Hey, friends. Check it out! It’s the back of my house. You don’t notice anything ugly and distracting, like maybe four trash cans? Do you? No?
Woooohooo! You have no idea how proud I am of my hidden trash can situation. 🙂 Here’s a quick post sharing exactly how we made this custom fence (would you call it a fence??) that hides my trash cans and gives the rest of my home the clean/modern feel we are going for.
First, here’s the before. This photo was taken just a couple months ago before the house was painted. You can see here (behind the ladders) that there was already a “fence” type situation around the trash cans. It looked fine before, and I was glad it was there.
Once the house was painted white, it suddenly looked really old. There was moss growing on it and a lot of the wood had rot, so my plan to paint that white quickly flew out the window. We decided to get rid of it and add a new, more modern cover for the trash cans.
I got a quote to build one with breeze blocks (we’re planning to do something else with breeze blocks as well, I promise I didn’t get a whole quote just for my trash can fence), but the quote was very expensive. Since we had just spent a pretty penny getting the house painted, we decided to hold off on any more contracted projects until next year.
Buuuutt, with the new white house, the black trash cans really stood out. See?
Here’s what we did!
The supplies for this project ended up being around $150 for the size we needed. Not bad, not bad.
Here’s how it looks pulled away from the house. It is still moveable. We chose not to secure it down because it’s heavy enough that it won’t tip over in the wind or storms. And keeping it movable is the easiest way to be able to hose it down back there if we ever have a trash accident (it happens).
Oh! If you’re curious, we have a trash service that drives up to this spot so we don’t have to roll anything to the curb (it’s AWESOME).
Here’s how it looks from behind, in case you want to make one that’s similar. It’s so easy (but also extremely custom for our house) that we didn’t think it was necessary to show you a whole DIY. But I can help you with any questions you might have if you want to make your own.
The boards are the pre-primed white boards (6″ tall by 3/4″ wide). Then there are four posts that are 2.5 inches wide on each corner. If you have that and screws, you have everything you need!
I guess that’s everything! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments.
Oh… ONE more before/after before I go!
Click here to see our homemade flower beds, too!
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!! xx -Elsie
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- pre-primed white boards (6″ tall by 3/4″ wide)
- 4 four posts that are 2.5" x 2.5"
- wood screws
- power saw (jig saw, circular saw, or chop saw)
- Measure how wide you want the sides of your trash screen to be and cut 12 boards that width (you'll use 6 on each side)
- Measure how wide you want the front to be and cut 6 boards that width
- Attach posts with wood screws to each side of the 6 side boards so you have two side sections with the rails evenly spaced the height that you need
- Attach the front boards at the same spacing with wood screws
- Move into place and you're done!
Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.