I live in Arizona just outside Phoenix, the backyard almost every home here
is surrounded by a cinderblock wall, I have seen very few of these wall
finished on the inside perimeter. It is ugly, my back yard is landscaped
quite nicely , but the wall is unsightly. I have decided to finish out the
wall in some manner.
My first thought was just to paint it with a flat latex house paint in an
earth tone of some sort. But that would still leave the texture of the
blocks and seams.
What I would really like to do is run a thin layer of stucco or mortar over
the wall sections to get a "smooth" finish THEN paint it. I know these walls
can move so I am concerned with cracking of the finish coat.
Why not 'hide' it? Trellis with climbing plants, Plants on top that would
drape down over the wall, fencing, shrubs etc... Paint nature scenes (sky,
trees etc...) and people will see the picture and not the wall.
We had a similar span of wall at the home we owned in Queen Creek. We
painted the entire wall with a flat concrete paint in a medium brown
color, then planted bouganvilla at 3 foot intervals. After 3 years the
entire wall was covered. A lot less money then stucco and very colorful.
I have heard it called mortar wash. I had it done to one of my homes in
Phoenix when I did the house. Once painted it looked great. Hire some one
that has done it before. They will know what to do and how to do it.
I just bought an newer home and plan on doing the same thing to this home. I
have beautiful views of the mountains. The lines just are the pits.
My last home had over 1500 feet of fence. I painted it, took 3 coats to get
it looking right.
I would like to try some faux painting once I get the walls smoother.. Maybe
some clouds at the top with earth tones toward the bottom... Still living in
boxes so it just a dream at this point.
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