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Affordable & Easy Chain Link Fence Makeover Option

  • March 22, 2016
  • By Sabine
Affordable & Easy Chain Link Fence Makeover Option

We have a chain link fence dog park in our back yard built by previous owner. Although we are dog owners, our dogs are small, inside dogs and have no interest in this enclosure. We have tried, but after five minutes of being in the dog park, they stood by the gate and cried.

What to do with it? Getting rid of the chain link fence seems like a lot of hard work for just one person. Besides, fences are expensive to install.

Instead, I decided to make this area a garden where I’ll grow fruits and vegetables. Since our yard gets pretty much daily visits from deer (this is where they come from),  this fence comes in really handy.

This tiny garden bed is just the beginning. They’ll be many more. Or I may even rent a tiller to loosen the soil in this area.

Chain link fences are not my favorite so I have searched for affordable makeovers. After perusing Pinterest and Youtube, I am pretty sure about the direction I’m heading with my chain link fence.

Via Midwestfence

I really like this idea. Just a few wood boards make all the difference.

I happen to have a big pile of old fence wood in my back yard. These boards would be perfect for covering up the metal poles. Great way to reuse old wood and save money.

chain link fence

Another thing that can be done is to change the color of the fence. Perhaps black?

This video shows an affordable and easy chain link fence makeover. The guy did it for under $50. I love the end result.

So this is my plan for this fence. I’d love to know what you think.

By Sabine, March 22, 2016
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  • Paul
    March 22, 2016

    I think the fence renovation is a great idea. Make sure to use gloves when handling the old wood you’ve got. It may be pressure treated lumber and Lowe’s recommends using gloves because of chemicals that can leach out. I’m jealous of your garden space. That’s a perfect way to use it! -Paul

  • sabines
    March 22, 2016

    Good advice about using gloves. In fact, the lumber is pressure treated.
    Sometimes my yard is almost too much for me. I have to mow it twice a week. I could be worse, I guess. I see this chore as a form of exercise. No need to join a gym. Haha! Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!

  • Luke Smith
    November 22, 2016

    I love the picture you posted of the chain link fence with some boards added for aesthetics! I would never have thought of doing anything with a chain link fence besides just, well chain and metal. I would imagine that today there are probably several contractors who have some ideas like the wood you posted here.

    • sabines
      November 22, 2016

      Thank you, Luke. I figured there has to be a way to make a chain link fence look nicer. This method seems easy and affordable. Thank you for reading. I appreciate it!

  • John Ferrell
    February 14, 2017

    I like that you gave a way to reuse old fence wood. When I was taking out my fence, I realized that I hate wasting things, so now I know what I can do with it. Creativity might be a good way to find something new to do with your fence.

    • sabines
      February 15, 2017

      John, thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog. I’m totally with you on that one… I too hate wasting things. And there’s so much you can make with old fence wood. Don’t underestimate your creativity!

  • Ivy Baker
    February 21, 2017

    This is some really good information about chain link fences. I like that you pointed out that you should try painting the fence. It might also be a good idea to repair or replace the fence.

  • Devon Pittman
    April 1, 2017

    Ya, when it comes to versatility, chain link fence is the best option among all other types of fences. Undoubtedly I can say that it is one of the most affordable fencing option in the market. It is easy to install. Though it does not provide security like solid slab of steel, but one most essential feature of this fence system is that one is able to see through it. It is just because in most of the situations, being able to see what is happening on the other sides equally important as keeping the things out. Here, I want to mention some of the makeover options for chain link fence in the following.
    1)Cover the chain link fence with green materials which can be easily done with climbing vines.
    2)Add some wood facade to the areas of the chain link fence that needs sprucing up.
    3)Lastly I can say that cover the fence with windscreens is another option of makeover a chain link fence. Etc..

    • sabines
      April 2, 2017

      Devon, thank you for the suggestions. They all seem like great makeover options. I will for sure add some wood facade since I have leftover fence wood. I also like your climbing vine idea. Never even occurred to me. Great idea. Thank you for reading here. Have a great Sunday.

  • kylewayne182
    March 8, 2018

    I really like that you talked about remember ing that you can always change up your fence to fit your style. One of my sisters is looking to get a chain link fence in her way since they want to buy a dog. I think I will also talk to her about working with a professional who can give her good ideas for future change on her fence.

  • Hazel Owens
    May 24, 2018

    I really like what you did with your chain link fence by adding wood boards where the metal poles used to be since it gives your yard a more friendly and rustic feel. My chain link fence has a hole in it due to a tree falling during a storm which is troubling since I also have a small Yorkie. I’ll have to see if I can find a company to repair it and maybe even add the wooden board like you did.

  • Kathy
    June 2, 2018

    What can you do if you want to make both sides look good?

    • sabines
      June 3, 2018

      You could probably do the same thing on the inside. So far, I’ve only done the outside.

  • Diane Willoughby
    November 18, 2018

    I really like the wood frame around the fence! Changes the whole look and is definitely more aesthetically pleasing. I couldn’t see the video on painting the fence. Would love to see ideas on paint colors. Thank you

    • sabines
      November 18, 2018

      Diane, I don’t have a video about painting the fence. I didn’t paint mine but if I were to, I would have picked black. I think it gives it a more expensive look.

  • Mike
    September 25, 2020

    Great Article! The tips you have mentioned in this article for chain link fence are impressive, helpful to those who are looking for it. Thanks for sharing!

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