A few weeks ago, I shared goals for all of my outdoor living spaces… both short-term and long-term. I figure there is no time like the present than to start tackling those short-term tasks to make our outdoor living areas more enjoyable this season. The weather has been so beautiful lately, it has really motivated me to get outside and work! If you follow along on Instagram, you already know via stories, that I’m kicking off our outdoor areas with the bedroom balcony this weekend. It will really be a quick cosmetic makeover for now, but I wanted to share the design plan as items are starting to roll in, as well as before images. Click through to read all about it and see how this space will shape up in the coming weeks!
Obviously this post is filled with all of the before images that sort of speak for themselves… the space is pretty much a blank canvas right now.
I’m anxious to get out there, power wash, and give things a good scrub because the railing, columns, and roof vinyl are looking pretty icky. Luckily, it’s just dirt and can easily be cleaned back to bright white.
To recap my goals… obviously I’ll be tackling the short-term ones right now, and in the next couple years, hopefully we’ll be able to rework the space completely.
SHORT TERM GOALS:
- Clean the railings, columns, soffit, and ceiling.
- Paint the floor.
- Paint the brick.
- Add outdoor drapery to the side (to block the view of the neighbor’s porch, pictured below).
- Buy an outdoor area rug.
- Add outdoor seating.
LONG TERM GOALS:
- Structurally reinforce / rebuild the lower columns.
- Replace the subfloor.
- Install floor tile.
- Update railing.
- Add a ceiling fan.
- Replace the doors with larger sliding or accordion ones.
- Install gutters for proper drainage.
This balcony is really a great extension of the master suite, and it’s pretty large (12′ x 11′). I love opening the doors and letting the dogs run in & out. I also envision working from this space. It’s shaded for the majority of the day and I could totally see myself up here with my laptop and coffee each morning… or taking my lunch up here during a busy workday. The views are really phenomenal.
That brings me to my plan. Knowing how this space will function, I wanted to include some lounge seating, as well as a bistro set for working and dining. I opted for a classic, comfortable, and functional vibe. I hope that comes through!
Click on the items below or use the links at the bottom to be redirected to sources.
loveseat // ottoman // black planter // boxwood topiary // dog water bowl // woven tray // throw blanket // tassel pillow // outdoor curtains // bistro chairs // marble table // olive tree // outdoor rug
I’m just waiting on a few more items to show up, but so far- everything has exceeded my expectations and looks really beautiful. The hallway outside our master bedroom is kind of the catch all until I get things painted this weekend. Emmett said he’s used to me just piling things up by now. Ha! I didn’t take that as compliment.
This weekend, my plan is to clean the space really well, paint the brick and floor, then next week I’ll start moving the furniture outside and setting it up. It shouldn’t be a difficult project, but I’m hoping it gets me spending more time in one of my favorite spots! I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you see my vision? PS: if you’re wondering how I made the design plan moodboard, check out this post for the tutorial!