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7 ways to refresh a fence

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A fence can make for an attractive feature in your garden or backyard while adding privacy and security to your home.

From painting to adding decorative panels, Bunnings Workshop members have shared many ways to enliven different types of fences. 

Get inspired by some examples below.


1. Use living screening

Climbers can be used to create beautiful living screening over plain fences. In this popular project, Roy (@royq) used Star Jasmine and cable to train the plant to cover their fence.


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Experienced Workshop member and horticulturalist Adam (@Adam_W) shares tips on choosing a screening plant.


2. Paint  

Give your dated fence a new look using paint. Workshop member @KingStreetReno used a spray gun to paint their old fence, saving hours and ensuring clean up was easy.


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Have a look at these easy fence painting makeovers for more inspiration.


3. Use screen panels


Showcase your personal style by using decorative panels that can give your fence a unique design. Rufaro (@diy_hausdesigns) refreshed a dated fence by building an eye-catching screening using Matrix screen panels and Merbau decking.


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Check out more screening ideas in Top 10 most popular screening projects.


4. Create a vertical garden

Make the most of your fence by using it to grow a vertical garden. Member KingStreetReno also used a vertical garden kit to create a herb garden along their fence.


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5 ways to create a vertical garden contains more creative ideas.


5. Clad with another material

Attaching another material to your fence is a great way to dramatically transform its look. Pete (@ProjectPetefixed timber to an existing Colorbond fence, creating a rustic effect.


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The Bunnings guide Give your old fence a quick makeover contains more useful information.

6. Add planter boxes

Add character to your fence by incorporating planter boxes in the design. John (@John44) used planter boxes and raised garden beds to turn his fence into a stylish outdoor feature.


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Don’t miss the Top 10 most popular raised garden beds and planter box projects shared on Workshop.

7. Extend your fence 


Create extra privacy in your outdoor space by adding a fence extension. Get inspired by @Shannon, who added panels to extend the height of his fence using a modular design that can be removed for maintenance.




Experienced renovator Pete shares step-by-step instructions on How to add an extension to a Colorbond fence.

More advice and inspiration for dressing up your fence

Have a look at the Bunnings guide How to dress up a fence for useful advice.

For more inspiration, you can also check out these Top 10 most popular fence projects shared on Workshop.

If you need more assistance with your fence project, don’t hesitate to ask a question. The Bunnings Workshop community is here to help.


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