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DIY Outdoor Privacy Screen

Our neighborhood is situated on a hill, so we get the pleasantness of having a huge house peering into our backyard. Even if a fence were up, the house is high enough that our neighbors would see right into our backyard. So, after years off feeling a lack of privacy when hanging out on our porch, I finally came up with an idea! A cute little privacy screen that resembles the look of a pergola.
Time: 1 Days Cost: $100 Difficulty: Easy
I didn't want to make this permanent since we'll hopefully be building a pergola in the next year or two. So, for now, I just dug a hole by my patio about 13" deep (calling the gas/power company to make sure there were no lines) and placed the 4x4 in it. I used a level to make sure it was straight. Adding rocks/shims to get it level.
For the curtain rod, I found that using a rod that secured directly into the wood was the best option for high wind situations.
For the curtains themselves, I used drop clothes.
When the curtains are closed, and it's windy, I needed a way for them to stay put. So, I placed grommets on the corners and secured them to the ground with a little "U" pin.
I wish I had done this years ago! The look is perfect for the space, and the privacy is just wonderful.
This is was it looks like closed. I'll probably add some cute pattern to it eventually, but for now it does the job! Another plus? I now have something to hang lights from! To see the full tutorial, visit my blog! http://www.thriftyandchic.com/2015/08/diy-privacy-screen-for-100.html

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  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Aug 18, 2015

    this is beautiful! such a lovely space to relax with a glass of wine :)

  • Cindy Carley
    Cindy Carley Wamego, KS
    on Aug 19, 2015

    WOW.....great idea...love the privacy and looks fantastic!!!

  • Connie Van Pelt
    Connie Van Pelt Gibbstown, NJ
    on Aug 19, 2015

    absolutely love this!!!

  • Cathy V
    Cathy V Warwick, RI
    on Aug 19, 2015

    That is beautiful.Great idea

  • Kathy Davis Thompson
    Kathy Davis Thompson Mountainburg, AR
    on Aug 19, 2015

    Looks great! What a great idea!!

  • Janet
    Janet Aberdeen, WA
    on Aug 19, 2015

    You created a beautiful space!

  • Brenda Clark
    Brenda Clark Houston, TX
    on Aug 19, 2015

    Very nice!

  • Diane Lynch-Berland
    Diane Lynch-Berland Orlando, FL
    on Aug 19, 2015

    It's beautiful. I just have to ask about rain..??

  • Trisha Knopp Scott
    Trisha Knopp Scott Louisa, KY
    on Aug 19, 2015

    L-O-V-E this!!!!! Beautiful!!!!

  • Jane H
    Jane H Janesville, WI
    on Aug 19, 2015


  • Angela Rueckert
    Angela Rueckert
    on Aug 19, 2015

    for the issue with the rain use a shower curtain

  • Heidi Smith
    Heidi Smith Leander, TX
    on Aug 19, 2015

    I love this idea!!

  • Bammaw's House
    Bammaw's House Pinson, AL
    on Aug 19, 2015

    great job!

  • Deborah Isoverit
    Deborah Isoverit Tecumseh, OK
    on Aug 19, 2015

    well now your neighbors are bored ! LOL! EXCELLENT idea !

  • Sue Hollen-Arensmeyer
    Sue Hollen-Arensmeyer Holmes, PA
    on Aug 19, 2015

    I adore this idea and I'm going to add it to my next year project list. We have a pool in our back yard and on the one connecting side we don't have a privacy fence nor is it in our budget right now. This would be perfect to add along part of the fence line! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Sue Hollen-Arensmeyer
    Sue Hollen-Arensmeyer Holmes, PA
    on Aug 19, 2015

    Oh...and just an FYI. Home Depot sells spikes that you hammer into the ground and then you put your 4x4 into them. We used them when we built our fence and they work great....no cement or digging required!

  • Vicki
    Vicki Smyrna, GA
    on Aug 19, 2015

    love ur idea. can wash, too. ty for sharing.

  • Ella Lee-Stewart
    Ella Lee-Stewart Lindsay, OK
    on Aug 19, 2015

    Love this-

  • Kathy Kinney
    Kathy Kinney
    on Aug 20, 2015

    We have also used the 4 x 4 post anchors. I would be very afraid if those posts are only 13" deep. Usually need 1/4 to 1/3 of total height sunk in the ground if no concrete. The post anchors come in 24" and 36" versions. Glad you checked for underground pipes and wires.

  • Bettye Johnson
    Bettye Johnson Frankfort, KY
    on Aug 23, 2015

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!

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