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Time For A New Fence? 3 Great Ways To Breathe New Life Into Your Old Wood

It's time to replace your existing wood fence. Have you thought about what you're going to do with the old wood? Before you haul it off to the local dump, you might want to consider some other useful options. Local landfills are filled with old wood that could have been put to use for other projects. Here are just a few of the projects that can help you breathe new life into your old fencing.

Donate It

If your wood fencing is still in good condition, you might be able to donate it to a local charity. Many charitable organizations that build homes for needy families rely on donated building supplies. Your old wood fence could be refurbished and used for someone else's home.

Turn It into Garden Fencing

Take a look at your fencing. Wood fencing can be cut down and used to create smaller garden fencing. For instance, 6' pieces of wood fencing can be cut in half to create 3' pieces of fencing that can be used to fence in a vegetable garden. Those fence slats can also be cut down to create decorative edging for sidewalks and pathways.

Decorate with It

If you enjoy doing home crafts, those fence slats can be turned into creative craft projects. Here's a quick way to turn a fence slat into a decorative family photo display.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Wood slats
  • Hand saw
  • Electric sander
  • Laser print copies of family photos
  • Sponge paint brushes
  • High gloss decoupage medium
  • Small bowl
  • Sponge
  • Water


  1. Use your hand saw to cut your wood slats to your desired size.
  2. Sand the entire surface of your wood slats with the electric sander.
  3. Using your sponge paint brush, apply a thick layer of decoupage medium to the front of one wood slat.
  4. Lay a laser print copy of a family photo face down on the decoupage medium.
  5. Smooth the photo with your hand to remove any air bubbles.
  6. Allow the photograph to dry overnight.
  7. Fill a bowl with warm water.
  8. Get your sponge wet and use it to wet the surface of the photograph.
  9. Carefully rub the surface of the photograph to remove the loose paper.
  10. Continue moistening the paper until the white of the paper is removed and the photograph is showing through.
  11. Allow the photograph to dry for several hours.
  12. Apply a thick layer of decoupage medium to the surface of the photograph.
  13. You now have a beautiful wood photograph display.

Now that it's time to replace your fence, take advantage of the old wood you're going to have left over. These simple projects will keep your old fence out of the landfill and give you creative ways to reuse it. If you need a new fence put in, visit Gatlin Fence Company.