April 26, 2016 by Scott - Saws on Skates
Hey there weekend warriors! The warmer weather has me thinking about DIY outdoor projects and hanging out on my patio. The trouble is, I don’t have much privacy out there. Later in the season the lattice panels that surround the patio are covered with lush green leaves and multicolored morning glory blooms, but until that time I feel like I’m living in a fish bowl! So this past weekend I surrounded my patio with a bamboo look DIY Privacy Fence and I’ll show you how you can easily do it in your backyard too!
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I like the lattice panels that surround my patio, but they don’t provide much privacy. Here are the top goals for this DIY privacy fence project:
- Provide privacy, but also must be attractive.
- Give the patio a tropical, outdoor bistro feel. I love going on vacation, so why not go on vacation every day on my patio by giving it the feel of warm, sunny locale possibly with an ocean nearby?! I can already hear the waves splashing on the shore!
Here’s how the patio looked when I started…
I noticed the bottom rail of the arbor broke off over the winter.
I had a few pieces of scrap pressure treated wood leftover from another project, so I got out my Kreg Jig (I use my Kreg jig for EVERYTHING!) and put a few pocket holes in each end.
Then I clamped the new rail in position.
And attached the rail with a few 2-1/2″ weather resistant pocket screws.
Once the rail was fixed I turned my attention to the lattice panels. To create a DIY privacy fence with a tropical feel I opted for a roll of reed fencing I got a big box store. It looks like bamboo to me, so from here on I’ll call it bamboo 😉 I LOVE this stuff!!! I’ve used it for other projects and it takes the feel of any space from ho-hum to tropical in minutes.
First I cut a section of the fencing a little larger than the lattice panel.
Then I began to attach the bamboo using my staple gun and 1/2″ staples. Stapling on the thin metal wire of the fencing seemed to work best. First I stapled the left side and then across the bottom.
Next I cut the bamboo to length using my Fiskars pruning shears. This stuff is really easy to cut, so this step went quickly. Then I finished attaching by stapling the top and the right side.
To complete the look and provide a little more privacy, I installed curtains in the arbor. The curtains were hung on a wood closet rod.
The side of the arbor that faces the neighbors features pulled back curtains for an inviting look. These are just ordinary indoor curtains that I have used elsewhere around my patio area over the years. If they get a little funky, I just toss them in the washer with a splash of bleach and then they are good to go!
The arbor in the patio area features closed curtains for privacy.
The patio area now has a tailored, warm, tropical feel. One last thing I may do is touch up the staples with a little paint, so they blend into the bamboo.
Please come back because installing this bamboo look DIY privacy fence is just the start of this patio transformation. Next we are going to build a new garden gate (for additional privacy) and then we’ll decorate the patio with some DIY planters!