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

15 Responses to “What To Do With A Chain Link Fence”

  1. Emily August 13, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    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 August 21, 2013 at 10:30 am #

      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!

  2. Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door August 13, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

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

    • Grace August 21, 2013 at 10:26 am #

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

  3. CJ Harris August 13, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Congratulations Emily!

  4. Erin August 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    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 August 21, 2013 at 10:31 am #

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

  5. Tiffany August 16, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    Love the trellis and the flowers. Dreamy!

    • Grace August 21, 2013 at 10:31 am #

      Tiffany, totally! So pretty!

  6. Ruth R. Ray August 24, 2013 at 4:20 am #

    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.

  7. Derek January 8, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

    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

  8. Bryan Flake March 2, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

    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.

  9. Andre Beluchi June 30, 2016 at 6:01 pm #

    Seeing the great idea and design that have been done on those chain fences has me thinking about maybe doing the same thing. With my plan of building a wire fence, it could be something for me to try out. Hopefully, my wife would agree to this plan since she’s the one has been helping me out.

  10. Stuart Chain Link Fence July 8, 2016 at 2:14 am #

    Awesome design! we are building fences too and I can certainly say that this design are the best. This will be one of our inspiration, thanks you so much for sharing.

  11. Emily Baker July 6, 2017 at 6:31 am #

    Fencing can be of many types such as wrought iron, PVC, wood, aluminum, vinyl, bamboo, chain link, among others. The primary objective of fencing is to safeguard our property. In addition, we are using the fence as a component of making our home more appealing. On the post, the given images are really incredible. The installation of chain link fence is no brainer. However, people engage a quality contractor to build it in a more systematic way. Pros working there suggest you different modern styles in accordance with your home.

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