Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @Melodie. It's terrific to have you join us, and many thanks for sharing your project.
What a corker of a deck! Those posts are amazing, and I love that you've incorporated them. As you've mentioned, working with finished timber would have been easier, but you wouldn't have achieved the same results. You've done a splendid job, and I trust you are really proud of your efforts.
Thanks for sharing once again, and I can't wait to see your next project.