How to hide your trash can – in 30 minutes…with no hardware, no concrete, and no glue! Seriously easy DIY project that really helps your curb appeal. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Freedom Outdoor Living. All opinions are 100% mine.
We spent all of 2015 working on the interior of our fixer upper house, and we barely touched the exterior. While we have a LOT to do, we’re slowly chipping away at our long “to do” list.
We’re working at upping the curb appeal of our home, and there was a certain eyesore smack dab in the front of our house. It’s directly to the left of the front door – our trash cans. Nothing like welcoming guests to our front door while they’re staring at our ugly trash cans, right? Ha!
I didn’t realize how easy it would be to make over this space!
How to hide your trash can
This is a sponsored post, but I needed you guys to know that this product is seriously simple to use, and I promise you can do it! So…I made a little video to share how we made it, and with a one and a two year old too:
So here’s the deal: there’s no glue, hardware or concrete involved in this project. We just used Connections Decorative Fencing‘s vinyl products (available at Lowe’s) and a hammer (they suggest a rubber mallet).
We used 4 3-tier post kits, 6 solid inserts, and 3 pattered inserts. We picked the herringbone pattern, but they actually have a few cute patterns to choose from.
We simply measured the correct distance, hammered the stakes halfway into the ground, slid the posts on top of them, and put the inserts into the grooved posts. I cannot tell you how simple it was! I was legitimately surprised – it took us just under 30 minutes from start to finish.
This is a much better solution for hiding our trash cans. Since we live in town, we have a lot of foot traffic that passes this part of our home daily.
I had thought a little fence would be nice “someday”, but it seemed so complicated with the thought of having to pour concrete. SO glad we found a way to get around that!
And now our guest’s view has been much improved when they come knocking on our front door!
My picks for other privacy screen options:
In case you can’t find this exact product in your store, there are plenty of options to buy similar product online! Here are my picks (affiliate links included)
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We’ll be sharing a LOT more exterior projects in the upcoming months! For now, come see how we edged our garden (it’s easy I promise!)
And all of my tips for how to refinish your porch/exterior steps:
I love the solid to block the eyesore of our trash cans!
Lisa keys says
My daughter could really use this for exact same project as yours and I would love it to hide the pool filter equipment. Thanks I will check it out at Lowes
I bet your daughter would love this, Lisa! And yes – perfect for hiding pool filter equipment 🙂
This is such a great idea! My husband always complains how awful the trash bins look on the side of the house but this would be a great fix! Thanks for sharing!
We waited 1.5 years to do this and I can’t believe we didn’t do it sooner – it really makes such a big difference in the front of our house!
Joyce Royse says
I would choose the herringbone pattern I
To hide my trash cans from street view.
Love the herringbone 🙂 Good luck Joyce!
Jenna smith says
I love this! Quick and easy! I like the circle pattern! And the herringbone!
Quick & easy for sure! And I allllmost picked the circle pattern too – it was a hard choice!
How does this attach? Do you have any issues with it blowing away in the wind?
They’re posts that go into the ground – no blowing away at all 🙂
What a great idea!
I like the look of the solid!
Danyelle H says
I like the Herringbone and I’d use it to hide my trash and recycling cans (such an eye sore)! What a great idea!
Harmony B says
this would be great to block the kiddoes from the bbq or hiding the trash cans.
Love the circle design
Melissa Teears says
I like the solid style. I need to redo the fence around my patio
Nice way to hide them. How accessible are the trash cans now? Is it hard to get to the ones in the back?
We just have to walk around the “fence” 🙂 Not hard!
Can you let me know exactly what the post are called that I need to get at Lowes? When I type in 3 tier post kit, I get a whole bunch of items.
Hey Lindsay! The links to the products are in the post – but here they are again 🙂 http://www.freedomproduct.com/product/connections/?utm_campaign=2016_launch&utm_medium=blog_program&utm_source=Izea
Charles Smithers says
i’ve researched Lowes. There are a few reviews that don’t feel the stakes are long enough. They recommend using 4′ rebar if short stakes is an issue.
Christina E says
Thank you very much for sharing your solution. This has really helped us.
This seems like a really good fix. I plan on using this idea to hide my traah cans and my ac unit. Are the post lost long enough? Thanks so much for sharing.
Hey! Loved the idea but I am unable to find products listed on the post. Is there any way you could send individual links for all three items?
The link in the post isn’t taking it us to the actual products.
Thanks a ton!
I’m sorry! That’s why I linked alternatives – mine are now a few years old and I don’t think they’re sold any longer 🙁
I so wish I could have bought this home 🤪 it is Beautiful!! Lol at that doorway!!! You should have showed us all the ugly so I wouldn’t have fallen in love with it!! Haha! 😜
Kathy Rogillio Birt says
Can you give me the exact supply list for the trashcan cover? I looked on Lowes website but can’t seem to tell what items you ordered for this project. Thanks!