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The first sunny and warm days are already over. As soon as the temperatures climb near the 20 degree celsius mark, it’s time to get the balcony summer ready. Since we moved in our flat about 2 years ago, I’m looking forward to preparing the balcony all winter. It’s the big project of the year for me and I love it: the cozy sofa, beautiful and ever growing plants (even though I don’t have a green thumb at all!), candles, fairy lights, sundowns and a glass of wine on a mild summer night with a starry sky. I don’t think there could be anything better!
The Pallets sofa
Therefore we needed a comfortable sofa so that we could enjoy the summer nights (and sunbathing of course). I am a fan of upcycling projects and loved and am still loving furniture built with pallets and wine boxes. So I persuaded my boyfriend to get some pallets for the balcony (I wanted them for our living room sofa as well, but he wasn’t quite a big fan of that idea haha). No sooner said than done! We asked a friend to bring us four pallets, grinded and polished them (which was an awful lot of work 😅) and coated them with white paint. After drying we carried them up on the balcony and arranged them in an L-form, two on top of each other. We ordered the sofa cushions on amazon (we bought those ones ). And thats it actually 😊
Boxes and baskets
My grandma had a farm with a lot of meadows and fruit trees. I found a lot of wine and fruit boxes as well as baskets in her barn, which I immediately packed in my car and brought them up on my balcony. I arranged them around our balcony handrail so that our cat could come out on the balcony as well without coming up with the idea of squeezing through the handrails. The baskets are all different sizes but all of them are braided and brown. They give the balcony a vintage and rustic look.
Plants, plants and planting
Now theres just the plants missing. Every year we get other plants, I normally go to the construction market and take whatever plant I like the look of. This year we have rhododendron bushes, oleander, raspberries and blackberries, cherry tomatoes, chili and a pepper-plant. We planted them in the baskets and flower pots. I put some foil or garbage bags in the baskets so that the potting soil and water wouldn’t come out immediately. We arranged the baskets on top or next to the wine boxes – and the balcony oasis is finished!
Lights, candles, romance!
Stop! I was about to forget the most important thing! The lights! A chain of lights around the handrail, a lampion chain on the roof, some solar lights and A LOT of candles! I collect jars all year long – applesauce, jam, Nutella or mustard jars. Well at least that’s what I tell myself that I need all those jars for summer so that I don’t have to drive to the bottle bank 😅 This year I also used two wine bottles. I remove the label, wash them and put a tea candle inside them. For the wine bottles I used two stick candles. I also hung a few jars with candles on some string on the walls – We definitely have a lot of romance flair on our balcony!
I hope you like it! All in all we used about 90% second hand products (and most of all from my grandma). The only big effort was the pallet cushions and to get new plants every year. But besides that, our balcony is super low budget – and still so cozy and beautiful ❤