Small balcony makeover - via OEH
Small balcony makeover - Before - via OEH
Small balcony makeover - placing the wooden tiles1

Small Balcony Makeover


Better late than never! Remember a while back I promised to share my Small Balcony Makeover? Well, I had our balcony all done and ready to photo shoot about 1-2months ago. Then a baby bird landed on our balcony, so we let him and his mom hang out until he was ready to fly. Unfortunately, that little birdie pooped all over my pretty wooden tiles, furniture, and rails. So today I got to scrub it all off and photo shoot my new outdoor hangout!

If you are new to my blog, the images you are about to see are taken at a military base housing in Okinawa, Japan. We moved to Oki in June 2015, ever since I have been decorating, building and cleaning my butt off to make this small place on the other side of the world a cozy home for my family.

Small Balcony Makeover

So, what started with a slab of concrete which I mainly used to spray paint my DIY’s on (can you tell?) Has turned into a beautiful balcony, where we play with Duplo legos, eat ice cream & drink wine after the kids have given me 5 more grays on my head.

Small balcony makeover - Before - via OEH

This was not a fun place to spend time on before the makeover took place!

Small balcony makeover - placing the wooden tiles

But, a quick trip to the local hardware store & $200 later I had a new balcony. The wooden tiles seemed to be a great idea. I also found them on Amazon and Ikea.

Small balcony makeover - placing the wooden tiles1

So after our friendly birds left, I fixed me a bucket of warm, soapy water and used a scrub brush to clean the entire tiles. Once I was done I just dumped the water over the tiles which also swept anything that was underneath the tiles away. It took a few more buckets of clear water to rinse off everything and I had a brand new balcony!

Small balcony makeover

I made sure to include my Ladder Plant Stand, the full tutorial can be found over at Remodelaholic. My plants are not as full and happy looking anymore because the Okinawan Summer heat killed almost all of them!

Small balcony makeover

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  • Reply Randi July 18, 2016 at 7:49 am

    I love the look of those wood tiles!

  • Reply Sherry Fram July 22, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Love your balcony makeover! Looks great!

  • Reply Hannah July 24, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Wow is this base housing? What a transformation! I wished You had done this 3 years a go when we moved to Okinawa! Since we only have a little time left I’ll just stick to the concrete but it looks fab!

    • Reply Bettina Johnson July 24, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      Hi Hannah, yes it is! Tower to be exact. I hated it so much, but now we actually spend time out there. Glad you stopped by.

  • Reply Nia December 23, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Looks amazing! I want to do something like that in my yard! Also in your blurb about yourself it’s says “metalmith” should it be “metal smith”?

    • Reply Bettina Johnson December 24, 2016 at 7:42 am

      Thank you Nia, I will get that fixed. Happy Holidays

  • Reply Ashley February 2, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Is the reason they are on a a grid for the purpose of draining?

    • Reply Bettina Johnson February 2, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      Not only that, but also because the floor is ugly and very cold. My kids love to spend time on the balcony, this way I can have them outside with me. They sit on the floor and ply while mommy enjoys her latte!!! 😉

  • Reply Steven Snow February 27, 2017 at 12:12 am

    I love the balcony space because it is the best place in my home to discover some relaxation time as equipped with some most advance chairs which offer peace without any disturbance. Love the space shared, good work, and make balcony a perfect place like here.

  • Reply Yogita April 18, 2017 at 1:07 am

    The makeover looks really beautiful . I am going to try this in our new rental apartment in Hong Kong where space is a constraint and we have a small balcony but a fairly good mountain view . The pictures itself are making me feel so calm and relaxed ,I wonder how my space would – one for sure I know we are going to have lots of weekend mornings sipping tea there 🙂
    Great job !!

    • Reply Bettina Johnson April 18, 2017 at 6:19 am

      Thank you Yogita, so glad my makeover inspired you!

  • Reply Rajani May 10, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    looks fab! if I were u I would put river stones around the edges. to hide the gap.

  • Reply Martha May 14, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Where did you buy the finishing edges?

  • Reply Nada June 3, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I love your chairs! These would be perfect for our new patio! Where did you find them?!

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