Pallet porch for a garden shed

Learn how to make a quick and easy pallet porch for a garden shed! Rustically charming as a front step or displaying planters and flower pots! Click to read full tutorial.

Easy pallet porch for a garden shed!

Decorating the rustic garden shed that was rebuilt last summer has turned into quite the backyard activity lately!

Catch up with the entire shed series:

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How the shed was originally built from a greenhouse HERE

Potting Shed theme HERE

Saving the Shed in 2020 HERE

All Rustic Garden Shed projects are HERE

Learn how this rustic garden shed was built using reclaimed wood!

View the Garden Shed sign addition HERE

You may remember the latest addition where a tall vertical garden shed sign and black flowerbed edging was added. The added features really finished off the side!

But I never did finish the front of the garden shed.

While it’s already cute with the window boxed fern and galvanized containers for decoration, I was waiting to either land the right wood or pallets to create a pallet porch to give the shed a little more presence. A pallet wood porch could also become the perfect spot to place the planters on for easier lawn mowing too!

Using new lumber to build a shed front porch was of course an option, but I felt it would have looked too new with all the other reclaimed wood siding used on the garden shed.

So I patiently waited for whatever was to ultimately come my way.

See how these pallets became the perfect little rustic front porch for a garden shed!

Landing the perfect pallets!

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And then I found them!

6 smaller pallets were stacked along the curb just a few houses down from me. I was on my bike at the time, so I sped home to drive right back with the truck and a tape measure.

And you guessed it… into the truck these little mini pallets went! I was about to finally get that little pallet porch for a garden shed yet!

So if you too have a rustic garden shed or that special she shed that could use a little front porch to pretty-it-up for the summer, this idea may work for you too!

Here’s what I did:

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Learn how to make a quick and easy pallet porch for a garden shed! Rustically charming as a front step or displaying planters and flower pots! Click to read full tutorial.

Decide what your pallet porch will do

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1. Determine what you want your pallet porch for a garden shed to do. Then collect the right sized pallets or build it to suit.

My own main purpose as to give the shed more presence. However there was one other factor I needed to work around.

This little garden shed actually holds firewood. The goal was to be able to open the shed door with a wheelbarrow nearby so the firewood could be easily loaded.

These smaller pallets fit the dimensions perfectly! They were the depth of the door swung open, so the wheelbarrow could remain on the ground without requiring a ramp. Perfect!

A before and after of pressure washing reclaimed wood

Adirondack Pallet Chair Makeover

Clean and sand?

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At this point, in most cases I pressure wash any reclaimed wood then give it a good sanding once dry. The before and after can be astounding! However it can also remove patina so you need to gauge what’s more important to you.

A really good example of how wood turns out after being pressure washed is at: Adirondack Pallet Chair Makeover.

Cleaning Video

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Or click the video above to watch a short pressure washing before and after!

In this case, I decided to leave the pallets as-is. If I ever drag the pressure washer out for another task, I will likely hit the pallets to give them a quick once-over. However I did like the patina as-is and wanted to enjoy them just the way they are for a spell.

I’ll just have to be really careful to always wear shoes until the pallets are prepped moreso.

Read: The easiest way to clean reclaimed wood HERE for more info.

Learn how to make a quick and easy pallet porch for a garden shed! Rustically charming as a front step or displaying planters and flower pots! Click to read full tutorial.

Level the ground

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2. Level the ground with a shovel.

Using a shovel, the ground in front of the shed was eye-leveled, then scraped to remove the moss, weeds, grass and to level the soil.


Learn how to make a quick and easy pallet porch for a garden shed! Rustically charming as a front step or displaying planters and flower pots! Click to read full tutorial.

Learn how to make a quick and easy pallet porch for a garden shed! Rustically charming as a front step or displaying planters and flower pots! Click to read full tutorial.

Place and level pallets

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2. Place pallets into desired location.

I decided to lay the pallets right on the ground. I don’t mind when they eventually rot. I’ll just replace them with others when that time comes.

But I do plan to keep my eyes open for an easy fix that perhaps the pallets can sit on that won’t have them rotting quite as quickly. I’ll update this post if I find something.

Ideas to keep the pallets from wood-rot:

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  • slice some small logs like thick coasters, then place them under the pallet footings
  • lay down landscape fabric, then top with a layer of gravel
  • secure some heavy gauge construction plastic under gravel
  • place down some small cement footers
  • pressure wash, sand, then seal the wood with an outdoor durable wood product such as tung oil


Learn how to make a quick and easy pallet porch for a garden shed! Rustically charming as a front step or displaying planters and flower pots! Click to read full tutorial.

3. Place a construction level on top of the pallets to determine if they are level.

Working with one pallet at a time makes it easy to lift the pallets to adjust the soil underneath until pallets are level in all directions.

And that’s about it!

Ready to see how cute this little pallet porch for a garden shed turned out?

Learn how to make a quick and easy pallet porch for a garden shed! Rustically charming as a front step or displaying planters and flower pots! Click to read full tutorial.

The finished pallet porch!

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And that my rustic garden shed loving friends, is how I built the world’s easiest pallet porch in the land! 

I didn’t even pressure wash them… yet! And I may not. I rather like them as-is myself!

