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Small rental balcony makeover on a budget

This makeover is full of small balcony ideas you can use, especially if you live in a rental apartment and can’t make any holes in the walls or if you’re on a budget! My friend Lisa asked for my help to transform her less than fabulous small rental balcony into a cozy inviting outdoor space to enjoy with her dog Leo. The first project I tackled was transforming an odd opening into a beautiful custom feature, all for less than $65. Then I built a DIY custom bench which only cost $35 in materials and became a comfy place to lounge thanks to some inexpensive outdoor cushions from IKEA. I came up with a clever way to install a trellis without making any holes in the walls and I also made a special table that is a great space saving idea for tiny balconies.  I added lots of plants, including a gorgeous staghorn fern, and last but not least, I installed smart outdoor LED lights to add some ambiance in the evening. The end!

Link to Lisa’s Book: “Finding Fabulous – Paving the Path from Paycheck to Passion”

Items from this balcony makeover:

Round carved wood panel (Target – $50)

Small round table (World Market – $69)

IKEA outdoor chair – APPLARO ($35)

IKEA outdoor seat cushions – HALO ($25 each)

Rug (similar to the one I used – $13-15)

Outdoor smart LED lights ($120):

Lightify Gateway

Lightify Gardenspot lights (14 ft)

Lightify Gardenspot extensions (4.67 ft)

This makeover is full of small balcony ideas you can use, especially if you live in a rental apartment and can’t make any holes in the walls or if you’re on a budget! My friend Lisa asked for my help to transform her less than fabulous small rental balcony into a cozy inviting outdoor space to enjoy with her dog Leo. The first project I tackled was transforming an odd opening into a beautiful custom feature, all for less than $65. Then I built a DIY custom bench which only cost $35 in materials and became a comfy place to lounge thanks to some inexpensive outdoor cushions from IKEA. I came up with a clever way to install a trellis without making any holes in the walls and I also made a special table that is a great space saving idea for tiny balconies.  I added lots of plants, including a gorgeous staghorn fern, and last but not least, I installed smart outdoor LED lights to add some ambiance in the evening. The end!

Link to Lisa’s Book: “Finding Fabulous – Paving the Path from Paycheck to Passion”

Items from this balcony makeover:

Round carved wood panel (Target – $50)

Small round table (World Market – $69)

IKEA outdoor chair – APPLARO ($35)

IKEA outdoor seat cushions – HALO ($25 each)

Rug (similar to the one I used – $13-15)

Outdoor smart LED lights ($120):

Lightify Gateway

Lightify Gardenspot lights (14 ft)

Lightify Gardenspot extensions (4.67 ft)

Outdoor furniture perfect for any patio or small balcony

I’m always on the lookout for outdoor furniture that’s easy to move and that will easily adapt to new spaces, so I was really excited when Slim furniture asked me to try out their new line of flat packed outdoor furniture – I was amazed at how light it was (it’s made from rust proof aluminum frames) and how easy it was to put together without ANY tools, take apart and to move by myself! The whole process was way easier than putting together furniture from IKEA. And every piece of furniture has storage built-in – so useful for smaller outdoor spaces like small balconies! You can only purchase Slim furniture online: it’s available on Amazon.com and you can also check out Slim Furniture’s website to find out more about their furniture and purchase it there.

* This video was sponsored by Slim Furniture – all thoughts and opinions are my own *

 

I’m always on the lookout for outdoor furniture that’s easy to move and that will easily adapt to new spaces, so I was really excited when Slim furniture asked me to try out their new line of flat packed outdoor furniture – I was amazed at how light it was (it’s made from rust proof aluminum frames) and how easy it was to put together without ANY tools, take apart and to move by myself! The whole process was way easier than putting together furniture from IKEA. And every piece of furniture has storage built-in – so useful for smaller outdoor spaces like small balconies! You can only purchase Slim furniture online: it’s available on Amazon.com and you can also check out Slim Furniture’s website to find out more about their furniture and purchase it there.

