In my garden I had a really ugly concrete block wall. I pondered different ideas of what to do with it. Between the brown on the house, the brown wood chips, the brown fence AND the brown wall, it was an overload of beige.
I've been adding color to my garden with flowers, pots, our blue picket fence and white roses, some patio chairs with bright colored pillows, but it wasn't enough to outweigh the ugly brown wall. And since I can't paint the fence or the house, the one thing I could do was paint the block wall.
I went through days were I thought a bright yellow would be cute, or a teal blue. But then I got to thinking that might be too much. Too bright, too overwhelming. So after some thinking and searching online, I fell in love with the idea of painting it to look like white subway tile with grey grout. YES! YES! YES! That's what I settled on and set out to accomplish.
It wasn't a quick process and definitely not fun, but the end result came out perfect! Just what I wanted.
1. First I painted the wall white with a Masonry paint. It took 2 coats and it took the use of a brush, a roller and a few smaller brushes in order to scrub the paint into the grout lines, which was a bit challenging, since all of the grout lines were different sizes.
2. Next I had to wait for it to dry, which didn't take long and I had to wait for it to cool down. Of course I decided to do this project on a warm April weekend. At least I could relax in my garden and watch S play while I took my breaks from painting.
3. And then came the grout. I started at one end and just kept going. I had several small painters brushes that I switched between since the grouts were different shapes and sizes as I went along. After several hours of painting it was done!
So happy that it is done, and I LOVE how it turned out. Eventually I might plant some climbing flowers there but for now I'm just going to enjoy the fun look of our now beautiful block wall!