Fun Fence Improvements

Sure, good fences make good neighbours, but they also make boring backdrops. Add pizzazz to privacy fencing with four fab facelifts.

Multicolour picket fence being painted

Privacy never looked so pretty. This update is super easy: Just sand down your fence boards and paint them in a variety of colours. Switch up the colours at random — a few green boards here, a couple yellow and orange ones there — for maximum visual interest. If you prefer to stick with a single colour, here are three more ways to dress up a fence.

Gutter Garden

Give gutters a more glamorous job with this tiered planting-bed project. Attach four rows of gutters to a wood frame and mount the frame on your fence — then fill the gutters with potting mix and plants. Slope gutters slightly so they drain at one end.

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Planter made from gutters hung on a white fence

Metal-Framed Plant Holder

Want to indulge your inner artist? Get your Picasso on using a fence as a canvas. Give it a fresh coat of paint, then create picture frames with painted pieces of wrought-iron garden edging — perfect for spotlighting potted plants.

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Frames assembled from painted metal garden edging

PVC-Ring Fence Trellis

This trellis is a pipe dream come true. Featuring creatively arranged PVC pieces on a cedar backdrop, it boasts a modern-art look that’s so cool, it doesn’t even need a climbing vine.

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Trellis made from PVC rings on cedar panels



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