Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Balcony Makeover: Before and After. The Stage is Set. Romeo, I'm Ready for the Balcony Scene!



Do you have a place where you pile all your junk, close the door, and pretend it's all disappeared? For me, that place is was my balcony. Last month I looked at our balcony from the outside and thought The HOA could probably fine me for that mess. It was piled high with tools, littered with remnants from old spray painting projects, and topped with towels hung out to dry and then forgotten. The flowerpots had nothing growing in them but weeds, and the string lights were too far from the outlet to plug in. Classy!
A thorough cleaning, freshly planted petunias, hand-sewn bunting and chair cushions, and a splurge--a Safavieh rug--make a huge difference. I can't do anything about the air conditioning unit on the balcony, I'm afraid, and the varnish stains under the table are sadly permanent. But now when I drive home, I look forward to relaxing outside after work with a book and glass of wine. And I'm not dreading an assessment from the HOA anymore. I considered spray painting the chairs, but I couldn't commit to a color. What do you think?

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9 comments:

  1. This looks great. I've been slowly working on my deck and it has yet to come together. I think my next purchase will be an outdoor rug. I MIGHT have to copy you :)

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    1. That's some sincere flattery! Go ahead and get the same one--as far as I can tell, it's a great rug. :) I'm generally skeptical about outdoor rugs, and if it develops any mold or mildew issues, I'll let you know.

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  2. I used to think that too about the mildew, but a crazy decorator friend of mine convinced me otherwise. She said "for the cost of fancy outdoor furniture, buy disposable items from goodwill and accept they have a limited life." After all, decorating tastes change over time, so if you simply accept that the item has a short lifetime ahead, options for outdoor decorating are much greater. Goes with furniture too - take that garage sale wooden furtinute and Don't Panic!

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    1. And some outdoor products claim to be treated against mold/mildew. That's what this rug claims, anyway. I'm glad to test the claim--let's call this decorating SCIENCE. :)

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  3. Super cute! I love it! Its odd how a makeover makes all the difference

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  4. Ah, I love the new look! Definitely the perfect place for sipping adult beverages and enjoying the sunshine :) We recently decided we are going to redo our back porch/stoop thing (and the front, too, I guess, GOD). It's so sad and ugly now. At least we finally ripped up the flooring that was installed over the concrete. I don't know if you saw it - I don't think anyone ventured to the back porch, ha - but the dude before us partially covered it with laminate wood flooring. Like, not even the whole thing. It was tacky as hell but it's goneeee now. I also want to paint my furniture, and I also can't pick a color. I think I might spray everything the same color, but different shades - maybe yellow? Ooh, yellow would look good on your porch too. It's the perfect outdoor color :)

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    1. Thanks, lady! Your porch was PARIALLY covered with laminate flooring? What was he thinking?! Yuck. Yellow sounds good. Or maybe lime green?

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