Transform a Rental Apartment Balcony into a beautiful, colorful, and bright Outdoor Space on a Budget.
The Final Reveal of my Balcony is here and it safe to say I LOVE it. It makes me so happy whenever I go out and just relax. The best part about this Makeover is that most of the Items used are DIY Projects which really cut down the cost.
Before we jump into the actual Reveal I just wanted to let you know that if you like Makeovers on a Budget then you will definitely love this Bright and Bold Dining Room Makeover and this Rental Friendly Master Bedroom Makeover.
Lastly, if you want to see the Video version of the Makeover then keep on reading!
Okay so now let’s fully jump into the Makeover process of this Balcony. I will start with showing you how it actually looked Before.
So my balcony is an L shape design. Pretty standard apartment complex style balcony with grey flooring and popcorn brown textured walls.
This is the other side, like a nook which was perfect for growing plants, herbs, etc.
And another corner/ nook where I could add a piece of furniture or more plants.
So the Idea for this makeover was to spend as little as possible but make it super bright and colorful which meant repurposing a lot of items I already had at home.
The biggest purchase was the Removable Flooring that I purchased from Ikea.
I chose two versions of the wood one as well as the Faux Grass option. I love these Tiles as they are super easy to install. They already have grooves at the sides of the Tiles which you just press and click and it interlocks with each other.
I think it took me a total of 30 minutes to do the flooring. The size of one Tile is 12 by 12 inches. Honestly, the flooring alone made such a huge difference and at least I didn’t have to look at that ugly grey flooring anymore.
So let’s start with what I did with the nook on the other side of the balcony. I bought metal shelves from Ikea which were really inexpensive and those were going to be used for storing gardening supplies/ pots.
You can see the full process in the Video as well.
I decided to paint the existing Terra Cotta Pots using acrylics paints to add some color in that corner.
And if you checked out my last post which was How To Paint Terra Cotta Post Volkswagen Inspired you can see how easy it is.
After that, I decided to place a table I painted a couple of years ago which was my Abstract Console Table.
I wasn’t really using this inside the house so I decided to place it outside and it fits perfectly in the corner. It also added the right amount of color that my balcony desperately needed.
To top it off I added some Pothos Plants in these beautiful planters which I found in a thrift store a few months ago.
If you liked the pots I used don’t worry I found something similar to these Pots which look stunning as well.
Now moving onto the main side of the balcony. The first thing was to add some color to the Walls. Since this is a rental I couldn’t really paint it so I decided to hang Two Large Wall Arts.
The beautiful pattern was Inspired by Abbey who painted this Mural in her Office. So check out her page for the full step by step tutorial.
Her color choices are Stunning!
Now let’s start off with the light fixture. I DIY’ed the lampshades a few years ago and you can read all about it in Pom Pom Lamp Makeover post.
But to make it into a hanging chandelier style light fixture I glued both the lampshades together. Then I attached a piece of colorful Yarn and hung it onto a pole on my balcony.
To make it into a functioning Light I attached a Light Switch Cord and screwed in a Bulb and that was it.
As we go down you will see my DIY Outdoor Fountain that I showed you guys several weeks ago on how I made it. Definitely check out that post if you want to make your own.
Adding the white Yarn was the right move as it balanced out all the colors already in the space.
The two chairs I added in the space was also from Ikea.
Moving onto the cute little coffee table which was made using an Ikea Basket and Mirror and I already have a detailed post and video about how I made it.
The decorations I used on top were made using concrete. It’s a super simple DIY and if you want to make your own check out my DIY Abstract Cement Planter post.
After that, the final touch was to add my Anthropologie Inspired Bench into space.
And that was basically it.
What do you guys think of my Bright and Bold Balcony Makeover on a Budget?
I think for it being rental and budget makeover it worked out really well.