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Top 10 most popular fence projects

Community Manager
Community Manager



A fence can provide important privacy and security to your home and doesn’t have to look drab. You can transform a dull fence into an attractive feature of your garden. 


Let our Workshop community members inspire you to revamp or replace your fence with these fantastic projects.


Here’s our top 10 most popular fence projects on Workshop by pageviews:

Using climbers to enliven a Colorbond fenceUsing climbers to enliven a Colorbond fence


1. Climbers to dress up Colorbond fence by @royq


A wonderful idea to enliven any fence, this simple project uses Star Jasmine and cable to train the plant to cover the area. Many members have been inspired to replicate the project, sharing photos of their own fences. 


2. Screening to hide hot water systems by @ProjectPete 


This quick and easy project uses pre-made screening panels from Bunnings and a fast-growing climbing ficus to hide hot water systems from backyard view. 


3. Fence makeover by @KingStreetReno


Spray painting the fence with the ever-popular Dulux Domino in this Victorian cottage’s courtyard made the space immediately much more appealing. It also makes the nearby plants look spectacular.

Courtyard fence makeoverCourtyard fence makeover


4. Garden bed front fence by @timjeffries


This brilliant project not only provides Tim the security of knowing his kids can’t easily run onto the road, but also provides space to grow food and build connections with neighbours.  “I think they’re functional, beautiful and build a bridge between our house and the street. They connect us with people who walk past around food which is something that unites us all.”


5. Backyard fence makeover by @Jason


When you repair sections of an old fence, the new palings really stand out against those that have weathered over the years. This makeover utilised a Dulux RapidFinish spray gun to dramatically improve the fence and provide an attractive backdrop for new garden planting. Merbau decking boards were also used to increase the height of the fence to comply with pool fencing requirements. 


6. Grape tin vertical herb garden by @kaylah_rose 


Vertical gardens are a fantastic way to enliven an otherwise dreary fence. Workshop member Kay cleverly used vintage grape tins to grow herbs such as thyme, basil, mint, parsely, sage and oregano and make a quick and easy garden feature.


7. Vertical garden with built-in watering system by @kel 


Kel's stunning vertical gardenKel's stunning vertical garden

Another fantastic example of using a vertical garden to transform a fence. Workshop member Judy used sleepers for the frame and rough sawn treated pine for the flower boxes before adding a watering system. 


8. Raised garden beds by @John44


Workshop member John cleverly turned a fence into a wonderful backyard feature by incorporating raised garden beds into the design. He even considered seating to provide an even more welcoming environment for all to enjoy.


9. Fence makeover by @Nikkaz 


Utilising the easy-to-use Dulux RapidFinish spray gun to paint in Monument grey, Nikkaz transformed the fence and provided a dramatic backdrop for planting rows of lily pilly in a subsequent garden makeover.  


10. Fence makeover for the pool area by @ProjectPete


Colourbond fencing can be a little dull, so Pete decided to clad his fence in Marri wood. The end result is absolutely spectacular and gives a real warmth to the poolside area.



More fence inspiration for your home


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More popular vertical gardens


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Creative uses for fence palings


Workshop members also often repurpose fence palings for other creative uses, such as raised garden beds, feature walls, barn doors, planter boxes, furniture, backyard decorations and kids projects


Help with your fence project


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Last updated: October 2020

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Trusted Contributor

Nearly finished planning my next fence project for my new pool area @Jason. Just prioritising my works to finish my outdoor spaces off. Looking forward to sharing 😀

Established Contributor

Ohh, our back fence (onto public land) is one of my long standing to-do's.

The problem has always been that, according to Council rulings, it has to be "50% see through".  Whatever that means, there are no examples or definition.


Its current dilapidated state is horizontal spaced slats, so we'll probably keep the round wooden posts, providing they are solid enough, and move those to vertical decking boards at some point in time.  


But now its on the "to-do after reno" list.  So a problem for another time.  :laugh:

Community Manager
Community Manager

It's been great to update this very popular article as there's been so many fantastic fencing and screening projects shared by Bunnings Workshop community members lately, as well as inspiring vertical gardens. 


Thanks so much to all those who have shared projects with the community, and a special congratulations to those who are in the Top 10! 


If you'd like to tackle your own fence project, please let us know. We're here to help.




Trusted Contributor

I've got another fence project in the works using Merbau screening panels in a pool/entertaining area - looking forward to sharing that @Jason . It's the perfect time to tick these fencing projects off before we're spending more time outdoors this Spring/Summer.

Budding Browser

Hi all I want to build a front fence using bricks and slats. Plan to do all labor myself. Have seen slats at Bunnings that can be screwed in after brick is constructed. Width is 15.24m height 1.5m and hope to find a remote style double gate 🙂

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @CherylBre. It's great to have you join us and many thanks for sharing details of your project.


We look forward to hearing more about your fence project and offering assistance if you have any questions. Please let us know if there is something you need assistance with and I'm sure our helpful members will have plenty of fantastic advice.




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