Oct 31, 2011

DIY Idea: Turn Cinder Blocks Into Art with Colorful Mortar

Cinder blocks are quite possibly the most boring material ever. And really, when's the last time you saw someone make something creative with them? Well as it turns out, it actually doesn't take a whole lot of effort to transform boring old cinder blocks into a work of art.

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Brooklyn-based artist Ethan Greenbaum created this sculptural wall with cinder blocks and colored mortar. I wish I knew more about his process, specifically how he colored the mortar...Paint? Dye?

If anyone has any ideas, please post them in the comments below!

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It's amazing how a little bit of color can transform this mundane building material. I would love to see a whole building or wall made this way…

See more of Ethan Greenbaum's work on his website


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martin on Oct 31, 2011:

Oh of course...paint! One of those no-brainers that totally escaped me! That actually makes it even easier to DIY. Thanks for the insight, Chris. Sometimes my instinct is to figure out the most complicated process possible.

Chris on Oct 31, 2011:

I bet it's paint, added after the mortar dries. I'm guessing the bottom photo was a test run, and then Ethan built, then painted the installation in the gallery with a 1" brush or so,

Might have to be oil-based paint, and I'm sure it took at least two-three coats. I say very DIYable.