Bye Bye, Boring White Fence

I have this 5 foot tall, WHITE chain link fence in my yard, with WHITE slats. It’s doing a great job at providing the much needed privacy every suburban yard craves. But. It’s white. Very white.

Although I was the one to choose the colour ten years ago, and it makes for a bright yard, which I enjoy, I’ve come to find the whiteness of it a little overwhelming, so I’ve set out to make things more interesting.

Birdhouses on white chain link fence

Since the fence is working well, as I said, and it’s in great shape, I decided to dress it up, in three ways:

  • Boxwood: the charming foliage of these cute shrubs remind Frank and I of vegetation we saw in our trip to Italy. I’ve planted them all along the foot of the fence.
  • Honeysuckle: I love creeping vines and haven’t dared to start any on my vinyl-sided house, but the chain links are a natural support for them, so I’m planting yellow and mandarin honeysuckle all along the fence.
  • Birdhouses: Those make for nice little punches of colour.

The boxwood and honeysuckle will grow fuller over the years. As for the birdhouses, so far I have four, and I plan to add more over time, buying a new one every now and then throughout the summer (and summers to come).

Blue and light green birdhouses, white fence Green and purple birdhouses, honeysuckle

Installing the birdhouses on the fence

I’ve bought the majority of the bird houses at Dollarama, for around $3 each, and painted them with craft paint (acrylic) in various colours. Not being a super pro at renos, I’ve hacked my way through a simple installation:

  • Drill 2 sets of 2 holes at the back of each house (one set higher up, the other farther down). I don’t have much experience with drills, but this was fairly easy to accomplish, since the wood is thin and precision isn’t required. Just be careful not to crack it.
  • Slide a zip tie through each set of holes, in and out. This was tricky with some houses, since I had shorter zip ties, which made it harder to get my fingers in there to guide the zip ties back out. Use longer ties to eschew the problem. 😉
  • Attach the zip ties to the chain links. Zip ’em! Using two ties helps with stability. A little wiggle is fine; birds are used to swaying trees anyway.

Colored Birdhouses, chain link mesh fence

My aim was to make the fence pretty, but as an added bonus, we currently have mini tourists living in the green bird house, so I’m quite smitten. We didn’t get to see the eggs, since the hole is full to the brim of twigs, but now the peeps are chirping like crazy. I’ve yet to identify the species… the mommy is a very small all-brown bird. Maybe a type of tit?

Speaking of baby birds, I’ve instagram’ed those, but we’ve also had a blackbird’s nest in the nearby cedar. Those eggs are an awesome colour, and we got to see the babies! They lived there for a few days. Our kids (all the neighbourhood kids, actually) were captivated. Look at this hungry little fraggle-rock head! LoL

blackbird eggs Hungry baby blackbird

Have a nice week!

Birdhouses, white fence

 

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