Freshen Up Your Privacy Fence

by Stacy RisenmayMarch 20, 2017

If you have a yard, chances are you have a privacy fence. While they are functional and in most cases, quite necessary, they can be… boring! And if they have fallen into disrepair, they may even be ugly. Replacing a fence can be costly. So whether you have a new and boring fence or you have an older fence that has seen better days, here are some fast and inexpensive ways to beautify your privacy fence.

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Whether you paint or stain the whole fence the same color or you paint every slat a different color, changing the hue of your fence can make a big difference.

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A more modern take is this fence where only certain slats were painted. It certainly wouldn’t take very long and it makes a big impact.

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If you have the talent and the patience you could always paint a mural on your wall or fence as well. Get creative and paint something that inspires you.
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Add some flowers to your fence! Whether you use flower pots or planter boxes, flowers add a pop of color, dimension, and can be changed as often as you like.

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I have a very deep yard so my privacy fence in ridiculously long. I built these planter boxes a couple of years ago using 1×8 boards. I then screwed them directly into the wood fence.

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Here is another planter box I built for another fence in my yard. This time I used bracket to secure the planter box to the fence. Same idea, but a totally different look.
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Why not take advantage of all that vertical space and use it for storage. This is especially helpful if you have a small yard and space is at a premium. I took some crates and attached them to a wall in our backyard. I actually have them through my yard and they hold things like potting supplies, hand sanitizer, and water bottles. If you have a pool they would be great for towels and pool supplies. It is an inexpensive alternative to having a shed. Another idea would be to add shelves to your fence. A simple 1×8 board attached to the fence could hold all sorts of decorative items.
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Plants that grow high are a great way to cover your fence. Sunflowers are my favorite one for this purpose. They grow very tall, there are a ton of colors and varieties to choose from, the seeds are inexpensive and easily found, and in the fall they become bird feeders. Any type of plant would be a nice addition to a fence line.
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Think outside the box and come up with something unique. I love this idea of drilling holes in the fence and adding marbles. It doesn’t get more inexpensive than this and for such a whimsical effect. If you have kids, this is something they could help with as well.

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Break up a large section of fence or hide an eye sore with something fun life this old door screen.
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I like to think of my outdoor spaces as outdoor rooms. So I treat the walls and fences accordingly. I add things I would add in my home. I added a mirror, and some art. Make sure they are treated with something to protect them from the elements and if you live in a climate with snow, you may want to bring certain things indoors during the winter months if they are not in a covered area.

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I love the idea of using an old window on your fence as well. I have even seen old window glass panes being replaced with mirrors so they reflect the yard and look even more like an actual window. You could add a window box full of flowers or even shutters.

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If you have a stretch of fence that is in need of some freshening up, I hope these ideas have helped inspire you. Spring is the perfect time to tackle this outdoor project. And remember, have fun!


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