Creative Ways To Freshen, Revive & Learn To Love Old Chain Link Fencing

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Chain link fencing has been trusted for years as a great way to keep kids and pets confined, protect property and fence off unsafe areas, such as swimming pools. However, even though it still may be functional,  chain link that has been in use for decades can look tired, weather-beaten and just plain boring. If you have chain link fencing at your home and would like to give it a makeover, the following creative ideas can help. 

Make Chain Link into a Privacy Fence

The lack of privacy is a frequently mentioned concern for families whose properties are fenced with chain link. If you are concerned with making a small area of the fence more private, adding some fast growing bushes or plants in front of the fence can be a great option. However, if you would like to make the entire yard feel more private, consider one of the following ideas. 

Cut lengths of dried bamboo to the height of the fence or taller. To make inserting the bamboo easier and create more visual interest, use a mix of diameter sizes. Weave the bamboo pieces into the chain link in a vertical fashion and then trim the portion that sticks up above the fence to the desired height or design.

To make this project more environmentally friendly and more affordable, consider growing, harvesting and drying your own bamboo for the project. Bamboo grows very quickly and when planted parallel to the fence, it can also provide privacy while it grows. 

Another way to add extra privacy to a chain link fence is to purchase colored privacy slats from your local chain link fencing contractor. These come in a wide variety of styles and colors, making it easy to create a solid color privacy fence by using only one color or a livelier, multi-colored pattern by mixing two or more colors together to create an attractive pattern. 

Color Your World

While most modern chain link fencing offers a durable coating that keeps it looking new and fresh for years, older versions may look dingy or have stains from rust, tree sap or vegetation. If this is the problem you are dealing with, examine the fence closely before proceeding.

If the wire, rails, or posts are pitted or damaged, you may wish to upgrade to new chain link fencing. If, however, the issue is only surface discoloration, you can choose to paint the entire fence. Choose a color that will complement your home and property. Shiny black, dark green or even navy blue or brown fencing can add visual interest and perk up your entire yard. 

To make the paint last longer and cover better, choose a good, exterior quality, rust-resistant enamel paint. Clean the fence thoroughly with a pressure washer to remove dust and dirt and let dry thoroughly before painting. If you live in an area that experiences harsh weather conditions, consider using two coats of paint for a more durable finish. 

Create a Focal Point

Sometimes, all a boring chain link fence needs is a focal point to liven it up. This is often true where long stretches of chain link fencing have no plants or landscaping features to break up the monotony. To alleviate this problem and create a fresh new look, consider adding one or more trellises in the area.

To do this, simply frame a 4 foot by 8 foot sheet of lattice by attaching a board to both sides of each edge with wood screws. Stain or paint the lattice panel and the frame as you wish. Then install the framed panel in front of the fence using two wooden fence posts that have also been stained to match, one on each edge. It works best to install the lattice so that the wider 8 foot portion is at the top and bottom. 

Once the lattice panel is securely in place, plant some fast growing vines along the bottom and encourage them to cover the lattice entirely by weaving the ends of the vines through the lattice as they grow. Place a pretty garden bench or bird bath in front of the lattice, then relax and enjoy the view.

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