DIY Privacy Screen

We’re finally getting closer to the final chapter on the whole New AC/ Shed tear down saga. If you’re new here or want to recall what happened, click here.

Last month while my parents were in town, we finally built the ‘movable’ DIY privacy screens!! My dad was a huge help with this project! I came up with the initial concept, but my dad and J did most of the work figuring out the first screen. We made three screens total which worked out perfectly for the space. Once the first one was built the other two were pieces of cake. We created a little assembly line.

The total screen measures just over 6ft tall and 8ft wide. Yes I did call them ‘movable’ DIY privacy screens, but lets face it. These aren’t moving anywhere. You need at least two strong people to relocate them. We built these instead of a fence because where we live you pretty much need a permit for ANYTHING you do on your property. So adding more cinderblocks, creating a wood fence topper for the cinderblock wall, or bolting a fence to the wall was out of the question. Our neighbor on that side is incredibly nosey too so we wanted to create just a tiny bit more privacy. I also had a slight concern that coyotes or suspicious persons would hop the lower cinderblock wall so this makes me feel just a bit more secure.

Originally the lattice that we used, was up on the cinderblock wall. But when we moved in it was half falling down from the weight of all the jasmine plants in the yard. So we took it down and didn’t think much of it, just tucked it away behind the shed. My mom and I cleaned it up to repurpose for this project. Saved us some money right there, if you purchase them at the store the can run you $30 each! Overall it was ~$150 for all three screens. Not bad.

This is as clean as the space was going to get before we installed the screens. It looks way better now with the screens. Is it magazine worthy? No way, but its 10x better!

DIY Privacy Screen

Supplies needed:

(for one screen)

(11) 2×4’s at 8ft long

(5) 1×4’s at 8ft long

one 4ft x 8ft lattice piece (we already had these on hand, but most hardware stores carry them)

circular saw or miter saw

Kregg Jig , clamp and screws

2in and 3in wood screws

corner square ruler

measuring tape

carpenters pencil

How to:

Screen frame back:

  1. Lay out the back side of the frame with the 2×4’s with one 8ft board at the top. Trim three 2×4’s down to 6ft for the sides and middle. Cut another 2×4 into two pieces measuring 42.5 inches to fit between the sides and middle.
  2. Drill pocket holes at the top of each side and middle 2×4 and screw into the top of the 8ft 2×4 checking to make sure they are square, and centered in the middle.
  3. Drill pocket holes into the 42.5″ long 2×4 pieces and measure down 48″ for the lattice support. Screw into the middle and side 2×4’s. Again checking to make sure they’re square.

 

Lattice and front frame:

  1. Lay the lattice onto of the frame
  2. Place one 8ft 1×4 on the top of the frame and start screwing it on. Pro tip: don’t put all the screws in a straight line, instead alternate between the top, middle and bottom of the wood creating a wave or zig-zag to help hold the wood and work with any warping.
  3. The sides and middle 1×4 should all be trimmed down to 6ft and installed same as step 2.
  4. Cut one 1×4 into two pieces measuring 42.5 inches to frame the bottom end of the lattice.

The base:

  1. Cut a 2×4 into three pieces measuring 2ft to create the ‘feet’.
  2. Pre-drill holes into the ‘feet’ to help when screwing into the side and middle 2×4/1×4 sandwich.
  3. When screwing the ‘feet’ onto the frame, beside to check and make sure you’re squared up and level.
  4. Cut another 2×4 into three pieces with 45 degree angle cuts to support the sides and middle. Attached to the sides of the frame. You’ll want to attach the middle one last after step 5.
  5. Lay three 2×4’s across the ‘feet’ and attach with wood screws.

Finishing up:

You could add locking casters to the base if you wanted. We chose not to, these screens aren’t going anywhere! You could paint or stain the wood too, again we chose not to because we wanted to do this as cheaply as possible!

Ideally I’d love to: power wash the concrete and give it a fresh coat of gray patio paint, add a vertical garden to the back of the garage, mount a sun-sail, and add some vine-type plants to fill in the lattice. At this point though, we’re done with projects on this house. Since we know we’ll only be here for another year, we’ll let the next owners deal with the other little modifications that could be done. Nothing needs to be done, but there are things that could be done.

DIY Anchor Bar Shelf

Back in September I (with my mom’s help) painted the family room! It was so nice to finally change it from the tan to the gray color. We also rearranged some of the furniture around. The bar cabinet was originally in the living room but we thought it would be better in the family room. It was obvious that we needed more storage for the bar so my dad and I constructed this little shelf to help hold display more our treasures.

