The DIY Balcony "Flower Bed"

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Apartment Therapy reader Jackie Honikman sent us her whimsical and imaginative DIY project that puts a cheap canopy bed frame to reuse in a whole new light as a balcony garden flower bed. We could also imagine this working with a mini-lawn to lay down upon for a nap, but maybe that's because we're just tired...

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I converted a twin canopy bed purchased for $80 bucks on craigslist into a raised flower bed with living details (aka succulents). The bed is depicted at two different states:

  • After painting: regular wooden bed frame painted with glossy black exterior paint
  • Complete: Cedar boards added, used to create the sides of the "bed"; filled with soil; succulents are carefully placed, flowers are planted on top.

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This was part of a bigger DIY balcony makeover that included a a fence, padded benches and a bar... all hand made by me (a totally inexperienced girl with a jig saw.) I think this is a cool project because we really transformed our (rental) apartment's balcony into a secluded party-garden.