Stunning garden makeover: From dull and boring to lively and green in 10 steps

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Having any kind of personal outdoor space, be it a balcony or a patio, is quite a luxury in these times of small urban living spaces. So why choose to waste your luxury by keeping it dull and uninspiring.
Just a few simple DIY projects can metamorphose it into your very own private, green space. You can enjoy your green haven, have a relaxing time, read a book in peace or just wind down and appreciate the birds and the bees.
Here are 10 steps for you to do just that. 10 simple DIY projects and your balcony may just be the best space in your home.
(1) Let’s start with the flooring
Just a simple change from a concrete flooring to a wooden one can make all the difference in the look and vibe of your balcony. Easily install-able, inter-locking wooden tiles are available at just about any local hardware store or any IKEA outlets near you. They are not as expensive as some other flooring options and can be easily installed as a complete DIY project that requires no time. IKEA USA has a great installation guide for such snap-on floors.
If you want to shift away from your concrete flooring but would like something slightly more unique, you can try making these interesting, water-proof floor cloth / carpets from Design Share instead.
(2) Beautify your railings
Railing planters and flower pots have been beautifying our railings since time immemorial. Yet, the joy and sense of accomplishment that comes from making one yourself is unparalleled. Have a look at this flower planter by Gina Luker from The Shabby Creek Cottage. She’s made them for her fences, but they can just as easily go on normal bar railing.
If you have the rounded pipe type railings, or if you are into recycling, or even if you are on a budget, you could try these. They are pretty simple to make. Christie posted these on Flickr and all they really are, are tins cans attached to railings with zip ties!
(3) Add some overhead planters full of cascading greens
When you have a small area, the best way to go about optimizing it, is to make use of the vertical space. There are just so many DIY options to pick from, especially when it comes to overhead planters, that you’ll really have to do some serious choosing.
Fall for DIY has an elegant-looking yet super simple option for you to try. Full instructions can be found here.
Came to Dance Blogspot has an even simpler version of DIY hanging planters. All you really need is a piece of sturdy string and a pot. So, this one’s perfect for those on a thrifty budget or those who don’t have the time or patience for slightly more extensive DIYs. Instructions for it can be found here.​
(4) Pallet furniture to make the place more comfortable
If you intend to use your balcony as a private living space, to read a book or to just relax with a cup of coffee, you definitely need to get creative with the furniture. The kind of furniture you choose to make really depends on the space available to you in your balcony and your personal taste.
Pallet furniture is the way to go if you want to recycle, save money and still have a DIY project that impresses all. Ollaris provides detailed instructions as well as a video to how to build an easy and sturdy pallet sofa here.
Add a stylish bistro table made of wood to the scene. Even if you are beginner with wood working, this instructions guide from The Shabby Creek Cottage can get you there in no time.
(5) Time to green up your walls now
There is a plethora of vertical planter options for you to choose from, but finding something unique is like hitting the jackpot. To give you balcony some added personality, try a vertical succulent garden, as shown here.
If you have a longer wall to fill, you can use wall-installed gutter planters, like the ones shown here. These give you ample opportunities to plant your herbs or vegetables without cramping you out of space.

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