New garden shed pallet gate and boardwalk – in 1 hour!
Lest you think I’ll never stop playing with pallets, you are probably right. Thing is, I was creating with pallets before they became ‘a thing.’ And since I had 2 on hand and the garden shed needed work pronto, this happened in a matter of about an hour.
It’s a new garden shed pallet gate and boardwalk – in 1 hour! Aren’t they perfectly cute?
Here’s how I did it!
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New garden shed pallet gate and boardwalk
Welcome to my little rustic garden shed out back. Along with the overgrown plants, weeds and deteriorated little garden walkway made from a pallet that was rotten to the core.
After I came home from Maui, it was a little depressing to sit in our yard trying to keep this Hawaiian tan going. When you come from tropical lush gardens that are watered every night and trimmed every day with everything blooming and fragrant in sight, you’re in for a shock once you plant your feet in your own yard!
Time to clean up!
I could have sworn the yard looked nice before we left. But I guess everything grew like mad, because I’ve been pruning trees and bushes and kicking up a weeding frenzy since returning!
While I tan. And THIS is why we need to fly away to a vacation! Who can just sit at home? Obviously, not me.
Choose a long pallet for a walkway
So when I came to that sad shed walkway in front of the compost pile, I removed it to weed under it, but it was so rotten it broke.
For those that ask how pallets last outdoors, they don’t last forever. But I don’t worry about it because pallets are generally free to pick up and easy to replace.
Or if you wished for the pallet to last a long time, you can always seal it with outdoor wood protection.
Would you like to make sure your pallet wood is safe to use first? Ready HOW HERE.
How-to make a pallet boardwalk / garden walkway
- Clean out area you wish to place the pallet boardwalk, pulling all weeds from underneath.
- Place landscape fabric in the area if you wish to stop the weed growth completely.
- Sand pallet with a palm sander to remove any splinters.
- Protect pallet wood if desired.
- Position the pallet into place.
- Add one sloping board if you desire wheelbarrow access.
Easy! A long pallet like this would also make a fabulous front step for a shed too!
How to make a pallet garden gate
Once the new boardwalk was in place, I turned around towards the boneyard, and spotted another pallet. After holding it up to the space, the pallet was the perfect size to create a garden gate to hide the mess behind the shed! Perfect!
- Gathering up 1 couple of hinges, here’s how it went up:
- Select a pallet of the desired size for your garden gate.
- Attach 2 gate hinges along one side of the pallet.
- Screw the hinges to the shed so the gate can open and close.
I placed a block of wood under the pallet to give it some height so it would clear the pallet walkway.
Isn’t it the cutest?! Of course, adding wired outdoor lanterns that actually light up would be the bomb!
You could either purchase wired ones meant for outdoor use or place some solar lights inside collected rusty junk lanterns for added ambiance!
Take the garden tour
After the garden gate and walkway improvements, I did a little more clean up around the garden shed too. Here’s a tour…
The red geraniums and alyssum are growing beautifully, planted inside the long pallet crate on the side of the shed! I love how the alyssum spills over and offers the most gentlest of fragrance as well.
All the flowers are fertilized about once a week to keep them continually blooming.
Garden art lanterns
A few rusty lanterns were added to the pallet wood garden gate for garden art!
This lantern was screwed to the top of the gate and more were hung from the gate itself.
I love collecting old rusty lanterns! They make the best garden art because the rustier they get, the better they look.
There will be a HUGE grape harvest this fall. Especially since I allowed the grapes to grow all over the front of the shed. 🙂
Using the garden shed as a grapevine trellis always adds so much charm and a pretty focal point to the backyard garden area.
Keep growing my little grapevine! You’re doing awesome!
The new garden shed pallet gate and boardwalk just really made an impact in the yard as a whole.
Before this little renovation took place, I was having a big ‘ol pity party over the dustbowl styled flowerbeds and spotty looking lawn. The yard just needed more charm without becoming more work, know what I mean?
But a garden shed focal point is easy! And adds so much charm.
See what I mean?
Here’s more posts on the rustic garden shed and how it changes with each passing year.
I love adding old signs to the shed or making my own using THESE garden-themed stencils.
The little rustic garden shed is looking much cuter these days… so glad I made the effort!
Cute addition, isn’t it? Think you’ll give a couple of pallets a chance after seeing how easy it is?
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