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Australia’s best D.I.Y. projects of 2023

Community Manager
Community Manager

Inspiring kitchen, bathroom and garden makeovers are among the winners of this year’s search for Australia’s best D.I.Y. projects of the year.


Our expert judging panel (which included Workshop community D.I.Y. wizard Mitch Mclean) faced an incredibly difficult challenge selecting winners this year given the high quality of projects submitted.


We loved how many projects were not only highly creative but also budget-savvy and very achievable for other community members to replicate in their own homes.  


All projects can be found on our gallery so you can continue to get inspiration from the clever and creative projects shared.


Congratulations to the following winners. You can read more in the September issue of the Bunnings magazine which is out today.


Best bathroom or laundry makeover

Mediterranean farmhouse laundry renoMediterranean farmhouse laundry reno


Mediterranean farmhouse laundry reno


A complete laundry renovation using Kaboodle cabinetry, VJ panelling and a European Oak benchtop by Kendall (@kendallmac). The shelf with hanging rack is a particularly useful addition, while the striking floor is reclaimed European roof tiles.  


Best kitchen makeover


Rustic farmhouse kitchen renovation


A comprehensive kitchen renovation, transforming a dark and cluttered kitchen into a bright and airy workspace with a lot more room for food preparation. Helena (@helsbren) did much of the work herself, including demolition, tiling and cladding the rangehood.   


Best paint project


Kids bedroom with reading nook and desk


Cleverly using wallpaper with MDF wainscotting and blue “Vintage Denim” paint, this kids bedroom is stylish and sophisticated. Amy (@TheSparrowHome) created the feature wall and reading nook for her seven-year-old son as part of a larger renovation project.   


Best small project


D.I.Y. timber side tableD.I.Y. timber side table

D.I.Y. timber side table


Taking less than an hour to build, this simple yet stylish side table by Samantha (@sammilne) was constructed using timber panels. The table was sealed with Cabot’s Cabothane Clear, showcasing the timber’s natural beauty.  


Best upcycling makeover


Upcycled cabinet into bathroom vanity


A large varnished cabinet was upcycled and repurposed as a bathroom vanity with new quartz stone top and dual basins by Claire and Derek (@Renowayoflife). Claire even made the drawer pulls from dowel and copper plumbing tees and then painted them in bronze.


Best community project


Upcycling furniture for women's shelter


Bunnings Workshop community member Jemma (@jemma11) upcycled over 100 pieces of furniture, art and homewares for a local women’s shelter. Colour choices and the overall design scheme were designed to lift the mood.


Best outdoor project


Courtyard garden makeoverCourtyard garden makeover

Courtyard garden makeover


A formerly unused space was transformed into a modern, Japanese-inspired garden by Claire and Deon (@homeforeverhome). The Maple tree is a beautiful feature and the project also included adding James Hardie cladding and spray painting the window frames.


Congratulations to all community members


Congratulations to all Bunnings Workshop members who submitted a project. You should be proud of what you have achieved and we thank you for helping to inspire other members to take on new D.I.Y. projects.


We certainly understand it can sometimes feel a little intimidating to share your work publicly, but we’re confident you have found Workshop to be an incredibly encouraging and supportive community. Please don’t hesitate to hit the Share a project button whenever you have a new project to share with us. We’re looking forward to seeing what you can achieve around your home and garden.


Thanks also to the supporters of the project search this year: British Paints, Dulux, 3M Scotch Blue and Safety Brands. We appreciate your support of the Workshop community and encouraging people to have a go at their own home improvement projects.

7 Replies
Retired Team Member
Retired Team Member

My heartfelt congratulations to all Bunnings Workshop community members. It was so inspiring to see the flood of creative D.I.Y. projects shared during D.I.Y. July this year. We appreciate you taking the time to share your projects, stories and D.I.Y. know-how. 

Looking forward to see what our talented Workshop members achieve next! 



Kind of a Big Deal

This is wonderful and congratulations to you all !! Please keep sharing your amazing projects big or small as it helps to give inspiration to anyone who wants to have a go at doing their own DIY at home and also brilliant for beginners to learn new skills and build confidence. Absolutely love our Workshop Community !! THANK YOU 😊 🥰

Having an Impact

A big thank you for all your support - we’re thrilled our humble little farmhouse laundry has been acknowledged in this way. Definitely an achievable project for anyone who wants to give it a go!

Home Improvement Guru

To All

Woohooo Congratulations to the winners. The competition actually made me more focused on projects and when you see the quality of them, FAR OUT! Something to live up to for sure. Definently it has inspired me and I really had fun entering the competition :smile:



Having an Impact

Thrilled to have won the Community Project category! It was such an amazing experience working on the pieces, so much support and community involvement.  I hope we made a small difference to the women who utilise the shelter. 

Having an Impact

Well done to all the winners! Your projects are truly inspiring and I can't wait to what everyone creates next. A big congrats to all the awesome Bunnings Workshop members who rocked their project submissions too. Give yourselves a pat on the back for your fantastic achievements. 


Kudos, superstars!




Having an Impact

Congratulations to the winners 👏🏻 Cheers!!

Pretty sure it would have been tough for the jury to select, amazing work, I feel every entry deserves an applause 🫶🏻 love to be part of this community so inspiring ☺️

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