I live in an apartment building. I love my apartment and all it comes with but since I moved from a lower unit to a higher (bigger) one, I lost my outdoors space. Lowe’s challenged us this month to have a mini-outdoors makeover, which I knew would be a challenge since now I just have a narrow balcony. I love balconies, but mine needed some serious help. See Example A:
So how do you makeover a tiny space…and make it look amazing? With a little imagination, some paint and a lot of bamboo! First thing was first… that floor was a mess! It would have taken way too long and cost too much to sand/paint/rebuild so I cleaned it up and made a “carpet” for it out of a canvas drop cloth.
First, I painted the canvas with a white paint. I choose Bistro White from Valspar. I painted the whole cloth and set it to dry overnight.
I set that aside to dry. Once dry, my husband nailed each corner to the flooring, and it looked awesome already. But we weren’t done. I also bought a Reed Privacy Screen which I lined our edge of the balcony with (oh yea, my space? Shared! Sigh). We have stucco outside walls, as do most apartments, so we didn’t want to screw or hammer anything in. Instead I used velcro strips. My husband wiped down the walls and applied velcro where we wanted it and began the partition.
On the wood side, he nailed in random spots so that it would stay up and again we applied velcro to the other wall. What we were left with was a big reed space. I love to go out and watch the sunset or just watch cars zoom by, so I wanted my view back. I took reglar scissors and cut the reeds down to the size of the banister.
Once it was cut, all that was left was a few decor items. I bought a chair, a side table, some plants and set it up around to give it a more tropical relaxed feeling. My finished product makes me want to live out there. (You can see the rug in the first pic…my space is too narrow to photograph completely…but you get the gist!)
This is a great way to makeover a small outdoor space, especially if you live in an apartment!
Disclosure: I received a gift card to complete this challenge as a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Influencers. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are completely my own. Photos may not be re-used, re-purposed, re-posted without express written permission. Any and all violation will be pursued to the furthest extend of the law.