How to Build a Unique Outdoor Privacy Wall
Need a reprieve from those nosy neighbors? Our unique take on the traditional privacy fence will have you relaxing in peace in no time.
- (3) 6 x 6 x 10 exterior posts
- (4) 2 x 6 x 16 treated boards
- (4) 4 x 4 blocks
- 2 x 4 boards for support
- 3” x 3/8 lag bolts
- 3/8" washers
- 3/8” socket bit
- fast-setting concrete
- garden hoe
- (3) 6 x 6 post anchor
- (3) ½” x 4 ¼” wedge concrete anchors
- 1/2" masonry drill bit
- post level
- 3” exterior decking screws
- skill saw
- orbital sander
- (4) eye screws
- (4) screw hooks
- zinc-plated steel double loop chain
- vintage windows
- drop cloth
- spray paint
- waterproof fabric spray
- staple gun
- variety of climbing plants
Dig Holes for the Posts
For best results, start with a level site that has good drainage and measure out the dimensions to make sure it can accommodate the fence. Once the site is ready to go, it's time to dig holes for the footers. Note: All footers should be to local codes, which is usually below the frost line. Dig three holes in a row, eight feet apart.
Pour Concrete Footers
Using a wheelbarrow and garden hoe, mix the concrete according to instructions on the bag (Image 1). This method allows you to keep concrete consistency the same for each footer. Next, pour all three footers and allow to fully dry (Images 2 & 3). Rinse the wheelbarrow and hoe immediately after use. This will keep the remnants from permanently setting.
Use a skill saw to etch out six-inch-deep cuts, two-inches in at the top of the 6x6 posts (Images 1 & 2). This will allow the 2x6 boards to rest on either side of the posts once upright. Use a hammer and chisel to free the separated pieces (Image 3). Use an orbital sander to create a clean, smooth ledge (Image 4). Next, flip the post and repeat on the opposite side (Image 5).
Attach Posts to Concrete Footers
Drill a hole in the center of each concrete footer with a 1/2-inch masonry bit (Image 1). Secure post anchors to each footer by inserting a concrete anchor in the middle of the anchor mechanism (Image 2). Next, place the posts into the post anchors (Image 3). Use a post level to ensure that they're level, and then secure in place with decking screws and lag bolts on each side (Images 4 & 5).
Add 2x6 Beams
Stabilize the posts by attaching 2x4's to adjacent sides of the post to hold in place for the next step (Image 1). Next, grab a friend to help place the 2x6x16 beams on the notches at the top of the posts (Image 2). Hold in place with screws temporarily, then permanently secure the beams at each post with two lag bolts (Image 3). Repeat with another 2x6 on the opposite side of the post (Image 4).
Spray Paint Window
For extra privacy, hang old window frames on the structure. First, remove any glass from the frames. To add a pop of color, spray paint the window frames (on top of a drop cloth) an eye-catching hue — like the butter-yellow we chose. Let dry completely.
Waterproof and Attach Fabric
Next, lay down a piece of lightweight fabric on the back of the window. To ensure longevity, spray a generous coat of waterproofing spray on the fabric (Image 1). Next, cut off any excess fabric and attach it to the window with a staple gun (Images 2 & 3).
Attach Windows to Structure
Attach two eye bolts to the top of each window frame (Image 1). To attach them to the structure, add 4x4 blocks in between the 2x6 beams and secure with decking screws on each side (Image 2). Next, add screw hooks in the middle of each block (Image 3). Place the window frames on each hook (Image 4). To prevent them from swaying back and forth, secure the bottom of the frames to the structure with double loop chain and a screw on each side (Image 5).
For added color and privacy, add in tall, climbing plant varieties that thrive in your growing zone. Decorate with seating and tables, and never worry about a nosy neighbor again.