Easy & Amazing DIY Modern Plant Wall

10 Materials
4 Days

So what do you do when your budget is limited, your backyard is small and boring, and you long for that cool “Dwell” high end vibe? You do this. Best. Project. Ever. This DIY modern plant wall just may be our proudest DIY moment yet! And it was easy. Be sure to click through for the entire tutorial at the end!
So lets start out with what we used to make this plant wall happen…
  • 1×4 hemlock lumber (We used hemlock because we loved the modern feel, but you could use cedar or another wood for your area)
  • 4 X 5/4 cedar (For upright posts) (you could use 2×4’s) (There has been some confusion about this measurement... It it 4 inch wide, 5/4 (1 1/4 Inch) deep lumber.)
  • Black drywall screws (The folks at Home Depot recommended some coated ones they say won’t rust!)
  • Landscape construction adhesive (We used Liquid Nails heavy duty)
  • Ikea storage containers (from kitchen storage), different sizes – Smallest ones are called “SUNNERSTA” and are only .79! Medium and large size are a mystery as to the name, but there is a photo of the label below with the number so you can find it. They ranged from 4-7 bucks, and all of these containers had built in “hooks” for hanging on a kitchen bar system. There are likely a range of these kinds of containers that would work.
  • “Plasti Dip” rubberized spray paint from dipyourcar.com believe it or not!
  • Wood penetrating oil and stain (We used PPG Timeless in Cedar, make sure you use one for exterior use!)
  • Power saw
  • Drill
  • Sander
  • Clamps
  • Sawhorses
Paint brushes for stain
One of the first things we discovered is that some wood takes stain well, and some doesn’t. Our test piece came out blotchy and uneven, so we went out searching for a solution. We got advice on wood conditioners, denatured alcohol, and other such solutions that seemed way more complicated than we wanted to deal with. Then we had someone explain that when some wood is cut, it creates a “burn” of sorts, creating a barrier to the stain. And all we had to do was sand. All? We had 44 pieces for our fence! So we bought a Ryobi palm sander, some hook and loop sanding paper (which is way cool compared to the old style, BTW) and got to sanding. Lucky, for us, a light go over on all sides did the trick!
Now we were ready to secure our upright 5/4×4 posts to the block wall. We generously applied Liquid Nails to the back of the post board, then set into place and clamped tightly. Use a level to make sure they are straight.
Ok, so after letting the posts cure for a couple of days, we got back to it. We started installing the boards 1 inch apart using a spacer we made from scrap.
Hope you love this project as much as we do! The cost for this project could vary widely, based on your lumber and supply selections. Cedar would cost less than the hemlock we used. Do your homework! Make sure you head over to The Garden Glove to see the entire tutorial with more detail and tips!
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Kathy&Steve @ TBD•TGG•DYSS

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  • Go2gym
    on Jun 24, 2018

    I absolutely love this modern fence look. We are moving to a house with an ugly metal fence around the entire backyard and it doesn’t give us enough privacy between neighbors. Would this project work on a metal fence somehow? I’m

    not handy at all but hopefully can do something similar.

    Thank you!

    • Go2gym
      on Jun 25, 2018

      Thank you so much for answering my questions. It’s a project I feel more confident taking on now. The pictures of your decorated fence look amazing. Thanks for sharing. 😀

  • J. Drone
    on Jun 1, 2019

    Hi ~ Just a question. Are you posts really 4x4? They look more like 2x6 ??

  • Demitri
    on Jun 26, 2019

    “Plasti Dip” rubberized spray paint;

    What was it for?

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