How to Build a New Fence With Old Reclaimed Wood!

6 Materials
8 Hours

There was an area in my backyard I deemed the boneyard where you throw the stuff you don't want anyone to see. Have one too?

Well, enough was enough. At one point blackberries took over, so I decided it was getting gutted. So I cleaned up my side. And that's when Hank my neighbour got involved.

He tore down the old falling down fence between us, then installed new posts. Yay!

But here's the kicker... he was about to plank up my side with new wood too when I asked him if I could plank my own side using the original fence wood instead.

Old wood on a new fence?! You bet! But I took it several steps further as well... grabbing a couple of stencils and my rusty junk garden tool collection, this is what I did...

Welcome to the boneyard!

As you can see by the VERY full wheelbarrow, I had already started cleaning up this area of the backyard that was overflowing with blackberries and a fence about to collapse.

Next, Hank my neighbour tore down the old fence and installed new fence posts. But instead of using new wood, I used the original reclaimed fence planks instead!

How to install:

Working on every other section, each board was attached to two posts with a staggered effect.

The empty sections were then filled in with the same method, attaching the sides of each board to the existing boards.

So easy! And no cutting nor trimming required!

You can see more of the build by clicking the blog post link at the bottom of this post.

Once the fence was totally finished, Hank added a cap along the top of the fence to finish things off.

Isn't it the coolest fence ever?! But I wasn't done quite yet!

My collection of rusty old garden tools was gathered up, then hung onto the fence.

I loved it! But the wood looked a little plain...

Random crate markings were stenciled on the fence in black using this stencil.

View Shipping Crate Stamps stencil HERE

The stamps are subtle, but just enough! They offer unique interest as you walk by and marry the rustic wood perfectly!

It was starting to come to life! But one more thing would seal the deal...

Farm Supply was stenciled in the middle of the fence in black to offer the entire project a story of sorts. What a great theme for all those tools!

View the Farm Supply stencil HERE

And here is the finished result! What a fun focal point!

While the fence is gorgeous on its own, I absolutely love the fact that my rusty garden tool collection also has an official home where I can fully appreciate them!

Can you imagine all the fun you could have with a fence like this? I think I may change it up every summer!

How would you decorate this fence?

See how the fully finished fence looks in my yard HERE along with the entire series!

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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Roxanne Howell
    on Mar 27, 2020

    this is a great idea! But I have a serious dilemma.. the fence on the backside of my property (I rent btw) belongs to the people on the other side and it's falling apart with alot of open gaps. I can't get them to fix it. Is there anything I can do to hide this eyesore?

    • Vena Hall
      on Apr 4, 2020

      Build a fence on your side like the one above, using the back side of their posts. If it isn't exactly on the property line, put in your own posts.

  • Debbie
    on Mar 27, 2020

    Neat did a great job!

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    on Mar 27, 2020

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      on Mar 31, 2020

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  • Wanda
    on Apr 3, 2020

    That's a very cool fence. I would sure love to do something like that. Maybe when mine falls apart I can.

  • Lifestyles Homes
    on Apr 29, 2020

    Fun project. If it is over 6’ tall, your local City or County can write you a citation, if their ordinances match the vast majority of the other cities.

    I’ve only seen one City, in 30 years of architectural services that allowed a fence over 6’ high.

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