* This video was sponsored by Slim Furniture – all thoughts and opinions are my own *

 

Small bathroom remodel: budget bathroom ideas

You’ll get lots of small bathroom decorating ideas in this video where I share how I helped a friend give his small half-bath a makeover with a budget of only $200. You’ll see how easy it is to install a Smart Tiles peel and stick backsplash, and how I managed to camouflage a very dated lighting fixture with a simple DIY cover. I also made a DIY over the toilet storage cabinet and finished off the makeover with a new vanity mirror and art.

The whole thing cost $189, $11 under budget, and that included the new mirror and wall art! Here is the cost breakdown of the makeover:

Smart Tiles (Mosaik Capri Taupe – $43) :

Light Fixture: $14

Bathroom Cabinet: Building materials – $58 Chalk paint and wax Finish $26

Mirror: IKEA LANGESUND ($28)

Wall art: Target ($20)

You can see how I made the lighting fixture in this video:

And how I made the storage cabinet in this video:

** This video was sponsored by Smart Tiles – all thoughts and opinions are my own **

 

You’ll get lots of small bathroom decorating ideas in this video where I share how I helped a friend give his small half-bath a makeover with a budget of only $200. You’ll see how easy it is to install a Smart Tiles peel and stick backsplash, and how I managed to camouflage a very dated lighting fixture with a simple DIY cover. I also made a DIY over the toilet storage cabinet and finished off the makeover with a new vanity mirror and art.

The whole thing cost $189, $11 under budget, and that included the new mirror and wall art! Here is the cost breakdown of the makeover:

Smart Tiles (Mosaik Capri Taupe – $43) :

Light Fixture: $14

Bathroom Cabinet: Building materials – $58 Chalk paint and wax Finish $26

Mirror: IKEA LANGESUND ($28)

Wall art: Target ($20)

You can see how I made the lighting fixture in this video:

And how I made the storage cabinet in this video:

** This video was sponsored by Smart Tiles – all thoughts and opinions are my own **

 

DIY wall mounted Christmas tree

I’ve always liked the idea of a wall mounted Christmas tree, especially when you live in a small apartment where floor space is at a premium, but most of the ones I’ve seen don’t look like real Christmas trees, which is what I like. So I came up with this idea to use pine garland to make a real looking wall mounted Christmas tree! It’s so easy to put up and there’s no chance that my cat will topple it over, win-win.

I used Glue Dots flexible hang tabs to put it up which have a temporary adhesive so the tabes remove cleanly when you remove them.

You can also enter a giveaway this week for a chance to win a kit to make this project. Info here!

* This video was sponsored by Glue Dots *

 

I’ve always liked the idea of a wall mounted Christmas tree, especially when you live in a small apartment where floor space is at a premium, but most of the ones I’ve seen don’t look like real Christmas trees, which is what I like. So I came up with this idea to use pine garland to make a real looking wall mounted Christmas tree! It’s so easy to put up and there’s no chance that my cat will topple it over, win-win.

I used Glue Dots flexible hang tabs to put it up which have a temporary adhesive so the tabes remove cleanly when you remove them.

You can also enter a giveaway this week for a chance to win a kit to make this project. Info here!

* This video was sponsored by Glue Dots *

 

LA Apartment Tour, from A to Z!

After countless DIY projects, it’s finally time for the complete tour of my LA apartment!

The tour starts with the tiny entryway where I added a mirror and made a coat rack. I also replaced the vertical blinds with curtains, added a window cornice, and hid the A/C unit with a piece of furniture I built. Then there’s the home office with a dividing wall, the living room makeover with a wall panel I made with a rug, the dining room where I built a banquette bench and wall panels, and of course the balcony I transformed into a beautiful outdoor oasis. My all white kitchen got a lot of color with a temporary backsplash and a clever solution to paint a feature wall without actually painting the wall.