Learn how to make a quick and easy pallet porch for a garden shed! Rustically charming as a front step or displaying planters and flower pots! Click to read full tutorial.

I think the pallet porch really adds that special something that was missing!

Learn how to make a quick and easy pallet porch for a garden shed! Rustically charming as a front step or displaying planters and flower pots! Click to read full tutorial.

Doesn’t the porch look homey?

Learn how to make a quick and easy pallet porch for a garden shed! Rustically charming as a front step or displaying planters and flower pots! Click to read full tutorial.

And the scale and size of these pallets couldn’t have been more perfect!

At one point I had debated on adding another row to create a larger porch, but it would have interfered with the wheelbarrow loading. And I feel I would have needed to add more wood on the top to better support the pallets for more walking.

However as a front step, the pallets as-is provides enough structure, strength and the perfect built-in drain holes!


Galvanized buckets and tubs create the perfect planters. Visit this post to see how!

The perfect pallet porch for planters

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Not to mention the perfect place to hold a fern in a galvanized planter bucket along with other planter potentials!

No more yard trimming around these planters! The pallets offer a flower bed border for easy upkeep with a yard trimmer.


Learn how to make a quick and easy pallet porch for a garden shed! Rustically charming as a front step or displaying planters and flower pots! Click to read full tutorial.

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Quaint front porch look!

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I have some visions of perhaps planting some additional flowers or plants in the clay pots and galvanized planters, however I certainly don’t mind the low upkeep with just the perennial flower bed and 1 fern as is!

The grapevines growing over the shed and the tall sumac tree behind the shed take over plant-wise nicely all on their own anyway. And the mossy flower baskets provide a little pop of plant green as well!

Kinda has a potting shed vibe with the empty planters, doesn’t it?

Check out when I gave the garden shed a Potting Shed theme HERE

Learn how to make a quick and easy pallet porch for a garden shed! Rustically charming as a front step or displaying planters and flower pots! Click to read full tutorial.

Learn how to make the Garden Shed sign HERE

Find the Garden Shed stencil HERE

Yep. I really think this pallet porch was just the right touch!

adirondack chairs makeover pallet style stencils pressure washing

Visit: Pallet adirondack chairs HERE

Which tie in so nicely with the pallet adirondack chairs as well!

Learn how to make a quick and easy pallet porch for a garden shed! Rustically charming as a front step or displaying planters and flower pots! Click to read full tutorial.

 

So is the little rustic garden shed finally complete?!

Well… there’s always the addition of some possible outdoor string lights or a lit solar lantern or two… but don’t you worry. If I add more, you’ll be the 2nd to know about it!

Fun addition right?! Think you’ll beef up your own garden shed with a pallet porch of your own?

Visit all the rustic garden shed updates HERE

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15 thoughts on “Pallet porch for a garden shed

  1. You are right Donna. The pallet porch on the shed is the icing on the cake. Those are my words. Can you tell I like to cook?! LOL! It looks finished and great thinking on making a decision on how you want them be useful. Putting the wheelbarrow to collect right there will cut down on gathering the wood. We had a delivery from Home Depot and it arrived on pallets. Hubby was going to dismantle and throw them out. I think he was trying to do so on the down low before I saw. I was like, oh no! I have been waiting for these all my life. Ha.Ha! He’s so funny because he is always telling me please no more sticks and branches in the house! I have several ideas and can’t wait to try my hand at it. Thanks Donna. Also, we’re going to get a mitre saw. Mr. Hubby thought I would like one. What a wonderful guy.

  2. Oh how pretty! I think your idea about putting landscape fabric and stone underneath the pallets would look nice (and keep any plant growth from coming through the pallets). What a wonderful job!

  3. I can just imagine your glee when you spied those precious beauties on the side of the road. Heart thumping as you sped home to get your truck, probably thinking, “Will they still be there by the time I get back!!” It so nice when a plan comes together. Well done!

  4. Donna, the pallet porch and revitalized shed look fantastic. For the pallet base consider using concrete pavers. They come as 12” 16” or 8×16” x1.5” and will double duty to knock out invasive plants where placed.

  5. The pallet porch is perfect! So perfect, in fact, that it answers the question of what to do with the front of my shed. With just a few tweaks to individulize the pallets for my shed, I’ll have a place for some potted plants and still be able to mow easily. And somehow I will find a way to use my rocks in the mix. My family knows that every rock I see I want to bring home……

    • I love, love, love everything you have built and created. I am moving into a new 152 year old farmhouse, but it looks lovely both inside and out, but i also need a new shed just like yours if you don’t mind. I love all of your ideas and I shall be glued to you site for a very long time to come. Thank you so very much for you beautiful work.

  6. I love, love, love everything you have built and created. I am moving into a new 152 year old farmhouse, but it looks lovely both inside and out, but i also need a new shed just like yours if you don’t mind. I love all of your ideas and I shall be glued to you site for a very long time to come. Thank you so very much for you beautiful work.

  7. Love it! It looks like a perfect little rustic “she” shed (I know it stores firewood) The pallet porch finished it off nicely – inspired thinking. And, those adirondack chairs – what an amazing find – they look great!

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