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
(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
2in and 3in wood screws
Screen frame back:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Lay the lattice onto of the frame
- 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.
- The sides and middle 1×4 should all be trimmed down to 6ft and installed same as step 2.
- Cut one 1×4 into two pieces measuring 42.5 inches to frame the bottom end of the lattice.
- Cut a 2×4 into three pieces measuring 2ft to create the ‘feet’.
- Pre-drill holes into the ‘feet’ to help when screwing into the side and middle 2×4/1×4 sandwich.
- When screwing the ‘feet’ onto the frame, beside to check and make sure you’re squared up and level.
- 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.
- Lay three 2×4’s across the ‘feet’ and attach with wood screws.
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.