Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Rustic Wood Path

A stained wood rustic pathway made from rough cut lumber!

A rustic path to go through our new mulch area!

My husband & I added a new mulch area to the side of our home this spring (you can read all about that here). When we were putting mulch down, we made the area extra large to accommodate a pathway.

Then, like most things at our home, it sat empty for months while deliberations were happening!
A stained wood rustic pathway made from rough cut lumber!
A stained wood rustic pathway made from rough cut lumber!

A stained wood rustic pathway made from rough cut lumber!
I wanted to use old pallet wood to create a cute & rustic path.  I’ve seen so many cute paths on Pinterest & I wanted to recreate one of my own.

Besides, doing it this way would be almost free! We have the pallets already. I could also come up with some old stain if I searched the basement. Using materials I already have, I could create the rustic pathway of my dreams!

But, here’s the thing:

My husband hates re-purposing stuff, especially wood. He used to work in construction/carpentry & has an extreme hatred for old materials. He would much rather use new materials that aren’t all twisted & beat up with nail holes everywhere! New materials are easier to work with.

He thinks cutting up a pallet is one of the most ridiculous things ever.

He's obviously never been on Pinterest. Over there, trash to treasure is everything. While I'm here for it, he's the complete opposite!

So we had to do a little compromising.

If I wanted to still have my rustic path, there were certain demands, like new boards.

So off to the sawmill we went.
A stained wood rustic pathway made from rough cut lumber!
We’re super lucky to live in an area with a few local Amish sawmills.  We headed over to one of them & explained what we needed.  About 4 days later, the boards were ready.  We even had them cut to size, which made transporting them so much easier!  The boards are rough hemlock so they’re new & rustic at the same time!

Once we got the boards home, it was time to create a path!
A stained wood rustic pathway made from rough cut lumber!

A stained wood rustic pathway made from rough cut lumber!
I originally wanted there to be a main path with areas that branched off into smaller paths.  After trying to make that happen for far too long, I gave up in favor of one twisty path!

Now it was time to stain the boards!
A stained wood rustic pathway made from rough cut lumber!
A stained wood rustic pathway made from rough cut lumber!
I wanted the boards to somewhat match my rustic fence, so I used the same stain.  I already had some on hand, but we did end up going to Home Depot & getting another gallon.

Once the boards were stained & dried, it was time to put them into the mulch.

We dug the mulch down, placed the boards & put mulch back around them.
A stained wood rustic pathway made from rough cut lumber!

A stained wood rustic pathway made from rough cut lumber!

A stained wood rustic pathway made from rough cut lumber!
I would not recommend burying things in mulch!  It’s too messy!  The boards also don’t fit snugly into the area so they move around a lot!  If we decide to continue with the same path next year, we’ll definitely be putting some sort of stone down!

But, it works for now!
A stained wood rustic pathway made from rough cut lumber!
A stained wood rustic pathway made from rough cut lumber!
We’re all about trial & error over here (some more than others!).  I’m super happy with how it turned out!  I can’t wait to expand on the idea next year!

A stained wood rustic pathway made from rough cut lumber!




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