minimalist balcony revamp
so, if you read my outdoor space design inspiration post a few weeks back and if you follow me over on instagram and tune in to my stories from time to time, you'll know that we have been working on our balcony revamp and it is finally complete. things i told my husband regarding the revamp, "it'll be easy," "it won't take long," "i'll stay within a budget of $500." well, we ran into a few surprises along the ride and unfortunately, it looks like i fibbed a little bit. but, in the end, it was all worth it, because after two years in our condo, we now have an inviting outdoor living space. it just so happens to be my favourite space in the condo. now, to figure out how to change all the seasons to summer here in edmonton ;)
our balcony is actually extremely large! to not be utilizing all the extra square footage was really a shame. prior to this renovation, we didn't spend any time on our balcony. the previous owners glued a carpet to the concrete floor and had a storage container in the corner which served the pigeons well for a home. sorry pigeons, but we really learned to not like you. they pooped and nested on our balcony, i'm sure you can imagine the mess they left on our carpet. it was honestly disgusting. with that said, we knew the first thing we wanted to do was rip up that carpet. we pulled it up, only to realize that the person who installed the rug used copious, unnecessary, amounts of glue to adhere the rug to the concrete. we ended up having to purchase five cans of a product to help dissolve the glue and scrape it off the concrete. it was way more work and money that we had bargained for and it set back our project by a few days...actually, by a week, but if you've ever done a renovation, you know that is to be expected!
so are you ready to take a look at the transformation? we really can't explain how very happy we are with the result!
the first thing we did when planning out this space was made a plan to brighten it up. with the black rug on the ground and dirty concrete walls and ceiling, we knew that painting everything light and bright would do the trick. we used behr premium - 1-part epoxy concrete and garage floor paint; it was important to use a paint with epoxy to ensure it adhered to the concrete so we didn't run the risk of it flaking off. we used two different colours, the floor, pacific fog, and the walls and ceiling, ice white. we were so happy with how the two colours came out and it really set the stage for our furniture design.
when it came to choosing our furniture, we knew we wanted to carry through our minimialist design inside to the outdoors. crisp, clean lines and neutral colours were what we were after. on a small budget, we was on the hunt for deals! one thing that we just could not find in our budget was an outdoor sofa. anything in our budget wouldn't have fit with the minimalist look and anything that did fit, was a fortune! so after searching high and low, and being disappointed with our options, we figured our next step would be to find someone local that could help us with our vision; that is when we found blake with wooden peaks. to say that his work is amazing is an understatement. from beginning to end, bradley and i were so impressed. we were on a tight timeline by the time we were in contact with blake (we decided it would be a good idea to have a belated birthday party for me one week after starting this project!) and we sent him a photo of a west elm outdoor sofa that we loved, and he told me he would get back to me with a quote. so a few hours pass and we open our email, and to our surprise, not only did blake quote for the sofa frame, but he went out and found cushions for it that he thought we would like! we truly thought he would just build us a sofa and we would figure out the cushions, but he went above and beyond. and as you can see, we of course went with blake and were so amazed with the finished piece! it was exactly what we were searching for and within our budget. this sofa is one solid piece of furniture and it will without a doubt last through the years. we know when we are in need for custom furniture in the future, we will be in contact with blake again!
once all of the furniture was chosen, it was easy to add pieces to complete the look! although our balcony is large, we only had so much room for our seating area, so it was important to have extra seating for when we had more guests, and that didn't take up a lot of room.
to add colour, texture and warmth to the space, we brought in wood and greens! we definitely want to get a few more before the season is over, but it's definitely a start.
so are you wondering what it looked like before?
quite the transformation!
so friends, what to you think of our balcony revamp? as always, thanks for looking. xoxo