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Choosing The Right Fence

It might not seem like a difficult decision, but finding the right fence can be hard to do. In addition to choosing a picket style, a color, and a height, you might also be concerned about abiding by city and neighborhood ordinances. However, all of these decisions are easy if you choose the right fence contractor. A few years ago, I found a great contractor who helped us to create a beautiful, functional backyard in a few weeks. Read this blog for more information about fences, contractors, and design styles that you won't regret a few years down the road.



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Four Unique Ways To Beautify Your Wooden Fence

by Chester Alvarez

Most fences are installed for functional purposes such as privacy, deterring unwanted guests, and keeping pets on your property. But there's no doubt that homeowners also want their fence to be esthetically pleasing. If you have a wooden fence that's reached the doldrums stage in its life, you can easily spruce things up without having to replace the entire thing. Here are four fun tips for beautifying your wooden fence.

Add Some 3-D Art

Artists do it with picture frames, shadow boxes, and even exterior shutters, so why not add some cool "wall sculpture" to your wooden fence, too? You can look for things around the house, at the local craft store, or even a yard sale like pieces of metal and wood that can be rolled, shaped, and crafted into any object. Some people like to use recycled metal to shape flowers, animals, or abstract art, but you can create whatever you like.

If you need to remove rust from metal, you can purchase commercial products that will take care of the job or simply use some sand paper. Afterward, paint with the color of your choice, and hang your art on your fence.

Paint a Mural

Whether you have an artist in the house or you know someone who has the talent to paint the picture of your dreams, your fence could be the perfect canvas. Ideas include nature backdrops, cityscapes, or anything that reflects your hobbies. If you're into antique cars, you could have your favorite model outside all the time. Or maybe you'd like to decorate your fence with a bird or coastal theme. If you have a garden nearby, you might think about painting several scarecrows. The sky is the limit when it comes to options.

Wooden fences are the ideal choice for painting a mural. And the good news is that the paint will double as a protectant against moisture, insects, and other damage. Be sure to start with an acrylic wood primer to keep the paint from cracking and blistering. Then use an acrylic latex paint for the project itself. 

Hang Some Birdhouses

Fences are perfect for keeping out unwanted animals and people. But you probably don't want your yard to be off-limits to the feathered variety. Fortunately, your fence can be the perfect place to add some bird houses.

You can go as simple or as extravagant as you like. Hang some gourds here and there over the top of the fence, and you'll attract martins, swallows, bluebirds, woodpeckers, chickadess, wrens, and screech owls, among others. If you have a traditional birdhouse, simply add a wooden shelf high up on your fence, and fix the birdhouses to the shelf.

If you have a problem with mosquitoes and other flying insects, you might want to encourage the presence of bats. Mounting a bat house is pretty simple, and a wooden fence can be the perfect base to affix their new home as they tend to shy away from houses mounted on trees. Bats like to nest in really tight spaces, sort of like the space between the bark and the trunk of a tree. You can build the house yourself or look for kits online.

Light Things Up

Once the sun has set and you're enjoying a quiet evening on the patio, what do you use to light up your yard? Citronella candles or a back-porch light? Adding some lights to your fence can be a fun way to illuminate your outdoor space without having to spend a lot of money.

As with other decorative options, you can really get creative with this. Some people like fairy lights that give off a soft glow. Or you may want to go with some solar lights strung along the top of the fence line. If you prefer to forego electricity altogether, consider hanging some mason jars with candles inside for that country feel.