Deck Privacy Screen From Repurposed Doors

When you want privacy while enjoying your backyard deck but building a pergola isn't an option, here's a budget-friendly way to build a deck privacy screen from repurposed doors. It's simple to build and doesn't require a water wall in the center, although I provide a link to step-by-step instructions for building one. It does make a lovely focal point in the conversation area of the deck.

Deck Privacy Screen Repurposed Doors

Deck Privacy Screen From Repurposed Doors


Deck Makeover - Project Nine 

Refreshing our outdoor living space on a beer budget!

At long last, the final DIY project of our Budget-Friendly Deck Makeover Series! Do you ever have those times when you have a vision for a project, it's moving full speed ahead, you're on schedule and then BAM life gets in the way and it comes to a screeching halt? Well, that pretty much summarizes this project. It was scheduled to share with you all two weeks ago.

I had a vision
we created the vision
went to install that vision.

It looked ridiculous
stuck out like a sore thumb
looked like it had dropped from the sky and landed haphazardly.

Then it rained
Mr. Frugalista was called out of town at the last minute
Kitty cats and guinea pigs needed to be fed in the big city
and back to square one with the installation plan.

What was supposed to be a quick and easy afternoon project turned into a couple of weekends? But it's done and I love it and hope you do too.


This is what the back side of the privacy screen looks like.


It all started with a couple of heavy wooden 23-inch bi-fold doors. They used to be in my booth at the antique mall and have been collecting dust in the basement since closing the booth last November. One morning while enjoying my morning java on the deck and feeling annoyed by the lack of privacy, I remembered those two bi-fold doors and the rest is history.


The doors were cut down to 73-inches using a skill saw and cutting guide to the same height as our DIY Water Wall. While I worked on another project, Mr. Frugalista spray stained the doors with Najavo White Behr Premium Exterior Wood Solid Stain, the same stain we used on our Adirondack Chairs, with the HVLP Gravity Feed Spray Gun that came with our 20-gallon compressor.


While enjoying a cold one on the deck between coats of stain a little visitor joined us.


Once the doors were dry we butt them up on both sides of our water wall and attached them on the bottom outer edge of the screen and the deck with 2 1/2 angle brackets, which were pre-painted with Rustoleum spray paint in the color Heirloom White, an almost perfect match to the Najavo stain color.

Deck Privacy Screen Support Bracket

Next, a piece of cedar 1 x 6 x 9 an across the span of both bi-folds and the water wall, secured from the top with 1 1/2-inch wood screws, with a 2-inch overhang on either end.


To add a simple decorative element a narrower cedar 1 x 4 x 8 was attached on top of that. The top trim was stained with Seafoam Green Behr Premium Exterior Wood Solid Stain, the same stain used on our Headboard Garden Bench.

Instructions for building the Water Wall can be found here in my post, DIY Outdoor Water Wall.


To dress up the backside I hung metal basket planters that I've had hanging in my back landing for over two decades. They have an oxidized finish which picks up the green nicely. It's hard to see the patina in the photo below because I took it with my phone.

I haven't decided whether I'll fill them with flowers next year or leave them just the way they are. My concern is they might be too heavy filled with moss and soil. My other concern is with regular watering the white screens will get stained and dirty. Maybe there's another option for them that I haven't thought of.

Deck Privacy Screen Metal Basket Planters |

On the front side of the deck privacy screen hang the DIY Solar Fence Lights and hanging from the water wall is the DIY Birdhouse Sign.


I love how the bi-fold doors create both a lovely feature wall on our deck and give us the privacy we've been longing for.


This isn't our first screen made from bi-fold doors, a few years ago we built a Louvered Door Garden Screen for our backyard to hide our woodpile and other unsightly piles of junk.

I couldn't help but chuckle when I noticed in the photo below that my DIY Whimsical Garden Kitty is peering through the fire bowl screen!


So what do you think of our idea for creating privacy on our backyard deck? Also, if you have any ideas for filling the metal basket planters on the back of the privacy screen, I'd love to hear them.

I've included a materials list below. It contains affiliate links for your convenience so you can see what products I used or recommend to make this project. I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you should you make a purchase. See my full disclosure policy.

What you will need

  • Wood Bi-Fold Doors (salvaged)
  • Najavo White (SC-157) Behr Premium Exterior Wood Solid Stain
  • Seafoam Green (SC-132) Behr Premium Exterior Wood Solid Stain
  • Drop Cloth/Tarp
  • Husky 20-Gallon Air Compressor (alternatives)
  • Pneumatic Husky HVLP Gravity Feed Spray Gun (alternatives)
  • Power Drill
  • 1 1/2-inch Wood Screws
  • 2 1/2-inch Angle Brackets x 2
  • 1 Cedar 1 x 6 Board
  • 1 Cedar 1 x 4 Board

Deck Privacy Screen

Deck Makeover Series Recap

Project One - DIY Birdhouse Sign
Project Two - Budget-Friendly Deck Restore
Project Three - Easy DIY Solar Fence Lights
Project Four - How To Stain A Super Easy DIY Outdoor Rug
Project Five - A Quick And Easy Way To Re-Stain Adirondack Chairs
Project Six - A Playful Headboard Garden Bench
Project Seven - How To Add Charm To Boring Outdoor Red Cushions
Project Eight - How To Create Whimsical DIY Garden Decor

Project Nine - Deck Privacy Screen From Repurposed Doors
Project Ten - The Reveal - coming at last!

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