How can I hang decor on my block/cement walls?

Michelle Dudley
by Michelle Dudley
I live in an older beach cottage where all exterior walls are block/cement so I can't just use a nail and hammer. Also how can I make decals/transfers stick? Lots of moisture in the bathroom as well.
  14 answers
  • Ljgordon Ljgordon on Sep 25, 2016
    The exhaust fan should be run for a minimum of 15 minutes after you shower to eliminate the moisture. Lowes , HD, etc. has a 3M product that can be used on almost any wall without damage if removed. The hooks have a peel and stick feature. If removal is needed, there is a little tab of glue at a little tab at the bottom that you grab and pull straight down and the glue releases and the hook comes off.
    • Michelle Dudley Michelle Dudley on Sep 25, 2016
      Thanks, I'll try those but still concerned about bathroom walls due to moisture as I don't have an exhaust fan! It has one tiny slatted window near ceiling right above toilet! I think at some point my bathroom was once a back yard patio with outdoor shower (on the beach). Any ideas? Thanks again!
  • Jorja Love Jorja Love on Sep 25, 2016
    I have the same thing cinder block walls in my below ground basement. I attach everything from the ceiling joists as close to the wall as I can or use adjustable shelves. I tritried masonry screws, but I seems like eevery time I drill a pilot hole for the screws, I get a bigger mess. You really should get a dehumidifyer to address that moisture problem. The exhaust system apparently is not enough to handle moisture that escapes your bath area. Dehumidifiers are not that expensive and they are portable. You will not believe how much water it sucks from the air...and you said it is a beach cottage. Get a dehumidifier.
  • William William on Sep 25, 2016
    Try 3M Command hooks/strips.
  • Gre8067331 Gre8067331 on Sep 25, 2016
    I once lived in an apartment with cinder block walls in Arizona. I used concrete nails to hang pictures and decor on my interior walls.
  • Michelle Dudley Michelle Dudley on Sep 26, 2016
    The dehumidifier helped tremendously as to decals and the adhesive hooks were an easy and inexpensive fix! Thanks to all who responded. Love this site, extremely helpful!!!!
  • Ljgordon Ljgordon on Sep 26, 2016
    Let me know the measurements of the slatted window. Can an overhead fan be installed? Anything to get the air moving around. Your home A/C will take care of it if you can get it out of the bath.
  • Jpy11082745 Jpy11082745 on Oct 13, 2016
    Use masonry anchors, spray decals with spray adhesive
  • You will need to use masonry screws.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 08, 2023

    If smooth and free fron loose particles - Command Strips - Double sided tape, Blu tack or Masonry nails.

  • Janice Janice on Oct 08, 2023

    Hi Michelle, I'd try the Command strips to hang decor items in your bathroom. Here's a link that may give you some ideas about the moisture problem.

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 08, 2023

    Mounting putty is especially good for cinder block walls, because it is thick enough to fill in cinder block's bumpy surface. It's best for light-weight items up to an ounce or two like cards, posters, photos, and drawings.

  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 08, 2023

    Hi Michelle, hope this link helps with some ideas's%20rolled%20into%20balls%20by,posters%2C%20photos%2C%20and%20drawings.

  • I use a lot of decals and transfers and they won't last long with humidity on their own. It was suggested to me, at a local paint shop, to use a strong wallpaper glue, in addition to the decal self stick and then seal over it so it sticks...but I've never tried it.

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 11, 2023

    Attach wall adhesive to a collection of decorated clothespins and apply directly to cinder block walls. Try getting your hands on some long pieces of cork strips and attach them to cinder block walls, using push pins to display artwork.