I also did some minor cosmetic changes to the bathroom like replacing the lamp shades and added more storage with tension rods and a building a cabinet that goes over the toilet. To store my tools and materials, I took over the hall closet and made it my mini-workshop and last but not least is the bedroom where I also replaced the vertical blinds with curtains, built an upholstered headboard and hacked inexpensive IKEA LACK tables to make bright and colorful nightstands.

Like I mentioned in the video, I also did 360 videos of my apartment so you get a different view of the entire apartment both during the day and the evening.
360 Daytime video
360 Nighttime video

After countless DIY projects, it’s finally time for the complete tour of my LA apartment!

The tour starts with the tiny entryway where I added a mirror and made a coat rack. I also replaced the vertical blinds with curtains, added a window cornice, and hid the A/C unit with a piece of furniture I built. Then there’s the home office with a dividing wall, the living room makeover with a wall panel I made with a rug, the dining room where I built a banquette bench and wall panels, and of course the balcony I transformed into a beautiful outdoor oasis. My all white kitchen got a lot of color with a temporary backsplash and a clever solution to paint a feature wall without actually painting the wall.

I also did some minor cosmetic changes to the bathroom like replacing the lamp shades and added more storage with tension rods and a building a cabinet that goes over the toilet. To store my tools and materials, I took over the hall closet and made it my mini-workshop and last but not least is the bedroom where I also replaced the vertical blinds with curtains, built an upholstered headboard and hacked inexpensive IKEA LACK tables to make bright and colorful nightstands.

Like I mentioned in the video, I also did 360 videos of my apartment so you get a different view of the entire apartment both during the day and the evening.
360 Daytime video
360 Nighttime video

Organizing Tips: DIY Makeup Organizer

I personally don’t have a lot of makeup, but a friend of mine has a growing makeup collection that had gotten out of control. To help her organize everything and reclaim her vanity, I came up with a couple of really quick DIY projects that allows her to quickly see what she has and to get to it easily.

 

I personally don’t have a lot of makeup, but a friend of mine has a growing makeup collection that had gotten out of control. To help her organize everything and reclaim her vanity, I came up with a couple of really quick DIY projects that allows her to quickly see what she has and to get to it easily.

 

DIY Stone Knobs for cabinet doors or drawers

This is a really simple and quick project that I did to upgrade the drawer pulls of my bathroom vanity – I used stones from the dollar store but you can use this idea to turn just about anything into knobs. The key thing that you need are cap nuts and bolts and you’re good to go.

This is a really simple and quick project that I did to upgrade the drawer pulls of my bathroom vanity – I used stones from the dollar store but you can use this idea to turn just about anything into knobs. The key thing that you need are cap nuts and bolts and you’re good to go.

Dining Room Tour and Decorating Ideas

I did a lot of DIY projects in my dining room, and recently updated it, so in this video, I give you a complete tour of my dining room showing you all the projects that I did to transform it from white and boring to a warm and inviting space to entertain friends.

I did a lot of DIY projects in my dining room, and recently updated it, so in this video, I give you a complete tour of my dining room showing you all the projects that I did to transform it from white and boring to a warm and inviting space to entertain friends.

Small Balcony Decorating Ideas: LA Balcony Tour

With beautiful weather year round in LA, I was determined to make the most out of my small balcony, even though I’m renting and on a small budget. In part 1 of this balcony makeover, I managed to give the balcony a whole new look with a few inexpensive DIY projects: I covered up the tired looking walls in a way that made it possible to use the top for plants and accessories and I also tamed the hot California sun by installing DIY lattice panels that also added some much needed privacy. And I did this all without making any structural changes to the balcony! The transformation is amazing already and it was just the beginning…. In part 2 of the makeover, I showed you how I built an outdoor storage bench, added an herb garden and the IKEA hack I did to customize an outdoor table. And the last part of the balcony makeover was to add some smart LED outdoor lighting. In this video, I give you a quick tour so you can see the transformation from start to finish. Enjoy!

