DIY Planter Privacy Screen

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Privacy (even if you love your neighbors) helps make a space feel more relaxing and like a vacation getaway. We recently updated our entire screened porch, and our DIY privacy wall with plants is the best feature. The beautiful wood adds warmth while the plants and design give it all the vacation vibes. Let me just say that I’ll be taking a mini-vacation every day after work until the winter rolls around! Now let's talk about how you can make a beautiful privacy wall this weekend.

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The screened porch before the privacy planter wall.

  1. Measure your space. Determine where you would like to place your privacy wall and measure for the exact dimensions you need.
  2. Select your boards at your local home improvement store. If possible, bring your 4x4s home and let them dry out for 1-3 months. If you don’t want to wait that long, wait until they are at least dry to touch (a few days – a week). We waited about 2 weeks before starting our project.

3. Cut your boards. When cutting your 4x4s, be sure to wear a mask. There are chemicals in the treated boards that you don’t want to breathe in when you create sawdust.

4. If you are securing your privacy wall to fit a particular space like we did, bring your 4x4s outside and make sure that your 4×4 frame will fit.

5. Drill a pocket hole on either end of your 1x2s. Drill two pocket holes on either end of each 1×4 and 1×6. Before drilling, pick out the pretty side of each board and then drill the pocket holes on the non-pretty side.

6. Prep the wood for sanding.

7. Sand your boards.

8. Stain your boards.

9. Once your boards are dry, bring them outside. Pick your favorite side of each 4×4 and place them face down.

10. Pre-drill four holes on the top of the top 4×4 (2 on each end). Using a 3/4″ wood paddle bit, pre-drill enough to countersink (or hide) the head of the hex lag screws. You will want to position the holes where the screws will go into the 4×4 legs.

11. Use a ratchet to insert the hex lag screws. Position the 4x4s that will act as the legs. Put a washer on the end of your hex lag screws before inserting, then have someone apply pressure to the opposite end of the 4x4s to make sure that they don’t separate as you insert the screw.

12. Place some spare boards down as a spacing guide. We used 3 boards (all 1x4s, but it really doesn’t matter as long as they are the same width), one in the middle, and one close to either side. These boards ensure that the 1x2s, 1x4s, and 1x6s that you are attaching to the 4x4s are set back the same distance from the corner of the 4x4s. We placed towels on the floor underneath the wood to protect the wood from getting damaged by our concrete floor.

11. Once you have the frame assembled, place the 1x2s, 1x4s, and 1x6s between the frame in the order that they will go.

12. To get consistent spacing between boards, use a spare board as a spacing guide. We used the edge of a spare 1×3, which means our gaps were all .75″ apart.

13. Work your way down the structure, screwing in your pocket holes one by one.

14. If you’re going to fill in your pocket holes, now would be a good time to do so. Overfill the holes with the wood putty since it will shrink. Once it’s dry, sand and stain.

15. Once you’ve screwed in all of the 1x2s, 1x4s, and 1x6s, determine where you want the planters to hang.

16. Lift up your structure, but leave enough room where someone can get on the other side of it.

17. Screw the plant holders into the holes you just drilled. Then have someone go to the other side of the structure and place a nut on the back of each screw. Screw it in until the washer is tight. The structure should be pretty stable at this point, but make sure someone is always holding it until it is secured!

18. If you are installing your privacy wall into the ground and not securing it to an existing wall/structure, you’ll need to dig holes and pour concrete around the 4×4 posts.

19. If you are securing your privacy wall to an existing wall, you can put it into position now. Pre-drill using a 3/4″ wood paddle bit (just enough to countersink the hex lag screw) and secure in multiple places.

20. Once your structure is secure, you can fill the screw holes with wood putty, sand, and do some touch-up stain. Once you finish the touch-up stain, it’s time to add plants!

We painted terracotta pots to add more character and contrast to the wall.

Adding final touches to your privacy wall, like curtains, can make it feel even more like a resort!

The screened porch after the new privacy wall!

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  • Karren
    on Mar 27, 2020

    Looks beautiful

  • Elaine
    on Jul 27, 2020

    I would use a wood pallet because by the time I read your instructions, I was seeing circles. 😂A pallet can save you a lot of money and if it gets wrecked, you can scrounge up another one. This is a great idea though. 🥰

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