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A privacy fence room divider: Covering up an outdoor eye sore

Hey guys, well you’ve already heard me rant and rave about the terrible place our electrician put our electric panel: Right by our front door! To see what I did about that ugliness on the inside of the house check this out: Covering up an incredible eye sore in our entry way. After seeing that post many of you asked what we did on the outside of our house because it was all just as ugly on the outside as it was on the inside! I had been at the drawing board about this problem all last winter before I finally had a light bulb moment! We had one extra fence panel leftover from when we put up our privacy fence so I thought I could make something like a room divider out of it… I got to work.

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Yup all that stuff wasn’t two feet from our front door where everyone walks every day to come in to the home. It drove me crazy – it was SO ugly! The extra fence panel we had was lying out in the dog kennel so I went and grabbed it.

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With my reciprocating saw I cut the privacy fence panel into three separate pieces. There were three supporting boards across the back of the entire panel, so each needed to be cut. Each cut section ended up with four fence “slats” on it. That left me with two “slats” leftover which turned out to be a very good thing. As room dividers go I knew I needed to put three hinges on one side and three hinges on the other so it  would “fold” in opposite directions so it would stand on its own. (I purchased just basic outdoor hinges on sale at Ace hardware for this job and used small outdoor screws.) I was not worried about the one broken off slat as I knew we would be burying this “room divider” well into the ground so it wouldn’t blow over so the broken slat would never show.

How to wood working build a room divider out of a privacy fence panel white wash diy do it yourself to cover an eye sore outside the house electrical panel equipment

I grabbed some leftover flat white paint I had and just did a fast dry brush over the entire things. I kept telling myself to make sure it wasn’t “perfect” in any way. I really wanted it to look like it had been here for fifty years like everything else. Then, after a lot of adjustments and not a few four letter words, we got it in place!

How to wood working build a room divider out of a privacy fence panel white wash diy do it yourself to cover an eye sore outside the house electrical panel equipment

So… yeah, I didn’t really see that gap coming… No problem! Remember I had two extra fence slats leftover? I simply painted one of them up and tacked it on there, problem solved! No more gap in my outdoor room divider cover up thingy!

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Because this IS electrical that I’m hiding I figured it would be against code to attach this or make it permanent in any way so we just drove it into the ground so it can be pulled out easily at any time. This has been up since this spring and it still hasn’t moved at all and we’ve had some SERIOUSLY bad and windy weather this summer. Before I show the real “after” photos though, let’s remember what our house looked like in the spring of 2015 exactly one year before we built our “room divider” to cover up that electrical ugliness. Joe was just tackling the stone to cover the old stucco and we had not yet finished the new siding. My grandparents’ old sign (that they made of course) still hung on the front of the house…

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So far I’m totally stoked with how our “room divider” looks. Is it perfect? No. Will I ever be really happy with this ugly situation or ever really “over” it? Probably not. However, I do think we did about the best we could do to cover up a bad situation. You can still see the ugliness when you’re standing on the other side (in our back yard) but I had to leave the fence out like that because there also happens to be an outlet back there and it needed to be accessible. However, the majority is covered and I am pleased to report no one seemed to notice it at all. I pointed it out to my mom and she jumped and did a double take because it fit in so well even she didn’t notice and she walked right by it lol and lived here her entire child hood! Well, I guess that’s the best compliment I could get. Joe helped me with this project (sweet man… I think he was feeling guilty about not spending enough time with me in the few weeks before I did this – gosh how we are busy people) he cut the fence panel a part and helped hold everything while I screwed it together. It took us both to get it in position, digging and grunting and adjusting etc. Of course the soffits and things on the house (as you can see) all need to be painted etc. forgive me that I have not yet got to that this summer, honestly I kinda like the chippy old paint and don’t really want to paint it yet.

All in – I am happy with how this turned out 🙂

How to wood working build a room divider out of a privacy fence panel white wash diy do it yourself to cover an eye sore outside the house electrical panel equipment

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44 Comments

  1. Kathleen
    September 5, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    I truly does look very nice. What an improvement. You should be proud of all your work.

  2. September 11, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Looks great! You could hang some fun yard art or fake birdhouses on it too!

  3. October 21, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Hey that looks great! I have an ugly electric box in my laundry room and I made a peg board to hang over it to disguise it. The peg board holds pretty cleaning supplies.

    Tania

    • October 21, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Tania, that’s a great idea!

  4. October 26, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Hi Tarahlynn,
    You did a great thing by hiding the eye sores. I wonder why in the world these things get placed in the most conspicuous places possible? It’s a mystery to me. Ha ha.

    Your new siding looks great too!

    Thank you for sharing with Thursday Favorite Things.

    Olivia

  5. November 26, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    It looks great! You guys have done such a great job on this house! It truly is amazing!

  6. December 12, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Love it! Brilliant idea. Have a wonderful Christmas.

    • December 12, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      Thank you Maria, you too!

  7. December 13, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at #OverTheMoon. I look forward to what you will share next week! Do something special. Give yourself a standing ovation today! We hope you’ll come back again next Sunday when we open our doors at 6:00 PM EST. Pinned and tweeted!

    • December 13, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      Thank you Marilyn! I’ll be there!

  8. December 16, 2016 at 3:39 am

    Tarah, that’s a very clever and beautiful way to hide the electrical eye sore. You did a wonderful job!

    • December 16, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you so much Keri!

  9. December 17, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing at the DIY party!

  10. Jann Olson
    December 28, 2016 at 3:13 am

    You are always so busy and great at coming up with creative ideas! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  11. January 4, 2017 at 12:48 am

    What a wonderful idea! It looks great.

  12. January 5, 2017 at 11:45 am

    A very clever, creative and resourceful idea!

  13. January 5, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    I still can’t believe your electrician put that panel right there. Why? Oh why?! You did a fantastic job covering it up and making it blend in with the rest of the front yard. The front of the house looks so different!

    • January 5, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you and oh my gosh I ask that question almost every day! WHY?! But, I think it worked out ok lol Thanks again!

  14. January 6, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    I hope that you have been generously patting yourself on the back, this turned out great! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

  15. January 7, 2017 at 3:35 am

    What a brilliant solution! I can see it decorated for every single holiday. Thanks for sharing at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party.

    • January 9, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks Susan! This year we hung a christmas wreath on it 🙂

  16. January 8, 2017 at 10:43 am

    You really are The Cleverest of The Clever! This is a perfect solution and look great! Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  17. January 13, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Taralynn, this is genius. Fits the exterior of your home perfectly and goes so well with the updated screen door. As usual, super job and thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Design.

    • January 13, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Thank you so much Carol!

  18. January 20, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I love this idea! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  19. January 28, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Very clever and pretty too. Thank you for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

  20. January 28, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Great idea and tutorial. Thank you for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

    I am featuring at the party today.

    • January 30, 2017 at 5:15 pm

      Thank you so much Sharon!!

  21. March 1, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Wow! What a great idea!
    visiting from the Tuesday Talk link up!
    Happy Wednesday!
    Megs

  22. March 23, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    What a twit that electrician was. In our last home the gas company came to “update” our meter to move the indoor meter to the outside. Fine no problem. But they went to run the gas line all along the inside wall of our basement. We had to be home so I caught it in time. They weren’t happy about having to dig up our back yard and repair it. I explained you can leave it as is!!!

    Such a great workaround you did on this shoddy electrical shortcut. It looks great and once the plants all grow around it, it will be a beautiful feature.

    • March 23, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      Thank you so much Leanna, these things can be SO frustrating!!

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