Backyard DIY-Shutter Privacy Fence

4 Genius Yard Upgrades Even a Klutz Can Crush
If the letters “DIY” strike fear in your soul, these easy outdoor projects are for you. Did we mention they’re really, really easy?

2. Shutter Privacy Fence

No fence? No problem! Daune Pitman of the “Cottage in the Oaks” blog MacGyvered an attractive privacy feature from a friend’s pile of discarded shutters. The $0 price wasn’t the only thing that made the material desirable for an outdoor nook’s privacy screen, though. “They were tall,” says Pitman, “could easily be attached to posts, had the vents — which allows air to flow through — and didn’t weigh too much.”
After nailing the shutters to four-by-fours cemented into the ground (an easy task with a store-bought bag of pre-mixed cement), the nook-facing side got a charming French-blue facelift and the back a coating of foliage-matching bark brown paint. With just five materials needed and seven simple steps (and the seventh is, “Sit and listen to birdsong while sipping your coffee!” by the way), the project has earned Pitman lots of luxuriating in the new outdoor spot.


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