Garden-themed reclaimed wood walkway
Recently with some really epic summer-like weather in our favor, I’ve been working in the garden and the outside of the house.
Since I removed all my flowerbeds out of the backyard, that area is so easy to keep up! But my front yard is quite another thing…
Most of the front yard is surrounded in flowerbeds… very pretty! But it does require more effect for sure.
One front yard garden feature you may remember from the past was this little wooden walkway that leads from my driveway into my front yard.
It lasted for a GOOD long time, despite me not treating the wood with anything!
But once the wood eventually broke down, I threw a few cement walking stones in its place until I could come up with something creative once again.
And of course, over time, things got messy…
Welcome to reality. LOL
The spring flowers happily pushed their way up any which way they could. And weeds competed for space. But rather than JUST weed, I decided to create a NEW garden-themed reclaimed wood walkway instead!
So it was time to play… bringing out some reclaimed wood planks from my very substantial stash, I dry-fit boards over top of the mess until I came up with an idea I love even more than the last walkway!
My goodness… the new walkway design is SO easy to make and is better protected from the elements too! And totally themed perfectly for a garden area thanks to a few well-chosen stencils.
Here’s what I did:
How to make this garden-themed reclaimed wood walkway
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Supplies I used:
2 long treated support boards cut to fit – mine measured 2″ x 4″ cut at 6′ long
Stencils from Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils:
- Locally Grown Herbs
- Garden Shop
- Wild Flower Seeds
- Shipping Crate Stamps
- Welcome to my Garden (for Tours Until Dusk)
Cordless drill and screws
1. Clean out the area you wish to place your garden walkway, then lower the level of the soil.
The soil was scooped out to lower the level of the pathway, so once the wood was in position, the walkway would be level with the attached driveway and lawn.
2. Dry-fit two long support boards along with the wood planks to design what you want.
This part of designing your walkway is a little like playing with blocks. Simply place the support boards into position, then decide how you want to place the planks and what you want them to look like.
Two support boards – 2″ x 4″ cut at 6′ long
Cedar fence planks for top – cut to 6 deep” x 20″ long
How to curve the walkway:
Since my own path was to be slightly curved, this took a little fiddling to get it right…
- Position support boards on a slight angle and wide apart.
- Lay walkway boards on top, having them touch on the inner sides, and slightly spaced out on the outer sides. This creates a gentle curve.
- Double check that the support boards don’t show, while still offering maximum support, so the walkway doesn’t tip if you step on a plank edge.
3. Cut support boards to fit, then paint or weather-treat if desired.
I used reclaimed treated fence posts, and set them direct on the soil. But I may place landscape fabric underneath, which I thought of after the fact.
I ended up painting the tops in Fusion’s Ash so they’d visually disappear once the top planks were in position. It looked way better!
Weather protection ideas:
- use treated wood
- garden fabric
- treat the boards first
Designing the wood planks:
4. Design / decorate the top planks.
I ended up painting random top planks in Fusion’s Ash…
… as well as stencil some garden-themed designs on the odd planks as if the pathway was made from garden crates! Fun!
The designs were stenciled in Fusion’s Ash.
And I chose not to topcoat to further protect the stencils, but you certainly could!
Update: After pressuring washing the walkway the following spring, it removed the stenciled areas. So if you pressure wash, it would be wise to protect the stenciled areas for sure.
How to stencil:
- Position stencil into place with masking tape.
- Load stencil brush with paint, then remove most paint onto a rag to create a dry-to-the-touch stencil brush.
- Tap paint through the stencil to achieve the desired effect.
Learn more about how to stencil from THIS POST.
View a short video near the bottom of this post so you can see how the pathway was stenciled and built.
5. Arrange planks on top of support boards as desired, then attach with screws from the top.
Because the walkway was curved, the right side of the boards touch while the left side of the boards are slightly spaced.
And as you can see here, the black support boards practically disappear! Perfect!
So are you even ready to see how cute this turned out?!
The finished garden walkway!
How fun, right?! This garden-themed reclaimed wood walkway is rustic, easy to make, totally customizable and it works awesome!
My goal this summer is to incorporate more reclaimed wood on the outside of the house and surrounding areas, so I’m off to a great start!
I love the incorporation of the garden-themed stencils, however you could design your walkway any way you wish!
Stencil design tips:
No need to worry if the entire stencil doesn’t fit. I simply use bits and pieces of the stencil which ultimately further customizes your projects anyway!
Moving 10 LB off to the side made this look like more of a random stamped crate. Just what I wanted anyway!
Locally Grown Herbs was teamed up with part of Shipping Crate Stamps for a random crate stamped look.
I like to angle some stencil images and even run off the edges of projects when attempting a random stamped look.
Aside from looking totally adorable, I think the best thing about this garden-themed reclaimed wood walkway is the fact that you can so easily customize the size desired to suit!
I just love how rustically charming it turned out and really adds a touch of upcycled salvage appeal to the area, don’t you think?
As for how it fits in with the rest of my front yard?
I’d say beautifully!
Click above to watch a short video to share some of the walkway steps!
Do you need a garden walkway or pathway anywhere in your yard? Think you’ll try this idea?
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