Freshen your fence

You can make an old fence look brand new just by replacing damaged palings, giving it a fresh coat of paint or adding some plants. Check out these easy ways to give your fence a fresh look.

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Quick fix

The first thing you’ll want to do is replace any old or broken palings. This is simple to do and shouldn’t take up much time. Check out our step-by-step video for some tips.

Give your fence a clean start

Once you’ve replaced any damaged pickets, give your fence a thorough clean. A high pressure water cleaner will make this part easier. When it has dried, give it a quick once-over with a wire brush, then you’ll be ready to start painting.

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Brush up on your painting skills

You can use a paint brush, a roller or a spray gun to paint your fence, it just depends on your time-frame and your budget. View our D.I.Y. video on how to spray paint a picket fence if you’d like to follow our instructions.

Close up on a bed of flowers at the bottom of a wooden fence

Add a splash of colour

Another way to freshen up your fence is to add some colour to the surrounding area. You could do this by planting some potted colour, native flowers or succulents. Another way to liven up this area is with some pebbles, tanbark or even a raised garden bed. As your plants grow, they’ll make the space feel colourful and alive.

For more great ways to freshen up your outdoors this spring, visit our D.I.Y. Advice section or pop in to your local Bunnings.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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