Upgrading a chain link fence

chain link fence makeover

A year ago, I wrote about affordable chain link fence makeover options. You can read this post here. I finally found the time and motivation to work on my chain link fence. Let me show you what I’ve done so far.


BEFORE:chain link fence makeover

The previous home owners built a “dog park” on their property. Although we have two dogs, they don’t enjoy spending more than five minutes inside the park. My goal is to turn the area into a garden. It’s the perfect location – it gets plenty of sunshine, and the chain link fence offers protection from deer and other animals. I’m envisioning a lovely garden, full of flowers and vegetables. Someday. In the meantime, the chain link fence isn’t pretty to look at, and since I had a pile of leftover fence boards, I decided to use it on the metal fence.

Last year, I came across this video and thought this would be an easy and affordable makeover for my fence.

chain link makeover



It’s really simple. I used 1 1/2 inch pipe straps,  3/4 inch screws, and fence boards (around $1.50 per board).



I made lots of cuts, so the BladeRunner was perfect for this project. Because it’s lightweight and sets ups in seconds, I was able to carry the saw all the way to the fence and make the cuts there.


chain link makeover


For now I’m leaving the back of the fence area alone. It’s pretty much covered by trees and ivy. All I have left to do is the left side of the fence and the gate. I’m glad I was able to reuse the old fence boards.

chain link fence makeover

Do you see the yellow dog house? This, too, was left behind by the previous homeowner. Last month, I was able to give the dog house a makeover. You can read about it here.dog house makeover I donated it to our local animal shelter and just found out that this dog house is going to be used for a deaf dog. The house will be picked up this week. I’m beyond thrilled!

Have a great week! xoSabine


10 thoughts on “Upgrading a chain link fence

  1. I do like how creatively you’ve fixed your chain link fence’s aesthetics with some simple fence boards. That is something I will be sure to try out if possible once we have a chain link fence installed. I was planning to have our very own mini dog park for our pets as they love going outside. Having the beautiful chain link fence should help secure them too. I’ll try locating some good fence contractors to aid me in this project. Thanks!

  2. Great idea. I have one length of a chain fence and this would make it look much better. Thanks for sharing.

  3. It looks beautiful, but don’t get you hopes up that it will keep deer out. They jump right over 6-foot fences. Fabulous cosmetic upgrade though!

      1. You’ve likely never seen deer in there because there is nothing in there that they want. It is great-looking transformation of the fence.

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