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Top 10 Workshop projects of 2019

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When you need inspiration, motivation or advice for a project around the house and garden, the Workshop community will be here to help.


Our amazing members have shared many clever and creative projects this year, and we thank all Workshop members who have shared their experiences and the results of their hard work.


The good news is that most of this year’s most popular projects are not only very affordable, they are also quick and easy to achieve. It's no wonder so many Workshop members and visitors to the site have been inspired. 


Top Workshop projects of 2019


The most popular Workshop projects shared (by pageviews) in 2019 were:


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1. Screening to hide hot water systems by @ProjectPete 


Need to screen an ugly hot water system or something else around your house? Take some inspiration from leading Workshop member Pete and use some screening panels and a plant like a climbing ficus.


2. Planter boxes by @LePallet 


These two 2.5m planter boxes by experienced woodworker Rylie were fitted over an existing garden bed and lined with builders plastic reading for planting. 


3. D.I.Y. artificial plant wall by @Nikkaz 


Workshop member Nikkaz had just created a wonderful outdoor entertaining area, but needed to do something with a boring brick wall. He created a striking feature using a mesh panel, some cable ties and Un-real artificial hedging. 


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4. D.I.Y. portable bike stand by @Tara86 


Workshop member Tara created a wonderful portable bike stand on castors so she could quickly and easily move them around. After receiving plaudits and requests from members wanting to build something similar, Tara generously shared step-by-step instructions on how to replicate the project.


5. Timber wall panelling by @ProjectPete 


Pete’s horizontal shiplap in his new home’s entry has been much admired, and helped kick off a popular discussion about using timber panels in other areas of the house.


6. Laundry wall makeover by @Nkbarfield 


For less than $250, new Workshop member Nkbarfield added industrial-look hanging clothes rails and fantastic floating cube storage to their laundry.


7. Outdoor bench seats and planter boxes by @Poppop 

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Prolific Workshop contributor Poppop has shared many wonderful creations using 1.8m x 100mm Bunnings fence palings. These outdoor bench seats and planter boxes have been hugely popular.


8. Fence makeover by @Nikkaz 


It’s simple to transform your backyard with a spray gun, as many Workshop members have shown. Nikkaz used the very popular Dulux colour Monument, which helps to make nearby greenery really pop.


9. Merbau feature wall with vertical garden by @weekenddiyer 


New Workshop member fairbaba created screening for a water tank that doubles as an attractive outdoor kitchen with built-in vertical garden. A brilliant result completed over a single weekend by a self-confessed “newbie” to D.I.Y projects.


10. D.I.Y. fire pit by @cadsman 

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New Workshop member cadsman says his grandkids love toasting marshmallows on this custom fire pit. You might like to follow these step-by-step directions to build your own fire pit.



More project inspiration


Older projects have also continued to be extremely popular throughout the year. Some of the most-viewed older projects on Workshop included:





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Most popular discussions of the year

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Don’t hesitate to hit the Start a discussion button on Workshop if you need a hand with your project. We have members sharing helpful advice on the site every day.


Some of the most popular discussions on Workshop this year have included:








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Top Workshop members of 2019


A special shout-out to the top contributors of the year.


These are the members who received the most likes for their posts in 2019:

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1. @ProjectPete 


2. @redracer01 


3. @gippslandhome 


4. @Brad 


5. @LePallet 


6. @Tara86 


7. @Mathy 


8. @Yorky88 


9. @TheSaltyreefer 


10. @Adam_W


Thanks again to all those who contributed to the success of the Workshop community this year. We are looking forward to big things in the new year ahead. 

2 Replies
Kind of a Big Deal

Great year all round for me and glad I got to share some of it with all of you good people! Looking forward to a massive 2020!

Becoming a Leader

A huge congratulations to all the community members in 2019. I know I learnt so much and had an absolute blast looking at all your projects.


But I have to say a huge thank you to @Jason for the immense amount of work and tireless efforts in making this community a huge success.


Looking forward to an awesome 2020


All the best everyone


😁👍 Regards Rob

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