Stop the car! I found this privacy screen at the side of the road on garbage pickup day. With a slight adaptation, it became the garden gate I was looking for.
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Free is Good
After building this privacy wall-raised bed combo, the next step was to place a gate in adjoining corner for extra privacy. The neighbours have a lot of visitors year-round, so I wanted a little more privacy around the garden pond.
I don’t know why I get myself into these pickles, but I decided the rest of the project would have to be from free and found stuff. This would have been easy at our old home, where garbage day was a treasure-hunter’s dream (and a rather sad commentary on how our culture makes it too hard to repurpose and too easy to throw out). But, where we live now, it’s rare to find good stuff with a free sign on it (mainly because there’s no removal service here).
But (you already know where this is going), sure enough, not long after I made this proclamation, I was driving home and saw this wood privacy screen free-for-the-taking. It’s super-heavy hardwood, and, with a bit of determination, I managed to get it in my tiny car and drive it home.
To make it work in the gate area, I needed hinges and a slight change in the door opening width. Serendipity was on my side as I had both hinges and leftover wood in the shed.
I don’t have proper AFTER photos yet because there’s still more steps to be done. But, in the next photo you can see the privacy screen in place, with a barnboard added to the right side. I also added an old castor wheel to the bottom end of the screen to hold its weight (instead of everything relying on the hinges).
I’ve got landscape fabric hanging on the screen right now until I decide whether to modify it further. These things take time to figure out!
The stepping stones were found around the garden. They look rather shabby now but, once I plant some creeping ground covers around them next year, they should look just fine.
I’m happy to have it done with a $0.00 price tag on it. These improvement projects will continue in the spring when the snow has melted.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