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Upgrading a chain link fence

  • May 29, 2017
  • By Sabine
Upgrading a chain link fence

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.


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.

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.

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.

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. 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

By Sabine, May 29, 2017
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  • Chain Link Fences
    August 22, 2017

    Ahhh….. What a great information about chain link fence. Really useful and worth reading. Thanks!

  • Jeremy Thompson
    January 31, 2018

    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!

  • Sharon Hildebrandt
    May 31, 2018

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

  • Erica
    September 2, 2018

    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!

    • sabines
      September 3, 2018

      Didn’t know they can jump that high. I’ve never seen one inside the fenced in area. Fingers crossed haha.

  • Cynthia
    May 30, 2019

    Could you do both inside and outside…mine is on street and would like both sides to be prettier

  • Julie
    June 20, 2019

    Love that this design creates a safe flat topped fence design. Now pets, wildlife and children will no longer be able to get caught in the top of the chain link. Please visit http://www.kadeskrusaders.org to learn more about the dangers fences can pose and why flat topped fencing is so important!

  • Michele
    June 27, 2019

    It looks great, my dogs keep digging under ky chainlink, it is very loose along the bottom. I am thinking this would definetly help. I am wondering though, wyat did you do to the gates?

    • Sabine
      July 3, 2019

      I attached four boards (top, sides and bottom) just on the outside of the gate.

  • Cindie Groth
    July 29, 2019

    So with these boards in place, can you attach a stockade panel to them without digging and burying 4×4 posts?

  • A Dawson
    October 13, 2019

    Brilliant! I have a 6′ chain link fence that the builder put behind our properties of new homes. Since then, I have build an 8′ wood privacy about 6′ in front of the chain link because property backs up to apartments. The space between the two fences has allowed those apt. tenants to dump what ever over the chain link – This idea would allow me to increase the height of the chain link as well as adding fence panels. Thanks!

  • Sarah
    May 11, 2021

    Wow this looks awesome, great job!! How has your chain link fence held up over the years? I’m having a contractor install a new fence in my yard in a few weeks, but I’m still debating between getting a wood fence or a chain link fence.
    Curious to hear your thoughts!

    • TM in Michigan
      February 1, 2022

      I’m curious about putting two fences next to each other. How do you weed and dig out weed trees in that area between fences? I garden for other people and have never seen a good solution. I plan to remove the chain link fence when I install my 6′ privacy fence.

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