“After years off feeling a lack of privacy when hanging out on our porch, I finally came up with an idea!”

Our neighborhood is situated on a hill, so we get the pleasantness of having a huge house peering into our backyard. Even if a fence were up, the house is high enough that our neighbors would see right into our backyard. So, after years off feeling a lack of privacy when hanging out on our porch, I finally came up with an idea! A cute little privacy screen that resembles the look of a pergola.

Time: 1 Days Cost: $100 Difficulty: Easy

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I didn’t want to make this permanent since we’ll hopefully be building a pergola in the next year or two. So, for now, I just dug a hole by my patio about 13″ deep (calling the gas/power company to make sure there were no lines) and placed the 4×4 in it. I used a level to make sure it was straight. Adding rocks/shims to get it level.

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For the curtain rod, I found that using a rod that secured directly into the wood was the best option for high wind situations.

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For the curtains themselves, I used drop clothes.

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When the curtains are closed, and it’s windy, I needed a way for them to stay put. So, I placed grommets on the corners and secured them to the ground with a little “U” pin.

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I wish I had done this years ago! The look is perfect for the space, and the privacy is just wonderful.

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This is was it looks like closed. I’ll probably add some cute pattern to it eventually, but for now it does the job! Another plus? I now have something to hang lights from! To see the full tutorial, visit my blog! http://www.thriftyandchic.com/2015/08/diy-privacy-screen-for-100.html

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