Ugly cinder block retaining wall

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Any suggestions on how to dress up a small cinder block wall?
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 04, 2016
    I use colorful pots and assorted plants to disguise any eyesores on my property.
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Mar 04, 2016
    If you can plant something that drapes like a vine it could cascade down the blocks. You can also plant pots and train the plants upward on a trellis
  • Sandie Sandie on Mar 04, 2016
    Good ideas. I first though a fake stone glued on it may work. We are moving into this home next week.
  • KatAych KatAych on Mar 04, 2016
    We've got a small cinder block wall in our backyard...we planted ivy geraniums - one of my faves! They drape down over the blocks, come in all sorts of beautiful colors, and are very easy to care for!
  • Sandie Sandie on Mar 05, 2016
    Several good ideas.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Mar 05, 2016
    Paint it first, just to get rid of the base color. (I would suggest something like a dark terra cotta will push it back and make it disappear) Then if you like you can put a lattice piece over top (cheap at Home Depot/Lowes)I would stain or paint it first, (in a lighter color than the back concrete)and put trim around the lattice piece to make it look 'finished'. It can be nailed right into the concrete block with a few concrete nails. Then use planters etc.. on top and bottom. A nice urn piece in the center would make it a showcase rather than the eyesore it is now. If you have an electric outlet, you may want to consider a wall fountain. They have so many now available at very reasonable cost. Or even a small filtered pond fountain to add plants and fish in front, depending on the space. You could do the entire project in a weekend. $50-$300+ depending on the extras.
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Mar 06, 2016
    I'd start with a concrete stain that is to your liking.