Painted Cinder Block Wall

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2 Hours

A cinder block wall does not have to be plain or an eyesore. Just grab some paint and a stencil and turn it into a feature! Our deck was built on a cinder block foundation, which is right by the swimming pool. I was tired of it looking unfinished, so I decided to paint it white, then added a pop of color with a fun design. See how I transformed this wall in one afternoon!

I had painted the wall several years ago, but it was in need of a fresh coat of paint. After pressure washing the grime away, I painted two coats of an outdoor paint with primer.

I decided on a diamond pattern and measured out the dimensions, taping them off. I used Frog tape, since it is supposed to be the best for bumpy surfaces. I simply pressed the edges down really hard with my finger to reduce bleed through.

I chose these three paint colors from my stash and painted two coats, letting it dry in between.

I varied the color pattern and design to add dimension to the wall. While the paint was still tacky, I removed the tape to reveal clean lines.

Now, the wall is a focal point of the pool area instead of an eyesore! Would you try it?

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  • Tina Tina on Aug 19, 2019

    So clever! It looks fresh and happy now!

  • Lynn Lynn on Aug 22, 2019

    Is that tile or wood on the pool deck? Love the wall!

  • Melody Schofer Mason Melody Schofer Mason on Feb 27, 2021

    What brand white paint did you use?

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  • Patty Patty on Feb 26, 2022

    Love the look. Really adds to a blank space.

  • C C on Feb 26, 2022

    I live in Arizona and couldn’t stand the prison grey cement block walls around my back yard. I used “Opps” paint from the hardware as a primer, then a soft green over that. I left the primer paint on the walls for the sides of the house and added a dark brown block print with a Kokopelli from a stencil I made. Below are pictures of the back yard when I bought the house and after.