These hunks of concrete might be unsightly, but they’re easy to come by and they’re incredibly versatile too. But just when you thought that cinder blocks were only useful in building walls, this mom used a little creative thinking and came up with some DIY ways to work wonders with these blocks. Talk about redoing your entire home with a few bucks!
1. SHE MADE AN OUTDOOR STAIRCASE
Here’s what she did. She stacked and scaled a bunch of cinder blocks to create an outdoor staircase, so she and her kids don’t have to worry about sliding down in the mud after a heavy downpour.
2. THE CINDER ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
Forget IKEA! Who needs them when you can create your very own entertainment center using a bunch of carefully placed cinder blocks?
3. MAKE AN OUTDOOR BENCH
All you need are pieces of wood, some cinder blocks, and some pillows to accentuate the look, and you’ve got one amazing outdoor bench that you can be proud of.
4. BEDSIDE TABLE BLOCKS
Making a night table for you or your kids has never been easier. Just grab three cinder blocks, two of which will serve as the legs, and the third will serve as the top. Then decorate it however you want.
5. BEDDING WITH STORAGE
If you’re worried that your box spring is about to give out, then toss it away and create a sturdy foundation for your bed using cinder blocks. As a bonus, you’ll also get several cubbies that let you store things under the bed.
6. CINDER BLOCK FIRE PIT
It’s super easy to do. Just stack the blocks into a perfectly shaped square, add some pebbles in the holes. Then add wood in the middle and create a cozy fire where you and your family can enjoy roasting marshmallows in.
7. ADD COLOR TO YOUR BACKYARD
Paint your cinder blocks in different colors that will be sure to pop out and turn it into a hangout area for your kids and their friends when they come over to play in the backyard.
8. MAKE A BOOKSHELF
If you’re tired of seeing your books on the coffee table, couch or the bed, create a bookshelf using plywood and two cinder blocks, and voila! Your books have a brand new home.
9. CREATE SOME PRIVACY
Using cinder blocks, you can build a wall for yourself to have a little more privacy. You can even lay some of them horizontally to add a few planters and give your wall a little more life to it.
10. CREATE A PYRAMID GARDEN
Arranging your cinder blocks is easy. So why not go all Aztec or Mayan and create a pyramid garden against a wall in your garden? It will make your backyard or front yard the talk of the neighborhood.