Coin Resin Countertop




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Introduction: Coin Resin Countertop

I was looking for a easy DIY countertop... I came across this so decided to try it.

Step 1: Preparation

Firstly I cleaned the old surface , it was tiled so had to remove the glue with a wood chisel.

Placed the new *supawood top.

(Note the fridge in the background, it's and old white appliance my wife and I painted red with a high gloss enamel , then I placed a vinyl sticker on the front. As you can see it makes quite a difference.... Mini instructable , within an instructable :) )

Step 2:

Here I added the wooden edge and cut the hole for the hob.

remember to keep about a 5mm lip above the board so that the resin doesn't spill over.

the hole for the hob is also boxed in with some old wood i'll remove later.

use silicone sealer underneath to stop the resin from leaking out.

Step 3:

paint the counter any colour , I chose black

pack the coins, I used South African 5c pieces

Step 4: Mix Resin

I got some professional advise from the guys at ABE , for instance mixing the resin and hardner in the can THEN pouring it over into a bucket for further mixing. This eliminates any unmixed material that might stick to the inside of the can.

Step 5: Not Done Yet

Once the resin is set I'm going to use a belt sander to bevel the edges to the level of the resin and then stain the wood a dark colour.

The kitchen is still a work in progress , please excuse all the clutter on the counters. :)



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Can you give any tips on avoiding bubbles etc?

I want to cast some 1m cubed Resin blocks & wonder what 'issues' I'm going to encounter in doing so.

Lekker one Boet! I thought those coins looked familiar ;)

Are you staying in South Africa? Reason I ask I want to know where I can buy resin.

nice work! hoping to make something similar; do you know if the epoxy you used (or epoxies in general) are food-grade? I want to put a bit of seal on a cutting board I lasered a design into. the laser design went a bit deeper than I had hoped, and I need to seal some parts to avoid food getting stuck.

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Hi there , thank you .
I'm not sure if it is food grade , I wasn't too concerned as I'm not placing food directly onto the counter.

First, he didn't use US currency. Second, it is NOT illegal to deface US currency at all. It's illegal to deface it (cut it in pieces, alter the apparent worth, etc) and then use it as currency. You can burn all the 100 dollar bills you want, you just can't burn part of them and then try to buy something with the remainder.

Meantime, that countertop is stunning! I'm looking for directions on how to do something similar, I hope mine comes out this good looking.

quote:I used South African 5c pieces

Lol I didn't know South Africa and America shared currency

Great Job and awesome look! I love to get ideas from ideas! ?? thanks!

I love this! I've been threatening to do something similar, but haven't reached the point beyond saving pennies. Great job!

Hate to have to say this but, isn't this kind of use of currency illegal? Something to know.

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it is not illegal. It is only illegal if you are trying to make more money out of it.

Great job! I did my bar with colored fish tank stones. What resin did you use, what was the cure time before you could use the top?



Been wanting to cover my old island w/ something pretty and I love this! Can you also do coins as a backsplash and if so, HOW? I'd love to do that too! Great post. Wild Whippet Woman

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Thank you and yes you can do a splashback, you would have to do it flat and then install it afterwards.

Have been trying to figure out what to do w/ the night stands in the bedroom. I think I'll give this one a shot. Thanks for the instructable alecvanwyk37


You have a good looking final product here and though what I'm about to convey might seem critical I have to say that I love the overall idea of this and feel like you did a great job with your final product. Given that though I still feel that your instructible is a bit brief. The coins that were used are interesting but you didn't mention how many fit into a square foot or how many it took to cover your surface. It might help people to decide whether or not such a project would be appropriate for them if they had a reference as to size versus the cost of a project. This instructible would be perfect if variables like the type of coin you used (in which you gave) it's size and the overall size of your countertop along with what kind of edging material and resin you used and what the end cost was, with an excellent example of a product as sharp looking as yours. Also food safe surfacing on countertop surfaces is not only important for just little chips becoming dislodged. Some food especially when being prepared has liquids that are acidic and can manipulate the surface of the counter and allows the possibility of an unwanted chemical to be introduced into your food. A non food safe counter surface can also allow food stains to happen like the infamous tomato sauce stains you can find on formica countertops in older homes. Just something to think about. I did this type of project once before. I covered a bathroom floor with pennies as a part of a whole room remodel in a house I used to live in. Some of the pennies I soaked/washed in a water/CLR solution to bring them back to a "like brand new" finish. The rest were just washed with normal dish soap and water to eliminate any contaminates that may effect the resin surface but not take away the rustic/aged look of them. It took something like $230.00 (two hundred thirty dollars, U.S. currency) worth of pennies to do the entire floor. I am thinking about doing it again in the bathroom of my Motor Home on the vanity countertop. Only this time I am thinking about using Quarters so I can incorporate each of the States from the "tails" side on the coins and the idea of travel into the room. Though I have not yet fully decided.

I like like it! What an ingenious way to use up all that pesky change. I do have to say that the 5c is still legal tender here and you know how iffy we get on small little issues... But thumbs up! :D

Ps. Need more pics of final product, looks too awesome.