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Gazebo glow up

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Gazebo glow up

This gazebo was built 10-15 years ago and had lattice sidings that were rotting, and were built far too high that you couldn't see out while sitting. It was super dark inside, the vines had overgrown the structure and had become and eye-sore, so we decided to bring it back to life! 


- Timber for new balustrade  

- Paint: Taubman's Exterior White

- Paint brushes / Ozito spray gun

- Coveralls

-  Dropsheets 

- Lytworx Weatherproof / Solarpowered festoon lights


- Dropsaw / Circular saw 

- Air compressor 

- Nails / Hammer / Nailgun

- Spack filler

- Paint brushes / spray gun 

- Scaffold 


Step 1



Remove sidings and brace existing structure. Measure and cut / mitre lengths for top and bottom edges, and individual railings. Keep in mind Australian standards for minimum heights for child safety. 

Step 2



Using a nail gun, slowly assemble the rails using packers beneath to make sure evenly placed / centred. 

Step 3



Place each railing in their new spot, and reinforce the structure at the beams so super strong to lean on.  

Step 4



Spack fill the nail holes, let dry, sand back and dust off before painting. 

Step 5



We gave everything a good clean with the water blaster and let it dry for a week before sealing. This ensured the paint was going onto a totally clean surface (free from the grime that had built up on ours over the years). 

Step 6



We carefully painted the beams on our vaulted ceiling as we wanted the height of our structure to 'pop'. This took 3 weekends and requires a steady hand (or a lot of masking). 

Step 7



To make light work of the balustrade, we used a spray gun. We wore coveralls and chose a non-windy day to minimise drift. We tried for 2-3 coats. 

Step 8



Make sure you have the right things to stand on, and have a lot more paint than you think! Two coats requires a big big bucket! 




We used a scaffold to reach the heights of our vaulted ceiling, and a tiny small brush to get in between the joins. It was a labour of love! 

Step 9



We installed our festoon lights with tack nails, a hammer and hung them on an angle which really added to the 'festive' feeling in the space. It also made the beams glow and made the cables look pretty and not obvious hanging directly in front of the beams. 

Amassing an Audience

Re: Gazebo glow up

Welcome to Workshop @annacleone and thank you for your entry into DIY July completion. This turned out amazing! What a transformation! I bet you are very happy with it! Thank you also for sharing the steps. Great work! 

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Bunnings Team Member

Re: Gazebo glow up

Hello @annacleone 


Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. It's wonderful to have you join us, and thank you for sharing your gazebo glow up project.


What a beautiful transformation, the new timber rails and white paint have really made your gazebo pop. You know that it is a successful revamp when your pup claims it as their new home. 


Again, thank you for sharing such a fantastic project.




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Re: Gazebo glow up

Good Morning @annacleone 

Now that is an improvement! A very nice way of bringing something back to life :smile: I like how you have painted the trusses white and also hung the lights off them. Would be a magical place in the evening! The question is "Do you have a party to open the new structure"? :smile: I am always tempted to say yes!



Building a Reputation

Re: Gazebo glow up

Thanks Eric! It was such a worthwhile 3 weekends putting some love into the old structure! Truly needed it! So glad you like :smile: 

Building a Reputation

Re: Gazebo glow up

Party indeed! We're getting married at our place in 2 months so it will certainly be used as a feature for the big day now! So glad you like how we revamped the old one - definitely more inviting now! :smile:

Re: Gazebo glow up

Thanks so much - it was the perfect project to tackle for DIY July - and we literally bought everything we needed from Bunnings! 

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