Sources:

Bar – World Market, no longer available, similar here | Anchor brackets | Paint color | Beer cap map | Stain color | Biergarten Sign |

DIY Anchor Bar Shelf

The anchor shelf brackets actually came in this distressed brown color that I was not a huge fan of so we used a can of black spray paint and turned them black.

The brackets are 8 inches x 8 inches, but I wanted the shelf to have a bit of an overhang. We took a piece of 8x and added a 1x to the back by using wood glue and clamps to hold it. After it was dry we sanded the wood, pre-stain conditioned the wood and stained it. After staining it i put a couple of coats of polyurethane onto to protect it.

To hang it you’ll need a level, stud finder, drywall anchors, pencil, and a cordless drill. Measure where you want the shelf, check for studs, if there are none I recommend using drywall anchors to help hold the shelf. Ensure the shelf is level and drill brackets into the wall. Add the wood to the top and you’re ready to go.

 

DIY Picture display

Are you ready for the easiest DIY ever? Seriously its so easy! I needed something long and skinny for this wall between the dining room and kitchen and thought it would be fun to make a simple DIY picture display. We use it to hang up cards, pictures, invitations, etc…

Supplies needed:

A piece of 1×4 in desired length | Sand paper | Pre-stain wood conditioner | Stain in whatever color you want | Polyurethane to protect the wood | Very small screw eyes | String | Small clothes pins | Sawtooth picture hooks for the back to hang it up

How to:

I had a bunch of scrap pieces of 1×4’s from another project laying around so I used one of those. But you can also buy it at a hardware store and have them cut it for you if you’re not comfortable cutting it yourself or don’t have the tools to do it.

Be sure to sand the wood a little to get rid of any rough parts. Clean the wood after so the dust from sanding doesn’t interfere with the stain.

Before staining use a pre-stain wood conditioner, trust me. It’ll help the stain from coming out splotchy. Follow the instructions on the can.

Stain to the desired color, follow the directions on the can. Follow up with a couple coats of polyurethane to protect the project.

Measure and mark out where you want the screw eyes. They’re really easy to install, simply screw in! Tie your string and hang your pictures! You’re done!

Fireplace Refresh

A couple weeks ago I did a Instagram story debating on a fireplace refresh by whitewashing the brick walls or not. The overwhelming consensus was to whitewash the brick.

Before:

The warm tones of the brick made the room very dark and dated. Plus, Im on team stained/raw wood, not painted and the brown paint was really starting to bug me. Maybe I’ll tackle the ceiling beams next…. haha not… But now that the brick is painted the fireplace box looks a bit sad. Time to pick up some high heat paint!

Durring:

I used an old sour cream container with measurements to get the proportions of paint right. I did 1/4 Cup paint to 3/4 Cup water (25/75 dilution). Because I didn’t think I wanted it as white and wanted the brick texture to show through more. Of course I couldn’t just do the fireplace wall but had to the bar wall as well.

After:

So I’m debating on doing a second coat of whitewash using the wall color to make it a little less pink. I also need to repaint the back of the door and its trim. That will also help the overall appearance of the wall. Let me know in the comments if you think it needs a second coat.

Mantle piece:

I took this project one step further and refinished the mantle wood too. I didn’t take a good before picture of it, but its the same color as the ceiling beams. I used a random orbital sander to sand the whole thing down. If you tackle something like this, cover everything you care about with plastic and prepare for dust to go everywhere. EVERYWHERE! But it was totally worth it. I love how it turned out. Not all the paint came up and I’m ok with that because it makes the mantle beam look more distressed.

I used a pre-stain wood conditioner after sanding the cleaning the wood. I then did a light coat of mahogany stain. Then followed up with three coats of polyurethane. Let it cure for a couple of days and its ready to go!

 

 

Living Room Refresh

I think I definitely lean towards coastal decor, wouldn’t you agree? But I love a little modern element to the room too. Not rustic, not too vintage, but modern, maybe a little traditional too. It’s also becoming clear that I really love IKEA… and Costco… I think because they’re cheap and easy. In an ideal world I’d build some of our furniture. Maybe on the the next move. I have plans for a new media center and to wrap the KALLAX shelves or maybe give it tapered legs.

Before:

When we first moved in we thought we’d make the living room the bar/ library room. But after a while I decided the bar stuff made more sense in the family room closer to the kitchen. We also spend more time in the family room. I usually sit in the living room in the afternoons reading while Gizmo looks out the window.

After!

Sources:

Bookcase | baskets | floor lamp | pendant lamp shade and cord | chairs – similar | shoe bench | whale tale hooks – similar | dog leash holder | painting is by my Gramma | rug costco – similar | floor pouf | trunk – similar | trunk cushion | Paint color – BHER Toasty Gray |