Recycling Ideas for Old Fences

Recycling ArrowsCongratulations! You’ve replaced your old, worn out, damaged wooden fence with a beautiful brand new fence that will be the envy of all of your neighbors. Perhaps you’ve even chosen to erect one of our long-lasting Northern White Cedar fences.

Of course, now you have a new problem. You’ve got a big pile of scrap lumber to contend with, courtesy of your old fence.

Of course, you could just burn the wood or haul it off to the dump. However, if you’re interested in going green we’d like to present you with some alternatives for using that wood in other ways.

To do any of these projects you’d have to be somewhat handy, adept with hammer and nails. These are good projects for people who have fun working on DIY projects – they won’t help you much if you absolutely despise the idea of working with tools of any kind.

In order to do this you’ll have to find the pieces of wood that are still good and strong. You will also need to have an appreciation for the aged, vintage look the wood can provide. Many of your options will depend on how much of that wood is actually salvageable.

While the older wood may not look too attractive surrounding your entire yard it could make some very pretty accent pieces. Think planter boxes, bird houses, or benches for your landscaping.

You can put the vintage look to work for your indoors too. For example, you can use the wood to make vintage picture frames, step stools, or shelving units.

If you just don’t like the look of the wood at all you can use it for projects where appearance doesn’t matter much. Cut some of it up to create garden stakes or extra tent stakes for your next camping trip.

Any of these projects could offer you something fun to do with the kids too. After all, it won’t matter much if your child messes up scrap wood while trying to produce a bird feeder. Bust out the paint and you’ve got the makings of a very fun afternoon.

Projects like this make great low-cost gifts that kids can give away to family members for birthday or Christmas too.

If you haven’t replaced your old wood fence then it may be time to think about getting it done. We’ve helped many homeowners in Bayside, Glendale, Shorewood and the rest of the Milwaukee metro area do the same. Just call us today for a free estimate!

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