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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.
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.


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.


Break up a large section of fence or hide an eye sore with something fun life this old door screen.


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.


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.


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! is the place to dream and discover your ideal home! Are you starting to get the itch to look for your first or next home, but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! Browse our real estate and lifestyle blog for home buying tips, mortgage guides, DIY ideas, interior design, lifestyle topics, general home inspiration, or just some homes fun. We are sure you can scratch that itch and find all the information and tools you need to help in your home search. Want to start looking at available real estate right now? Head to our home page and check out homes for sale or rent listings all over the country.

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