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This way how I made my cheap-ugly mason-block wall looks a little nicer: make it look like exposed brick wall

This is part of a front fencing wall of the house, so it's really seen by neighbors and whoever passes by..
Plus the mortar blocks that was used is a locally made, which means it's really rough and probably wont pass quality control in countries that enforces building codes.. plainly ugly!
I want to give a little make-up to the mason wall without having to hire a professional or to buy too much materials.. 

By painting colored cement on to the individual mason blocks, it looks as if they were bricks.. except for the fact that they don't make bricks that big.. :)


= if you want to try this, all risks are on your hands, check first  if you require permissions from authorities or neighbor or wife.. :) =
 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

Tools:
  • paint brush, any condition as long as there's still brush on it.. i used an old one that's barely had any brush left, worked fine.
  • old bucket or other container to mix the ingredients
  • some sort of a measuring device.. i used an old spoon. it's to make sure that we are consistently inconsistent (see next step). 
  • a stick or anything to mix

Materials:
  • grey cement, any type would do. here they also sell in smaller batch in kilograms, i bought 3 kg and still had about 1 kg left after the project.  (sorry, forgot to take a picture of it.. but cement is cement)
  • cement coloring agent. I don't know if that's a proper name form them, here they call it "verf', probably an altered version of the word inherited from the dutch.
  • water
hankenstien2 years ago
Im an abstract artist, and I think It look Brilliant.
Good Job Man
iOskr2 years ago
good work.... Thanks for sharing
hgarmorer1 year ago
This looks amazing! Great job
londobali (author)  hgarmorer1 year ago
Thanks!
:)
PitStoP2 years ago
From here it looks like brick to me!
Here in the south there are alot of homes made of block and all they do it paint it with exterior paint and it looks ok but it looks boring. Not really apealing to the eyes. I bet this will make any old block wall look good. Who said bricks have to be small in size anyway? Looks really great!! How long did it take you to do this wall? Great job Londobali!
londobali (author)  PitStoP2 years ago
Thanks PitStoP,
It took me three workdays afternoons, about an hour each, for this small wall (+- 3m wide)
I guess paint will be much easier and quicker, but i think it's worth the extra work..