Before & After: Fence Facelift

My sister moved into a great little fixer-upper a couple of years ago and this past spring our Mum joined forces with her for a three-week landscaping caper. One of the most striking changes was this fantastic fence project.

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Even though the old fence had seen better days, the next door neighbors weren't ready to replace the structure outright. Rather than just sprucing up her side with some paint, Big Sis designed a modern facing to glam up the area beside her deck and patio. This two-person DIY project was done in a day, with dazzling results!

Here’s what they did:

1x6's were affixed vertically to the existing fence posts at 6-foot intervals and shimmed accordingly to create a level surface to work from. From there they added horizontal strips of wood (1x2's and 1x4's) secured with a pneumatic nail gun, which made the job incredibly quick. For a project like this it is well worth the rental, especially if you are on a tight timeline. Once the strips were all in place they finished off the seams with vertical 1x4's, and added sweet little tea-light sconces.

Because this spot is a real suntrap the grass along the fence was dug out and replaced with a herb garden and climbing perennials. Modern planters (made from recycled plastics) house even more perennials, which, come late fall, will be transplanted throughout the rest of garden.

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(Images: MaryAnne Petrella)