TRANSFORMATION TUESDAY: THE SEMI-LIVING WALL

Posted by Lauren Miller on

This week’s transformation was another wall in my house. Like some of my other transformations, this one is special because it is sentimental as well as my attempt to create a calm environment in my kitchen. I had a bag of cork coasters that were from my grandma and I had no idea what to do with them. I then had the idea of some kind of cork bulletin board. Once this idea was implanted, there was no turning back. It evolved into much more than just a cork board. I wanted to add some life and color to the board, so I decided to incorporate moss and paint on some of the coasters. I also wanted a chalkboard of some kind, so I bought a slice of tree trunk and painted it with chalk board paint.

Here were my supplies:

Cork Coasters of different sizes

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A strong glue

Fake moss of different colors and types

Acrylic paint, Chalkboard paint, and paint brushes

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An old frame

Tree trunk slice

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Adhesive wall pads
I first spent time gluing moss to some coasters and painting others with designs, next I assembled pieces into the arrangements that I wanted around the frame. I ended up with three solid pieces, which I glued together by staggering the coasters on top of each other, then gluing them accordingly. I ended up with a few stragglers, which was fine because I wanted to use them to add to the design. I first hung the tree slice, which I had already painted with chalkboard paint. I then situated the frame around the tree slice and hung it so the tree slice would hang centered inside of it. I then used the adhesive sticky pads and stuck them on the back of my coaster clusters, then arranged them on the wall in the way that I wanted. The big pieces needed at least four adhesives, but the single coasters only needed one. What I ended up on my wall was this:

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The feel of a living wall brightens up my kitchen and creates a very peaceful atmosphere while the colors add a positive design element to the otherwise bare quality of this particular wall. I absolutely love it: it's both functional and promotes a positivity in my state of being.

As always we encourage you to send in your own transformations! If you have a project your working on, we would love to see the process! Send an email to Laurenm@cocoweb.com with pictures and a description of your project and we'll feature you on our Transformation Tuesday!

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