A small balcony makeover

It’s the new year. Time for fresh starts, room refreshes and completing projects.

Scott and I were immediately drawn to the potential of the outdoor space when we bought our condo in late 2011. We imagined enjoying sunny days and cool nights relaxing, dining and entertaining in this space.

Outdoor space

I backburnered this project for most of 2012 as I got things inside wallpapered, painted, and furnished and prepared for our October wedding. Poor Scott just wanted to sit outside with his beer and his dog and breathe in the ocean air. So for his Christmas 2012/birthday 2013 (his is February 4) present, I committed to cozying up the balcony for him. And here’s how the small balcony makeover turned out.


First, I painted the beigey-yellow stucco a beachy blue-gray shade. I bought the oversized rattan sofa, chair and ottoman (which we turned into a side table) at a thrift store for $50. I painted it using several light coats of Krylon Coral Isle indoor/outdoor spray paint. The sofa and chair were sold without cushions. I fell in love with Robert Allen’s Ocean Trail outdoor fabric in Jet (it’s been discontinued) and had the talented team at Quality Interiors make seat and back cushions for the sofa (all out of weather-resistant foam), then had them make a seat and back cushion for the chair (also out of weather-resistant foam) using Blossom Vine fabric in Black. My mom and I made the coral throw pillows out of Spree Poppy fabric, I bought this one on Etsy and picked up a few others on clearance at Pier 1 to add a bit more pattern and color.

I found the indoor/outdoor rug on One Kings Lane, the chiminea at Lowe’s, the bistro table from World Market (no longer available) and the chairs are from Rusty Gold.

Because I have a black thumb, I enlisted the expertise of Alyssa at California NatureScaping. She came up with this ingenious design that she created using plastic tubing and galvanized pipe and flange. AMAZING! She also built the wooden containers that hang on the wall and house boxwood shrubs. I added these lights from our wedding.

Succulent garden

I bought the reclaimed wood planters on Craigslist (the guy makes them custom) and on Alyssa’s advice, planted easy-to-care-for dwarf cypress trees inside.


Alyssa also came up with this fantastic idea for an herb garden that involved repurposing my wedding centerpieces.


What room(s) are you planning to redo/refresh in the new year?