In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.
For our Adirondack Challenge, we asked Mandy of Fabric Paper Glue to share her small patio decorating ideas using an Adirondack chair as the basis of her space. Read how she transformed an otherwise boring small balcony into a beautiful outdoor space with color and purpose.
For me, an Adirondack chair elicits thoughts of relaxation — whether I imagine a pair of them facing a serene ocean view or a set of four surrounding a cozy fire.
You know what absolutely doesn’t make me think relaxation? My friend Jillian’s small balcony.
Sure, a balcony around Washington, D.C., is a luxury, but like most of the balconies in this city, it’s small and bland. My mission? Bringing purpose and style to this space.
Luckily, I had ideas brewing just waiting for a blank slate like this one. The first of these percolating ideas was a reading nook — a perfect use of an Adirondack in a small space, if I do say so. It’s one of those home features that warms my little book-lovin’ heart, but unfortunately falls off the list of must-haves in my own 600-square-foot floor plan. My second idea was stripes. My veracious love of bold, black-and-white striped fabric shouldn’t surprise a soul who follows my blog (see my posts about a striped tote, a striped document envelope, another striped tote, and a striped clutch), yet it’s simply not a pattern that would work with my own home decor. You can read some more about my inspiration in a post I wrote about an urban bookish balcony.
Well, folks, not only is this balcony everything that my stripey-reading-nook dreams were make of, it’s also got some other pretty fantastic patterns, a little luxe lighting, a few lush greens, a handful of pretty pink flowers and … GOLD!
One of my favorite parts of working with the Adirondack chair was the fact that I could customize it. I went with Behr’s Premium Plus exterior paint in Chlorophyll, and I’ve gotta say that I think I kinda knocked it out of the park with my choice. It adds some extra green to give the space a lush outdoor feel, while providing the perfect backdrop for my beloved striped fabric. If you’re looking to paint your own Adirondack, give yourself a break and paint it before you put it together.
In addition to sewing up the floor pillows, I also knocked out a couple of DIY projects to bring some unique details to the space. The first (and my favorite) was the striped plant stand. This project was as easy as wrapping a super cheap nursery pot in black and white rope. I started at the lip of the pot using some hot glue along the way and finishing it up with a nice little spiral into the center of the bottom.
My other DIY was a charming little herb planter with some ombre markers. I combined a few herb plants into a nice, substantial ceramic planter and whipped up the markers using craft paint, a dab of wood glue, some wooden skewers, and — believe it or not — wood biscuits.
I’m still sort of reeling over how lovely the stark black and white patterns work with the bright green and the feminine florals.
I’m glad I made those floor pillows for guests, because I have a feeling I might be visiting Jillian and her relaxing balcony a little more this spring. If you want to follow along with all my other crafty adventures, be sure to hop over to my blog — Fabric Paper Glue.
By day, Mandy is a Washington bureaucrat (and proud of it). At night and on the weekends, she’s a lover and creator of handsome crafts, delightful beverages, and fun stuff. Fabric Paper Glue is about all this evening/weekend stuff. And she does it all from a 603-square-foot condo that she shares with her husband, Michael, and their cat, Pete.
To create her small patio decorating ideas, Mandy started with an Unfinished Adirondack Patio Chair from The Home Depot.