How to Hide a Metal Post on a Wooden Gate

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When you've spent a lot of money, or time, erecting a wooden fence in your yard, you may be bothered by the smallest details that interfere with the look you want. If you had to install a metal post near the gate, it may interrupt the uniform wood look of the fence. A little creativity allows you to conceal that post using wood, paint or plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Metal post bracket
  • two-by-fours
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Spray paint primer
  • Spray paint
  • Plastic cover
  • Climbing plants
  • Create a wood enclosure for the metal post by wrapping a metal bracket around the post, and then secure two-by-fours in a square around the post using a drill and screws.

  • Paint the posts the color of the fence. Spray on a coat of spray primer; then spray the posts the desired color. If you go this route, cover the wood portions of the fence with plastic, paper or a drop cloth while you're spraying the posts, so you don't get paint on the wood.

  • Plant a vine or other plant that will grow in front of the fence post or climb around it. If you don't mind the rest of your fence being used as a trellis, plant a clinging-type vine such as Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 10, or Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata), hardy in USDA zones 4 through 8. Both will cling to nearly any surface -- including your metal posts and the wood portions of your gate -- so you may have to do some training and pruning to get it to grow where you want. Another option is to place a planter or urn in front of the post with an upright, spiky plant such as Mother-in-law's tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata), hardy from USDA hardiness zones 10 to 12, or arborvitae (Platycladus orientalis), hardy from USDA zones 6 to 10.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you use ivy or other plants with invasive potential, keep an eye on them to make sure they don't spread to areas where you don't want them.

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