Two years ago my husband and I recently moved to Texas and bought a home that has an existing chain-link fence around the back yard. The good news is we have a dog and the fence contains him in our yard, but the bad news is -- we have an unattractive grey chain-link fence!
Recently I decided there has to be a way to either "hide" the fence or make it more attractive. My computer experience came in handy and after a few hours of research I found many choices for beautifying and hiding a chain-link fence.
One option is to paint the fence. Your local home and garden center sells paint specifically for galvanized fencing and comes in four or five colors. To paint the chain-link portion of the fence, my husband and I were on each side of the fence and rolled the paint on with a thick roller. It was easier and less time consuming that I thought. We used a small paint sprayer to spray the posts and top rail. Now the fence is "camouflaged" and you don't focus on the fence as much as you do looking through and beyond the fence.
The second option is to hide your fence with plants, specifically, vines. Here are some things to consider when selecting vines:
Ilene Healey, Smith County Master Gardener
Texas AgriLife Extension Service