.

How Much Do Iron Railings Cost?

As each of our railings are custom fabricated, the cost for our railing varies for each site.  The cost to have iron railings installed at your home is more probably affordable than you think. Artistic Ornamental Iron offers quality iron railings at an affordable price. We have three generations of experience in iron railing fabrication and installation. Our decades of experience allow us to provide you with cost efficient iron railings that are beautiful and meet all code specifications. Call Artistic Ornamental Iron today for a free iron railings estimate.

Artistic Ornamental Iron is your custom iron works for anything that can be hand crafted from steel in the Minneapolis/St Paul and surrounding areas

Artistic Ornamental Iron is your custom iron works for anything that can be hand crafted from steel.  With over 20 years of experience, we have turned our wrought iron dream into a reality for the third generation running.  We are family owned and operated, and dedicated to our customers.  As a family team, Keith and Chelsey Rains are focused on providing quality wrought iron products that are all handmade and completely personal to each customer.  We provide several products from wrought iron gates and fence, to railings, spiral staircases, and much more, creating exterior, as well as interior products.  We can design your project for you, or build them from your own ideas.

With Artistic Ornamental Iron, your imagination is the only limitation!

To learn more about what we can do for you – Visit us online at or give us a call at 763-370-2279