Penny Floor

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Introduction: Penny Floor

About: I like to turn trash into useful treasures. I believe less gives you time for MORE in your life. I love riding motorcycles.

I did the math and decided pennies would cost less than a lot of other flooring.

Step 1:

I did not want to crawl around on the floor any more that I had to so I organized the pennies in a cookie sheet. I stuck them to a piece of contact plastic and made me some tile like squares.

Step 2:

I got my husband's rolling stool he uses to work on cars, and went backing and forth gluing down the "tiles".

Step 3:

I used a level and piece of board to hold the pennies tight while the glue set up enough to keep them in place. I learned this the hard way. Otherwise the pennies tended to float and spread out were I would have to cut pennies to fit. NOT fun. I tried to grout but with my tight pattern, nothing to grout. Three coats of poly and done. 3 months and $300 bucks later. Just for the pennies, then there was glue, contact plastic, and poly.

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When you say contact plastic, do you mean like the sheets you stick to shelves or windows?

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yes, that is what I use to hold the pennies together to place them on the floor.

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I really think this is awesome!!! you must have a lot of patience, im guessing it was a long project.

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It took me 3 months.

Spectacular! Thank you so very much!!!!

Wow. This floor looks really cool. I've seen smaller projects coated with pennies, but not an entire floor. Seeing as not many people really use pennies, tiling the floor with them makes sense.

Last month I visited the new location of Green Man Brewery in Asheville NC and at least one of their large landings on the way upstairs is covered in pennies. Many people on the tour commented on it. It was very impressive.

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I get a lot of compliments. The first thing they do is drop down and touch it then then next is whip out their phone for a photo. It is my best project yet for sure. Thanks for your interest.

WOW, I bet that cost a pretty penny. Sorry I had to do it.

Looks pretty good though. Do you know how many pennies you used?

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LOL and quite a few ugly pennies too.

30,000 give or take. Plus 4 dimes in a tight spot.

Nice. I would have removed every penny dated before 1982. Because before that, they were actually made with copper. And they are worth more then face value. But that is just my warped thinking.

I started to but I started to go blind and gave up. I can pop them off if need be.

it would be technically illigal to use those pennies as legal tender after doing this, just so you know, at least in the U.S. :)

Just awesome! About how many pennies per square foot tile? You're right, the cost of tile these days....

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324 a square foot. You can use less and grout but I found it easier to butt them up against each other and I liked the look and not having to grout was nice. Plus I liked the different colors of the pennies and grout can have sand that can clean the pennies more that I wanted.

Was the contact side up or down when you glued them in place? I love this look and want to do something similar in my kitchen.

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The plastic is just to keep them all together so you don't have to put them down one by one. It is on top and I remove it after I glue the pennies to the floor.

Your directions are not too clear; you made up the "tiles" using contact plastic? What is that?

And did you flip the tiles over so the pennies were adhered with an adhesive on the floor? Or did you glue the contact plastic side to the floor?

It looks gorgeous; I'd just need it to be waterproof and durable.

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Contact plastic comes in rolls to line shelves. It comes in colors but I like to use the clear so I can see what I am doing.

I just used the contact plastic to get them to the floor. I organize the pennies in the pan, cut a piece to fit, put it on the pennies then flip it over. I would make 5 or 6 and take them to the floor. The would be upside down with the plastic on the bottom. I would squirt the glue on the pennies, grab the plastic by 2 corners and flip it into place next to the last row. I would tug at the plastic and slid it around till it was tight in place. Then I would remove the plastic. The 3 coats of polyurethane makes it easy to sweep and mop. I ring the mop out well and try not to soak it, just in case. I have had it down 4 years. Hope this helps.

So is the floor perfectly smooth, or textured from the pennies?

I really like this.