Pallet-Wood Walkway Update

Last summer my husband built a beautiful walkway for our backyard with pallet wood.  You can read about it here.

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We needed a solution for the path that we walked several times a day to get to the gardens, coops, and barn.  And it needed to be good through the winter too, as we go to the barn and coops several times a day all winter as well.  Being that much of it is on the north side of buildings we needed to be able to easily shovel and keep it passable even when we had 3 feet of snow on the ground.  So he used free pallet wood and built this walkway.  How did it do in its first year and what does it look like now?

As far as ease of use it did great!  It was easy to shovel and keep passable all winter and did NOT leave us with dangerously slick frozen spots like we had previous years.  We were very happy using it year-round.

As for how it held up – we are very pleased with that as well.  Here are some photos.


The walkway in the top half of the pic is exposed to all the elements. The bottom half is under the patio roof and only gets sun, no moisture on it.


The area with the worst moisture damage


Upper section is under the patio roof, you can see the difference in the part that was snowed and rained on.


You can see that certain spots took the brunt of the wear and tear and moisture.  There is some water damage.  Husband used a water-based sealant (mistake) and will be re-coating it with an oil-based sealant this summer.  Hopefully that will help it hold up better this coming winter.

Overall, the pallet walkway has been an amazing addition to our farm and we are so glad we decided to put it in.  It has made caring for our gardens and animals much easier.  It was free since we used pallet wood.  Plus it is nice to look at and makes the space feel tidy and well-done.

7 thoughts on “Pallet-Wood Walkway Update

  1. Your walk way looks great! Can you walk me through your installation? ie, what sort of base does it sit on, etc. Thank you,

    Joe Doenges
    Saint Clair, MI

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    • We flattened out the area where it would be and laid out weed fabric. We used scraps of treated lumber from a deck installation we had done as the joists underneath to screw the wood planks to. We also used some of the larger members of the pallets themselves as joists underneath. Then the pallet wood as the planks.
      Since it was all made from scraps and pallets we didn’t really frame it out and then add the planks. We started at one end and built it as we went. We would lay out joists, making sure they spanned any dips and unevenness of the ground, then we would hook the planks on. Then move farther and add more joists, then more planks etc.
      Once the whole thing was assembled we used a large square floor sander with a 60 grit paper to sand the whole thing. Then went back over it with 120 grit. Then we stained it with an arbor coat. But I would recommend an oil-based finish.


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