Hey hey everyone! It’s now the first week of April 2020, which means around here we just finished our third week of school being canceled indefinitely and our second week of being under a stay-at-home order due to COVID19. What strange times we’re living in right now, and yet, for the foreseeable future, this is our new normal!
While we’re deeply concerned for, and praying for, all of the sick and their families, along with all of the healthcare workers on the frontlines, all those whose livelihoods have been negatively impacted by this virus, all of the leaders faced with incredibly difficult decisions during this unprecedented time, and our city, state, nation and the world as a whole, we’re also thankful for this chance to slow down and enjoy more time at home with our families.
And now that we’re all spending more time at home while the weather is getting warmer, if you’re anything like us, you (or your spouse 😉) are probably looking around your home and thinking of all kinds of projects that need doing!
If one of those projects involves needing to create some privacy from your neighbors or blocking an unsightly view🙈, then we have JUST what you need!
This 4’ tall, approx 56” x 56” DIY privacy wall with built-in planter that we recently designed and crafted for one of our commercial client’s new officer entrance is a super stylish and affordable way to create the privacy you’re looking for!
Starting with this space ⬆️ we needed to come up with something to block the view of the a/c unit and trash cans and help define this door as the entrance to a business.
Pictured above is the original concept as designed by the talented men of Gathered Nest (aka our handy husbands 😉).
With just a few tweaks along the way- and a whole lot of technical steps that it turns out weren’t captured in photos because SOMEONE 🙋🏻♀️ doesn’t know what they’re doing 🤷🏻♀️💁🏻♀️)- this project came to life beginning with the following list of supplies:
Now for the step-by-step process as detailed by someone who actually built the wall. 🧔🏻🧔
Aka, not 💁🏻♀️💁🏻♀️🙈😂
“To begin building the wall of the privacy wall portion of the project, take the 4”x4”x12’ treated post and cut it into 3 equal length pieces. These will be the posts at either end and the corner of the wall. Next, using the table saw, you will need to rip 4 of the fence pickets into 3, equal width strips. Following that, also using the table saw, rip the 8’ treated 2x4’s into equal widths. Finally, cut 3 of the pieces of 2x4 that you just ripped to approximately 46” or about 2” shorter than the 4x4 posts.
To begin constructing the privacy wall, attach 1 each, of the 46” pieces to 1 each of the 4x4 post using the 2-1/2” pocket hole screws. (Helpful tip: you may need to drill a small pilot hole in these pieces to prevent splitting the wood) Be sure to make the edges flush to one side. For the post that will make up the corner of the wall, attach 2 of the 46” pieces to the third piece of 4x4 post. These two pieces should be attached to opposing corners so that the wall will form a 90* angle. You’re now ready to start attaching the fence pickets.
Depending on the desired length of your finished wall, you will need to cut the fence pickets to length. Be sure to subtract 7” from your final length to account for the 3.5” actual width of each post. (Example: 48” wall - (2) 3.5” posts = 41” cut length fence pickets) Next, lay the corner post and 1 end post on the ground or a flat surface with the 2x4 strips facing each other. Beginning at the top of the 46” strip of 2x4 attach 1 of the full width fence picket between the strips using the 1-5/8” deck screws. Again, it would be helpful to pre-drill a small pilot hole. Alternating between a full width fence picket, and one of the ripped fence pickets, evenly spaced, continue working down the wall until it’s completely full. It may be necessary to rip another fence picket for the bottom as it may not space out equal to a full width picket depending on the height of your wall. Stand up the wall you just assembled, and begin attaching the fence pickets between the corner post and the third post, forming a 90* wall. Follow the same method of alternating wide and thin pickets until both sides of the wall are complete. Attach 2 more of the 46”, 2x4 strips to backside center of each wall. These will help stabilize and strengthen the walls.
Once your walls are complete, it’s time to start building a frame to support the planters. Using the remaining pieces of 2x4 begin building two rectangular frames which will hold the planters at 3 equal spaces. These can be easily built with the pocket hole jig and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws. If you don’t have a pocket hole jig, regular 2-1/2” deck screws will work. These rectangle shaped frames will be screwed to one side of the wall. 1 at a height high enough to support the planters and one at the bottom of the wall. Next, cut supports to fit between the two frames giving them vertical support. Finally, cut some more supports that will go across the middle of the upper rectangular frame, spaced so that the planters will fit between these supports and rest on the planter’s top lip.
Now, using the rest of the fence pickets, cover the box you just made following the same pattern you used on the walls. How you decide to cover the top of the box is up to you. You can completely cover it, or continue the same spacing pattern as the wall. Finally, using the jig saw, cut out the pieces of the pickets where the planters will go allowing them to drop in to their resting place.
The assembly of the planter privacy wall is now complete. To finish, sand the wall to remove any loose fibers of wood and paint the color of your choice.”
AND DONE!! 🙌🏼 (Thanks Casey!)
See?? Easy, peasy! We girls barely even broke a sweat! 💃🏻😉😂
Ok, so it may require a litttttttle bit of sweat, BUT we promise you can do it! And when you do we want to see! So be sure to tag us @gatherednest in your pics!! ✅
Happy building! 🛠
💕 K & C