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10 easy ways to enliven your outdoor space

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Whether it’s a neglected garden, an unsightly backyard or a tired deck, balcony or fire pit area, Bunnings Workshop members have transformed many outdoor spaces to make them more inviting.

Below are some quick and easy ideas from members for inspiration. Please let us know if we can assist with your outdoor project. We'd love to help.


1. Train climbers to screen your fence

Workshop member @royq used Star Jasmine and cable to train the plant to cover their fence. A simple yet effective way to add greenery and enliven a boring fence.

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For tips on how to train climbing plants, check out this guide on How to create privacy by planting.

2. Add an outdoor bench seat

Workshop member @sandy_d's easy and attractive corner makeover included a bench seat made using Besser blocks and a concrete planter. A stylish and functional addition that made her backyard more inviting.


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For anyone looking to replicate this project, check out this step-by-step guide on how to build a Besser block bench seat.

3. Build a screen to hide unsightly views

In this quick and easy project, Workshop member @ProjectPete used pre-made screening panels from Bunnings and a fast-growing climbing Ficus to hide his unsightly hot water systems from backyard view. 


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Don't miss these 10 screening ideas for outdoor areas for more inspiration on building an outdoor screen. 

4. Paint your fence

Painting a fence can quickly and easily improve the appearance of your garden for a relatively low price. Workshop member @KingStreetReno used a spray gun to paint their old fence, saving hours and ensuring clean up was easy.


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You can find more ways to enliven your fence in this list of easy fence makeovers shared by Bunnings Workshop members.


5. Build a vertical garden

A vertical garden can provide greenery and colour to enliven a drab location and provide plenty of growing space, even in compact areas. Workshop member @Karl1’s easy vertical garden project features a reo mesh and a copper garden border, giving new life to a damaged outdoor wall.


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For more inspiring vertical garden projects, check out 5 ways to create a vertical garden.

6. Install outdoor lighting

Not only are festoon lights energy efficient, they're also affordable and easy to install. Workshop member @weekenddiyer enhanced their backyard area by installing festoon lights. A low-cost outdoor transformation that added ambience to alfresco dining.


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The Bunnings team has shared a step-by-step guide on how to hang festoon lights for anyone looking to hang these lights in their home.  

7. Add seats around your fire pit

Workshop member @raymond265’s bench seats with built-in planter boxes are easy to build, and a perfect way to make a fire pit area more relaxing and inviting.  


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If you're interested in building your own fire pit area, check out these fire pit entertaining areas shared by Bunnings Workshop members for inspiration.

8. Extend your fence

Looking for extra privacy, Workshop member @Shannon added panels to extend the height of his fence using a modular design that can be removed for easier maintenance. 


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Experienced Workshop member ProjectPete shows you how to add an extension to a Colorbond fence in this step-by-step guide.

9. Build an outdoor feature wall

Wanting to spruce up their decked alfresco area, Workshop member @Nikkaz turned a bland wall into an eye-catching feature with this easy-to-build artificial plant wall.



An artificial plant wall can offer a low-maintenance touch of greenery in any space. Create your own with this step-by-step guide: How to build a plant wall feature.

10. Build a cover for your air conditioning unit

Air conditioning units are a common eyesore on apartment balconies. Workshop member @DoSimpleBetter fixed this problem by building an air conditioning cover that also doubles as a handy table for barbecuing.


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Our collection of Top 10 most popular screening projects contains more inspiring ideas to cover other eyesores, including bins.

More inspiration for your outdoor areas

Bunnings Workshop community members have shared many other amazing projects that you can use as inspiration when renovating your outdoor areas.

Our collection of top 10 most popular outdoor projects is a great place to start. If you are looking to tackle something more specific, check out these inspiring collections:



Need more help with your outdoor project?

The Bunnings Workshop community can assist with further inspiration and advice for renovating your outdoor area. 


Please don’t hesitate to head to hit the Start a discussion button on Workshop and tell us what you would like to achieve. We’re here to help.


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