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I have a lovely balcony that for years I could not enjoy because it is situated in a very busy main street. I desperately needed some privacy.   I solved this problem by adding a bamboo fence.  This worked for a few years but now I have this situation where at night with the lights on I feel there is too much exposure. Instead I added privacy to my outdoor space with fabric. 

Έχω ένα υπέροχο μπαλκόνι που για χρόνια δεν μπορούσα να απολαύσω, επειδή βρίσκεται σε έναν  πολυσύχναστο κεντρικό δρόμο. Χρειαζόμουν απεγνωσμένα κάποια προστασία της ιδιωτικής ζωής μου. Έλυσα το πρόβλημα με την προσθήκη ενός μπαμπού φράχτη. Αυτό λειτούργησε για μερικά χρόνια, αλλά τώρα έχω αυτή την κατάσταση όπου τη νύχτα με τα φώτα αναμμένα αισθάνομαι ότι είμαι πάρα πολύ εκτεθειμένη.

Balcony before A little more privacy please,

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I needed privacy in areas where I will place a table and chairs, in others not so much.  I looked around my bountiful basement and found this old laminate board full of holes.  I put some twine between the holes and attached it to the balcony railings.  It looked pretty ugly. But it was the right size. 

Χρειαζόμουν προστασία  όπου θα τοποθετούσα ένα τραπέζι και καρέκλες, ενώ σε άλλα μέρη όχι τόσο πολύ. Κοίταξα γύρω στο υπόγειο μου και βρήκα αυτή τη παλιά μελαμίνη γεμάτη τρύπες. Έβαλα κάποιους σπάγκους ανάμεσα στις τρύπες και τα έδεσα στα κάγκελα του μπαλκονιού. Φαινόταν αρκετά άσχημο. Αλλά ήταν το σωστό μέγεθος.

Adding the laminate board A little more privacy please,
But like I said – Ugly. If I wanted something to last, I would want it to be water resistant on the outside , and pretty on the inside.   My solution… I had an old roll of heavy duty plastic, which I cut and nailed on to the laminate.

Αλλά όπως είπα – άσχημο. Αν ήθελα κάτι να διαρκέσει, θα ήθελα να είναι ανθεκτικό στο εξωτερικό, και όμορφο στο εσωτερικό. Η λύση μου … Είχα ένα παλιό ρολό πλαστικό, το οποίο έκοψα και κάρφωσα πάνω στη μελαμίνη.

Adding holes to the laminate boards to tie them on the railings, A little more privacy please,
It was pretty frayed on the edges as well. I thought if I can cover this it might work.

Ήταν αρκετά φθαρμένο στις άκρες επίσης. Σκέφτηκα ότι αν μπορεί να καλύπτει αυτό ίσως  να γίνει λειτουργικό.

stapling the vinyl, A little more privacy please,
Here it is trimmed and nailed on one side.

Εδώ το βλέπουμε κομμένο και καρφωμένο στη μία πλευρά.

with the vinyl, A little more privacy please,
For the inside I decided to go with a pattern that would echo the stripes of the bamboo fence. I glued it on .

Για το εσωτερικό αποφάσισα να πάω με ένα σχέδιο που θα επαναλάβει τις λωρίδες του μπαμπού φράχτη. Το κόλλησα επάνω στη μελαμίνη.

Adding the fabric with glue. A little more privacy please,
I then folded the fabric over and nailed it down.

Στη συνέχεια δίπλωσα το ύφασμα και το κάρφωσα κάτω.

Nailing the fabric on, A little more privacy please,
Here is what it looked like at this point.


 έμοιαζε στο σημείο αυτό.
The fabric on the board, A little more privacy please,
The next step was to brush it with varnish to protect it. Or  you can use this

Το επόμενο βήμα ήταν να το περάσω με το βερνίκι για την προστασία.

painting on the varnish, A little more privacy please,
I opened the holes for the twine on the fabric.

Άνοιξα τις τρύπες για το σπάγκο πάνω στο ύφασμα.

Holes for the twine A little more privacy please,
And I placed it on the bamboo fence. 

Και το έβαλα πάνω στο μπαμπού φράχτη.

After it is attached to the railing, A little more privacy please,
This  is not  the best solution to my problem, but it is certainly better than the thin bamboo fence.  I was able to use what I had at hand without spending a ton of money and it looks  nice.  It is also water resistant, so I can leave it there over the winter.

Αυτή δεν είναι η καλύτερη λύση στο πρόβλημά μου, αλλά είναι σίγουρα καλύτερο από το λεπτό μπαμπού φράχτη. Κατάφερα να χρησιμοποιήσω ότι είχα χωρίς να ξοδέψω έναν σωρό χρήματα και φαίνεται ωραίο. Είναι επίσης ανθεκτικό στο νερό, ώστε να μπορώ να το αφήσω εκεί στη διάρκεια του χειμώνα.

The finished board, A little more privacy please,
And that is my idea for adding privacy to your outdoor area with fabric. In fact, I like it so much I’m going to make another one, but with a different design. What do you think, is this a good idea to keep unwanted eyes away?

Πράγματι, μου αρέσει τόσο πολύ που θα κάνω άλλο ένα, αλλά με διαφορετικό σχεδιασμό. Τι νομίζετε, αυτό είναι μια καλή ιδέα να κρατήσει τα ανεπιθύμητα μάτια μακριά;

How to add privacy to your outdoor space using an MDF board and fabric for a pretty yet practical look to keep unwanted eyes out of your space. Adding Privacy to your outdoor space with fabric #DIY #DIYproject #outdoorspace #privacyforoutdoor #outdoorprivacy #modpodge #varnish
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Friday 21st of June 2019

What a fantastic low-cost solution! And it’s pretty too!


Saturday 29th of June 2019

Thank you Michelle, I was glad it was low cost and effective.


Wednesday 27th of June 2018

Great idea. Love that fabric too!


Thursday 28th of June 2018

It was born out of necessity!


Thursday 28th of June 2018

I like the colours in the fabric. Cute idea. I'm lucky where I live away from town I get lot of privacy. - Margy


Monday 2nd of July 2018

You are very lucky Margy because I had absolutely none. Haha!!

Kate | The Organized Dream

Tuesday 3rd of July 2018

I love this idea. I know all too well about nosey people. Lol! I love the striped fabric you used. I do have to say that you're pretty resourceful. Looks great! Thanks for linking up to the Make Life Pretty Monday link party. I've pinned, too!


Tuesday 3rd of July 2018

Thank you so much Kate, you have no idea how annoyed the neighbors were when we put it up.


Saturday 7th of July 2018

I love your creativity. The fabric is perfect. I'm also loving the chair. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.


Saturday 29th of June 2019

Thanks Rhonda, I was lucky I had enough fabric.

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