Asked on Apr 22, 2019

What should I do about the Cinderblock dividers in my house?

BarbaraKitty MasonWilliam
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Our 50 year old home has cinderblock room dividers in the foyer. We recently replaced the front door with a dark walnut door with sidelights. We could remove them, opening up the dining room and living room but I'm not sure. We have 21 grandchildren with 2 more arriving this year. I could use photos of the kids or their families on the dividers but it might be overwhelming. Help!

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10 answers
  • Lindsay Aratari
    on Apr 22, 2019

    Congrats on your new grandbabies! If you didn't want to remove it, you could find a pretty tapestry to hang on it or you could do a gallery wall of black and white photos of your grandkids!

  • Ahilly
    on Apr 22, 2019

    As long as they aren’t supporting a wall or ceiling, they should be okay to remove.

  • Pat
    on Apr 22, 2019

    I like the cinder block wall....It is different, unique and unobtrusive. You would have to move the heat unit near the floor...to put it on the outside wall. Your front door is very nice. I would leave the wall, I think.

  • Kitty Mason
    on Apr 22, 2019

    I've always liked them too! Hubby is the one who thought about removing them. Our monkeys (children) climbed them when they were young and he's worried about the grands. Living in the Southwest I have lots of Native American rugs which I love. Maybe I could add in a gallery of the grandkids along with the rugs. The one hanging (badly) on one side now is called the Tree of Life.

    Thanks for the ideas! I was concerned about them being a supporting wall and the heaters. Hubby doesn't worry about that stuff! ;)


  • Cheryl A
    on Apr 22, 2019

    you could cover over it with shiplap or other wood



    • Kitty Mason
      on Apr 23, 2019

      Thanks! I considered wood but the other thing we want to do in our home is get rid of walls and walls of paneling. Another project for a different month.

  • Johnette
    on Apr 22, 2019

    I think you have a marvelous idea with the "grand" pictures. The only thing I suggest is, you paint the blocks with a goodpaint like you would a kitchen cabinet so it will be easy to wash or dust. If its rough you will have a problem with cleaning.

    • Lynn Sorrell
      on Apr 23, 2019

      I'm in southwest too everything is concrete block...Prime the cinder block. Choose a primer that's approved for indoor concrete or masonry use. Primersare generally white, but they can usually be tinted the same color as your latex paint to add depth to your wall color. Allow the primer to cure completely before painting.

  • Michelle
    on Apr 23, 2019

    I love the blocks how about painting them a pop of color . Take a color from a pillow on the couch or one of the paintings

  • William
    on Apr 23, 2019

    Removing them would be a problem because of the heaters It's a timeless design from the 70's. I would use three different neutral tones of paint from light to dark and randomly paint each block front only. A dark brown from the doors, light and medium from the Navajo rugs. Would give them a little character and blend them to the rooms.

  • Kitty Mason
    on Apr 23, 2019

    Thank you for the painting suggestions! It feels good to sound a little knowledgable when I walk into a store to buy home redo and repair supplies.

    And I love the idea of painting them with different colors. That would pull the entire front of our house together.

    Now to convince the hubby that color is good. He is a fan of white walls and dark furniture. Is it possible to teach an old dog new tricks?

  • Barbara
    on Apr 25, 2019

    1. create a succulent wall. 2. Have blocks of wood cut to fit holes, and then decide what you want to display on certain blocks, such as, photos, painted colors, mirrors, graphics or an artist’s touch, etc. The untouched blocks could be stained to match you other wood decor.
    • Kitty Mason
      on Apr 25, 2019

      Thank you! That's a wonderful idea! Never considered completely filling in the holes with something. I had tried small knickknacks but they didn't look right.

      My daughter and I are going to play around with different things in the next few weeks.

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