Super-Cheap & Cute Tiny Balcony Makeover Ideas on a Budget
If you love small spaces, you will love this balcony makeover idea. Welcome to a special spring-summer edition of “Laugh, Cry, DIY.” Today, we are doing our very first tiny, tiny balcony makeover.
Tiny balcony makeover on a budget
This balcony makeover on a budget focuses on my friend, Bri’s balcony. Bri lives in Hollywood, California. She moved in five months ago and hasn’t been able to use her balcony much at all yet. It is two feet by 13 feet and right next to a busy parking lot.
Bri’s balcony makeover vision is a more private space, that is maximalist, goth, fun, and breezy. The challenge is to make it cozier, greener, and cuter, and all on a budget, of $150.
Moving the blinds
These blinds are loose. We need to reposition them to give Bri a properly-shaded patio, and we need to stop them from flapping.
As Bri said, she doesn't have the prettiest view, so we want to half-block it. She wants to enjoy coffee in the morning, without the bright sun in her face. We will move the blinds to the side, to shade half the balcony, and use a staple gun to tie them down.
Next up, we want to cozy up this space with some greenery. We want to add big, bold, green moments, and there’s this wooden wall, so I made a full faux plant display, fit to the exact, custom dimensions.
I custom-made this frame. The plants are Dollar Store faux greenery. The whole piece cost $30.
Because Bri’s balcony is so long and narrow, there’s no space to have standing plants, so I thought, what if instead of putting plants on the ground, we added greenery to the fence?
I bought $28 of faux green vines at the Dollar Store. I bought two types of greenery to add visual texture and depth.
We are going to use thumbtacks and wind these all around on the fence. Firstly, I’m laying a base foundation – consider this a faux plant “primer” – and then I’m going to add pops of color with the prettier, striped, creeping figs. Studies have shown even fake plants can change your mood.
You guys see how nice the faux greenery looks? Nature approves.
Next up, Bri gets direct sunlight and can grow really beautiful things on the balcony, but we don’t want to take up floor space, so we will add hanging shelves.
To make simple hanging-rope shelves, I’m using pine boards and sisal rope.
We will start by drilling holes in the corners of each board with a half-inch drill bit that’s exactly the size of the rope.
Next, we will thread the beautiful rope through each hole and tie it to a ring that can be hooked onto wall hooks.
The real challenge today will be making sure they are level.
I just kept knotting and leveling, and now we have hanging shelves.
Adding a rug
The one thing to instantly cozy up an outdoor space is flooring. But, rugs don’t necessarily come in the right width. Also, we are on a tight budget.
What do you do when you want a rug, but don’t have a lot of money? Welcome to “how to make a rug from many other rugs.”
I went to Five Below and bought these beautiful cotton jute rugs. They are the perfect width and texture, and we are going to sew them all together to make one long runner.
Combining rugs is a great hack; you can make a bigger rug from mini-rugs, placemats, or really any sturdy fabric if you believe hard enough.
We want the stitching to look intentional so, since this is cotton jute, I have dollar-store twine and the biggest, fattest needle.
I pinned these rugs together ugly-side up. Because the twine is going to show, I am going to mark evenly-spaced, one-inch lines on both sides of this seam with a marker.
We are just going to do a single-thread stitch, and tie it off on both sides.
Now, I’m going back and tightening every stitch and knotting it off, and…Ta-dah!
One thing Bri really wanted is a table. They make some incredible products these days, like a hanging, fold-down table made for balconies.
They sell lots of versions of these online. We are trying to be budget-friendly, so I scored this on Facebook Marketplace, but it was all black.
I spray-painted it, hit the top with wood contact paper, and no one will ever know.
Bri had this IKEA bench that tucks under the table perfectly.
Now, it’s time for the piece de resistance. Bri wanted a plant stand. I was trying to find something with lots of surface space. I looked at everything: kitchen islands, console tables, all sorts of things, but it was really challenging to find a plant stand that fit nicely.
Then, I saw a piece on Facebook Marketplace for $18.
It's a cheap little cabinet that I hand-painted with an Indian-bone-inlay-inspired design. She can use the inside to store extra gardening supplies. Sometimes bringing the indoors out is a beautiful way to bring soul and vibes to a space.
We are still not done adding greenery and “oomph” to the space. Bri already had this sphere, so I saved one piece of ivy to add some drip-drip. I also added fake flowers from my stash.
Bri wanted extra seating for friends. I found this little beauty at Goodwill for eight dollars. It’s a seating ottoman with storage. This is the perfect thing to maximize storage and provide a cute seating option.
What is a cute patio without lights? I found lights that are USB, rechargeable, and on a remote. We are going to string them along the ivy, and at night it will be gorgeous.
Time for the big reveal!
Tiny balcony makeover ideas
I’m not going to lie, this is the most drastic transformation I ever made, for the least amount of money. There are always ways to get creative with DIY and spice up small spaces for cheap.
What are your top balcony makeover ideas? Drop a comment and let us know.