What To Do With A Chain Link Fence

What To Do With A Chain Link Fence


I’d be curious to see how many of you have a chain link fence you don’t love.  We have a strip of it that I am not a huge fan of, though we purchased these to help with that last year.

However, there is still a bit of chain link left to cover, and I have been pondering exactly what to do.  Chain link can be an eyesore, but it can also be charming in a way.  There is a stretch of it at my husband’s family’s land along their drive that just feels homey to me.  Maybe surrounded by green pastures, chain link is not so bad?

But if you have your own chain link fence you do not love (or any other type of fence for that matter), I have some great ideas for you!

1.  Make it Bold, Make it Graphic – pretty cool, right?  Cups people, colored cups.  That’s all you need to recreate this pattern.

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2.  Cover It With Pretty, Pretty Flowering Vines – Yes, it takes time to get this kind of coverage, but choosing a fast growing vine like jasmine or crossvine would help.



3.  Lacey Lace – Aren’t these installations neat?  They are created by a company not giving away their secret quite yet – you can read more about them here. I think you creative people out there could figure out a way to do this.



4.  Add Fence Slats – This looks so sweet, a few wood slats can go a long way!



5.  Use Awnings To Cover Them – I saw this idea over at Making It Lovely, and I think it could be so cute!


6.  Attach Trellises To It – I LOVE the way this looks!  Of course, the beautiful landscaping really helps, but notice the chain link is not fully covered, and yet, do you even notice it?  No!  You are immediately drawn to the wood trellis and greenery.  Well done!



7.  Attention Renters!  Check out this low cost, easy to install, easy to remove solution!  Using some cedar planks from Lowes and a little hardware, this couple created a very cool look!  You can see the full DIY here.


8.  Add Reed Or Bamboo Panels – These are easily found at your local hardware store!


9.  Paint It! – It seems so simple, but really, painting your chain link fence a color instantly makes it look more finished.  Black, white, green, or a pop of color, I think a can of paint does wonders for this type of fence.  Tip:  Make sure you use Rustoleum or some other type of rust resistant paint intended for metal.  

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10.  Add A Quirky Collection – Okay, this may not be for everyone, but I think if you have the right personality, and enough kitsch in your house, you can pull this off.



Any of these ideas encourage you in your quest to make your chain link fence work for you?

One last thing…drumroll please, I’m announcing the winner of the $500 Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway!  I used Random.org to pick the winner.

Lucky #26!!

Congratulations Emily!!!  Keep your eye out for an email from me today!

And because this is funny…really, is this sign necessary??!!

Written by Grace

  • Emily
    Posted at 12:05h, 13 August Reply

    Get out of town!!!!!
    I won, really?
    I’m so excited Grace. Thanks for this opportunity.
    Now, these fences are looking so darn good. I especially love the trellis attachments!

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:30h, 21 August Reply

      YAY!!!! You did, you did! I’m so excited for you, Emily! Can you email me at submissions @ AStoriedStyle .com when you get a chance? Congrats again!

  • Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door
    Posted at 12:47h, 13 August Reply

    I’ve got this issue in my backyard, so thanks for this post! I love the idea of the trellis.

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:26h, 21 August Reply

      Oh great! Send me a pic if you use one of these ideas, Elizabeth!

  • CJ Harris
    Posted at 13:08h, 13 August Reply

    Congratulations Emily!

  • Erin
    Posted at 14:37h, 13 August Reply

    I completely love this post. We don’t have any chain link at the moment, but we’re in the market for a farm, which means… chain link, and lots of it. Will be pinning this for future reference!

    Congratulations, Emily!

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:31h, 21 August Reply

      Oh yeah, you’re definitely going to need to file this post! Good luck on the hunt, Erin!

  • Tiffany
    Posted at 08:53h, 16 August Reply

    Love the trellis and the flowers. Dreamy!

    • Grace
      Posted at 10:31h, 21 August Reply

      Tiffany, totally! So pretty!

  • Ruth R. Ray
    Posted at 04:20h, 24 August Reply

    These are great ideas! I’ve never really been fascinated with chain link fences but with these additional ornaments, they’ve become interesting! I love the ones with bamboo panels and the colored cups. I think it’s very creative.

  • Derek
    Posted at 21:11h, 08 January Reply

    MAN!!! lovely i deas i just got my fence We recently bought a house in Wellington, FL and needed to replace a fence that was literally falling apart. We figured we needed a completely new fence installation so we contacted Fence Crafters. I would highly recommend them. Their materials were quality and their crew was awesome! so i’ll try your wonderful ideas

  • Bryan Flake
    Posted at 13:32h, 02 March Reply

    These are really beautiful fences. I really like the surfboard fence. It reminds me of my days as a beach bum during college. Hopefully, a fence like that won’t be out of place in the middle of a neighborhood.

  • Jones
    Posted at 08:50h, 02 September Reply

    Just pure brilliance from you here. I have never expected something less than this from you and you have not disappointed me at all. I suppose you will keep the quality work going on. You can try commercial fence installation.

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