DIY Interior Design,  Interiors On A Budget

My DIY balcony makeover

Nothing. That’s what I’ve enjoyed so far on my balcony.

Okay… that’s a lie. I’ve enjoyed the satisfying feeling of retrieving dry laundry after a good sunny day.

But that’s it…. Until now!

Something that I’ve been meaning to do for a while is to give my balcony a little makeover, a burst of energy to entice activities such as reading, drinking, eating and even working. There are so many outdoor activities that I’ve been missing out on!

The main event of this makeover is the installation of a faux lawn. This will give my balcony a lovely lush softness that can’t be replicated in any other way. It’s going to make my outdoor furniture pop and make this tiny terracotta tile rectangle an absolute oasis. Now, it’s not all about me and my balcony. I’m here today to give you my DIY step-by-step so you can do this at home too!

STEP 1 | Measure up your balcony and buy a roll of faux grass. After some extensive faux lawn research, I purchased my 2x5m roll of “budget” fake grass on eBay here. It ended up being about $50 which is so much more affordable that anywhere else I could find. Make sure your roll is big enough so that you can cover your whole space with 1 piece leaving no ugly joins marks. (If you’re covering a larger area we can make exceptions to this rule).

STEP 2 | Measure out your balcony dimensions to the exact measurements (include the areas outside any balustrades or any other obstacles that your lovely new lawn may have to avoid) and make marks or small cuts in these points. Also remember to take into consideration if theres a strip of backing that you need to take into account in your measurements.

STEP 3 | Start cutting your faux grass to size! Straight lines are always tricky but my secret is to cut your turf upside down so you can follow the weave lines – these are always straight! Not a wonky strand in sight! I was also lucky that the particular fake grass i purchased is quite thin so everyday scissors cut clean lines really easily. (I may have mentioned before that I purchased the “budget” grade of grass).

 

STEP 4 | Position your grass by pushing it into the corners of your space. To get a perfect and polished result, cut into every corner and nook – you’ll thank yourself for the extra work in the end, I promise!

 

STEP 5 | Just step back and admire your work, see what I meant by you’ll thank yourself after? Nothing in life is more satisfying than this right here. The best away of achieving this accuracy is to keep your measuring tape handy and only cut a few cm’s at a time, checking that everything is lining up as you go.

 

STEP 6 | Use gaffer tape to connect any slits that you had to make to get the grass around poles etc. I also used a little bit of folded over gaffer tape on the corners to secure the grass down. I did this on a windy day and needed the extra support. Also keep in mind that any furniture you place on top is going to help too!

 

All that’s left to do now is pull in some outdoor friendly decor and you’re set! I bought most of the pieces you see here second hand. My favourite piece is the lovely vintage rattan plant stand/ shelf that I bought from Old School Road – you can find them on Facebook here!

 I may have also made a lil’ air conditioner unit cover with my left over grass. I would not recommend this due to the potential fire risk…  (I plan to remove it when the air conditioner is switched on).
I may have also made a lil’ air conditioner unit cover with my left over grass. I would not recommend this due to the potential fire risk… (I plan to remove it when the air conditioner is switched on).

I didn’t buy any new outdoor furniture for this balcony re-do. I really wanted to but I couldn’t find anything I liked/ fitted onto my little balcony. In the spirit of finding the right thing, I’ll be bringing you an outdoor balcony decor round up next week so you can spread the metaphorical icing onto that balcony cupcake!

Until next time! x