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There’s nothing I love more than an open-concept home or backyard, but sometimes you need a little privacy too! Angela Rose’s privacy fence inspired me so much and I wanted to recreate that same look for our outdoor space. I thought this was a great idea to get a little privacy in our backyard without compromising the extending view we had that made our space feel big and open. So I decided to build my own DIY privacy wall on the side of the yard next to our new patio and it turned out WAY better than I could have imagined!
I knew this would be a great way to give us a little bit more privacy and would really revamp our entire patio space. I’m so happy with the way it turned out and now our outdoor living space truly feels like our own little private oasis.
Below are step-by-step instructions on how to build your own DIY privacy wall. This is a beginner-friendly DIY project and a fairly quick build, but you might find it helpful to have an extra person help you out when nailing in the slats to the posts. A special thank you to my handy husband for helping me out with this part!
Most, if not all, of these materials can be found at your local Home Depot of Lowe’s.
The overall dimensions of my DIY privacy wall are 16′ x 7′. Depending on how long your DIY privacy wall will be will determine how many posts you’ll need to buy for this project. I ended up buying five 6′ posts and this covered a pretty large area along the side of our patio.
The height of the support posts will determine how deep your holes in the ground need to be. The hole needs to be at least 1/3 of the height of the posts. Since our posts are 6′, we dug 2′ holes into the ground. I also recommend researching the frost lines for your climate as this could impact your project!
We decided it would be a good idea to use an auger for this part. My husband took on this job and it was so fun to see this tool in action!
After digging holes into the ground, we installed each of the wooden posts and then painted them Tricorn Black. This is my favorite shade of black and I love how it gives the whole thing a more modern look.
We started to nail in the slats about 3 inches down from the top of the posts. I used my nail gun to attach each wooden slat to the posts and used galvanized nails.
A good way to determine the spacing between the slats was to use the slats themselves. To do this, I turned a 1″ x 2″ wooden slat on its side and placed it in between the slats I was nailing in to ensure it was evenly spaced all the way across and all the way down the privacy wall. Each space was about 1″. So, basically, I used a sideways slat as a consistent spacer for the whole project!
Once all of the slats were nailed into the posts I was able to stain them. I used a stain called Canyon Brown and love the way it paired with the Tricorn Black. It’s a darker stain so I only needed to use one coat and I’m so happy with how it turned out.
Now that you’ve built your DIY privacy wall, it’s time for the best part… decorating and enjoying it!
Again, my inspiration for this project was Angela Rose’s wood slat wall and I love how she added rocks around the bottom of the posts so we did the same thing.
If you don’t want to add rocks, you could add wood chips, tall grasses, pretty flowers, or just leave it as it. I also added string lights and cute potted plants across the entire wall. There’s lots of different and creative ways to decorate your privacy wall.
This project has been such a fun way to revamp our patio and the perfect solution for having a more private space. It’s also a great option if you have neighbors that live fairly close and want to get out and enjoy the fresh air without having to worry about who might be outside next to you. The spacing between the slats also help with different climates because wind can blow through the structure without blowing it over! If you have any questions, ask below!
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