To see all the projects in more detail, click on these links here:

LA balcony makeover: Part 1 (privacy panels and wall coverup)

LA balcony makeover: Part 2 (DIY outdoor storage bench and IKEA table hack)

LA balcony makeover: Part 3 (Smart LED outdoor lights)

With beautiful weather year round in LA, I was determined to make the most out of my small balcony, even though I’m renting and on a small budget. In part 1 of this balcony makeover, I managed to give the balcony a whole new look with a few inexpensive DIY projects: I covered up the tired looking walls in a way that made it possible to use the top for plants and accessories and I also tamed the hot California sun by installing DIY lattice panels that also added some much needed privacy. And I did this all without making any structural changes to the balcony! The transformation is amazing already and it was just the beginning…. In part 2 of the makeover, I showed you how I built an outdoor storage bench, added an herb garden and the IKEA hack I did to customize an outdoor table. And the last part of the balcony makeover was to add some smart LED outdoor lighting. In this video, I give you a quick tour so you can see the transformation from start to finish. Enjoy!

To see all the projects in more detail, click on these links here:

LA balcony makeover: Part 1 (privacy panels and wall coverup)

LA balcony makeover: Part 2 (DIY outdoor storage bench and IKEA table hack)

LA balcony makeover: Part 3 (Smart LED outdoor lights)

Small Living Room Ideas: LA Apartment Living Room Tour

In this episode I share how I set up my living room in only 75 square feet of space. You’ll see how I dealt with a not so pretty wall to wall carpet and how I decorated the walls, including how I added a lot of color and texture to a big wall without painting it, putting wallpaper or making any holes in it! I also show you how I made my coffee table by taking a wood working class here in LA – it was a lot of fun!

Here’s some more info on what I used in my living room:

Sofa: IKEA KARLSTAD ($400)

TV stand: IKEA LACK TV unit ($15 x 2)

Rug (floor): IKEA SINNERLIG ($70)

Chair: AGEN ($40)

Rug (wall): Crate and Barrel TOCHI coral rug ($230)

Coffee Table: one of kind made by me

Wall sconces: designed and made by me

In this episode I share how I set up my living room in only 75 square feet of space. You’ll see how I dealt with a not so pretty wall to wall carpet and how I decorated the walls, including how I added a lot of color and texture to a big wall without painting it, putting wallpaper or making any holes in it! I also show you how I made my coffee table by taking a wood working class here in LA – it was a lot of fun!

Here’s some more info on what I used in my living room:

Sofa: IKEA KARLSTAD ($400)

TV stand: IKEA LACK TV unit ($15 x 2)

Rug (floor): IKEA SINNERLIG ($70)

Chair: AGEN ($40)

Rug (wall): Crate and Barrel TOCHI coral rug ($230)

Coffee Table: one of kind made by me

Wall sconces: designed and made by me

Quick tips for hanging things – DIY Basics

In this video, I share with you a few tricks I use to make hanging things like mirrors, frames and pendant lamps, including some tools that I use to make things easier:

Hands free laser level: http://amzn.to/1UFFmzv

Plumb bob: http://amzn.to/1VUE5WH

In this video, I share with you a few tricks I use to make hanging things like mirrors, frames and pendant lamps, including some tools that I use to make things easier:

Hands free laser level: http://amzn.to/1UFFmzv

Plumb bob: http://amzn.to/1VUE5WH

Small Kitchen? Get more storage w/ extra shelves

Small kitchens can be challenging when it comes to storage, but you can easily create more by adding a small extra shelf in your upper cabinets. I did this in my kitchen cabinets in just a few minutes and it made a huge difference in how much I can store in there!

I used removable double sided tape to make this renter friendly but you could also use screws if you want something more permanent.

Small kitchens can be challenging when it comes to storage, but you can easily create more by adding a small extra shelf in your upper cabinets. I did this in my kitchen cabinets in just a few minutes and it made a huge difference in how much I can store in there!

I used removable double sided tape to make this renter friendly but you could also use screws if you want something more permanent.

