How to decorate a small balcony – LA edition part 1

With beautiful weather year round in LA, I was determined to make the most out of my small balcony, even though Iā€™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 and it's just the beginning!


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  1. Nesty

    Hi Isabelle! I really missed your videos. I checked your website everyday to see if you have any new videos. It’s incredible how you make things so easy with a clear instructions. I love love love your balcony! Can’t wait to see how you did the rest. How long did it took for you to finish the lattice panel and the balcony wall with the reed?

    • Isabelle

      Hi Nesty, Thanks so much! Well, it’s hard for me to say exactly how long it takes because I have to film everything as I’m doing it which takes longer but I would say you can get the walls could be done in one day and the lattice panels are probably a weekend project factoring in getting the materials and painting which takes a while šŸ™‚

  2. Suzie

    Another amazing project. I am so impressed with your creativity and ingenuity. Your balcony looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  3. jan

    Good job Isabelle.

  4. Caryl

    Hi Isabelle, you are incredibly talented to come up with all ideas which are so easily replicated. You weren’t even born yet back when I was renter; apartment dwelling would have been so much more enjoyable had you been around back then to share your brilliance. Great job on the deck as well as everything else you’ve posted. Keep it up and thank you !

    • Isabelle

      Hi Caryl, Thank you so much for your kinds words šŸ™‚ I truly believe that everyone deserves and can have a home they love, no matter how big or small it is, if they rent or own, or if they have a small budget. I’m so grateful I get the opportunity to share my ideas with you and others, and comments like yours are why I keep doing what I’m doing šŸ™‚ Thanks again, Isabelle

  5. Jenny

    Wow this make over is awesome! The balcony looked so drab before and now it looks fantastic. Beautiful place to sit and relax or have a nice visit with friends. I can not wait to see what you will do next. Keep up the wonderful videos.

  6. Vanessa

    I was wondering how you made that lounging storage bench. I would love to build that for my balcony! I absolutely love everything you do, you are amazing! Thanks for such wonderful ideas šŸ™‚

  7. it looks great good job isabelle

  8. Geri B

    You are the best…very clear instructions, detailed, simple, and creative.
    I too love love your videos.


  9. Lindsey

    This is SO what I have been looking for! I’ve been trying to find a way to enclose my balcony FOR OVER A YEAR. I also live in LA, very similar dimensions to your balcony. Do you have a go-to hardware store you like to get your supplies at in the area, or do you just hit the big box stores?

    • Isabelle

      Hi Linsey, I’m so happy to hear my balcony project is giving you some inspiration for your balcony! I’ve tried many hardware stores in LA and I tend to go to the Home Depot on Sunset – it has a good selection of materials and the employees are pretty knowledgeable šŸ™‚

  10. Ken

    You the best marry me lol, keep it up

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