Tools: Types of Clamps

Tool time! Curious about what’s in my toolbox? Find out more about the types of clamps I use the most in this video and how they can make your DIY projects a lot easier!

Links to clamps mentioned in the video:

corner clamps: http://amzn.to/1MYbJHl
Bar clamps (6 in): http://amzn.to/1LgXUV6

Tool time! Curious about what’s in my toolbox? Find out more about the types of clamps I use the most in this video and how they can make your DIY projects a lot easier!

Links to clamps mentioned in the video:

corner clamps: http://amzn.to/1MYbJHl
Bar clamps (6 in): http://amzn.to/1LgXUV6

How to make a double sided picture frame

Looking to make a special gift for someone? Make this very simple double sided frame – no power tools needed and it’s easy to customize!

Here’s the list of materials you’ll need:

2 identical picture frames for 4”x6” photos: http://bit.ly/1V7KBJw
3/4” square wood dowel (2 x 10” long): http://amzn.to/1Ei5c9W
3/4” wide wood veneer edging (birch): http://amzn.to/1PQEuX2
2” wide wood veneer edging (birch): http://amzn.to/1fEcBVa
Velcro dots: http://amzn.to/1JWIYfZ
6” long wood sticks or popsicle sticks: http://amzn.to/1Ei4MR5

And here are the tools and supplies you’ll need:

Wood glue: http://amzn.to/1MRIGaI
Sand paper: http://amzn.to/1NSnuOR
Bar clamps: http://amzn.to/1hZsoQ3
Staple gun: http://amzn.to/1MLcMuX
Speed square: http://amzn.to/1JtVHjC
Miter box and saw (optional): http://amzn.to/1JhtpPz
Utility knife: http://amzn.to/1V7INjQ
Iron: http://amzn.to/1hZsYNU

Thanks to Walgreens for sponsoring this video – you can check out their online photo developing center here: http://bit.ly/1V7KBJw

Looking to make a special gift for someone? Make this very simple double sided frame – no power tools needed and it’s easy to customize!

Here’s the list of materials you’ll need:

2 identical picture frames for 4”x6” photos: http://bit.ly/1V7KBJw
3/4” square wood dowel (2 x 10” long): http://amzn.to/1Ei5c9W
3/4” wide wood veneer edging (birch): http://amzn.to/1PQEuX2
2” wide wood veneer edging (birch): http://amzn.to/1fEcBVa
Velcro dots: http://amzn.to/1JWIYfZ
6” long wood sticks or popsicle sticks: http://amzn.to/1Ei4MR5

And here are the tools and supplies you’ll need:

Wood glue: http://amzn.to/1MRIGaI
Sand paper: http://amzn.to/1NSnuOR
Bar clamps: http://amzn.to/1hZsoQ3
Staple gun: http://amzn.to/1MLcMuX
Speed square: http://amzn.to/1JtVHjC
Miter box and saw (optional): http://amzn.to/1JhtpPz
Utility knife: http://amzn.to/1V7INjQ
Iron: http://amzn.to/1hZsYNU

Thanks to Walgreens for sponsoring this video – you can check out their online photo developing center here: http://bit.ly/1V7KBJw

How to use a miter box and saw to cut wood: DIY Basics

You don’t need fancy power tools to cut wood: see how easy it is to use a miter box and saw for your home DIY projects!

Links to miter box and saw kits:

http://amzn.to/1fc7rQ3,  http://amzn.to/1JhtpPz

Thanks to SPAX USA for sponsoring this video. Find out more about their amazing American made fasteners here: http://www.spax.us/

You don’t need fancy power tools to cut wood: see how easy it is to use a miter box and saw for your home DIY projects!

Links to miter box and saw kits:

http://amzn.to/1fc7rQ3,  http://amzn.to/1JhtpPz

Thanks to SPAX USA for sponsoring this video. Find out more about their amazing American made fasteners here: http://www.spax.us/