Category: pennyfloor

Copper Penny Floor (Part 4 of 4): Sealing the Floor #pennyfloor

This will be my final post about the copper penny floor I’ve created. After installing the floor, grouting it, and cleaning it, I’ve come to the final stage: sealing the floor. What product should you use to seal a penny floor? Polyurethane? Epoxy? Find out what I chose and why and weigh the pros and cons of each product you can use to seal your penny floor.

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Copper Penny Floor Installation: (Part 3 of 4) #pennyfloor

This is it! After about 6 months of working on the floor and researching the best way to make it last, we’re {almost} at the final stage. In this post I’ll show you exactly how to complete your penny floor installation and product to use! Continue reading

Copper Penny Floor Template (Part 2 of 4): How-To #pennyfloor

There are a lot of websites out there that go over the various processes for creating a penny tile floor from regular old pennies, however, I have yet to find one that actually provides a penny floor template to use. I’m going to explain MY process in detail, so that you will have something to go by if you decide to take on this project!

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Copper Penny Floor (Part 1 of 4): DIY Mosaic #pennyfloor

When I first moved into my house, I found pennies everywhere! Seriously, in every little nook and cranny of my house there was a penny wedged. I found them in the cracks of the sidewalk, along ledges, in floor and sink drains… They’d even hit me in the head when I slammed a closet door.

I tried asking the neighbors what this could possibly mean, thinking it’s probably superstition. Some people say that finding coins or feathers in repetitive numbers is a message from the angels. Others say it’s to keep negative spirits away. Another told me, “if you throw your extra pennies around in your house (under beds, couches, dressers, corners etc) you will always have money.”

I’ve saved most of the pennies as I’ve found them, always thinking I’d find a way to do something creative with them. Today I decided that my newest DIY project should be a copper penny foyer similar to the one shown here

In her blog post, Amanda explains the process she used for the floor. She glued each penny individually onto the floor using Weldbond Glue, and aligned each penny in the same direction heads up. When she found a special penny, like a wheat penny, she put it tails up. Here and there she also threw in a dime. As she finished a section of pennies, she grouted them using a black, sanded grout. Once finished with the floor she sealed it with a polyurethane floor sealant (3 times) with a wool brush.

I like Amanda’s method, although I may do my floor a little differently. My plan is to use mesh backing (the kind that the 1ft squares of mosaics come on when you buy them at the store). I’m going to spread some wax paper on the table in my spare room, and cut the mesh into 1x1ft squares, using the Weldbond Glue to secure the pennies to the mesh. This will allow me to make the “tiles” whenever I have free time, without tearing up my floor for months.

Once I’m done gluing 16 sq feet of pennies, I will then work on laying them in my foyer. I’ve already checked, and under my living room carpet I have oak hardwood flooring. I think laying tile over the hardwood is a bad idea, because the wood will expand and contract, and possibly cause the mesh to buckle and pop my pennies out of the floor. I’m still thinking of the best way to do it, but right now my plan will be to cut out the area of hardwood where I will make a foyer, then install cement backer board and install the tiles over that with thin set.

What I Need

There are 304 pennies in a square foot, and I’m planning to do a 4x4ft foyer to start (16 sq ft). So, in total I will need 4,864 pennies. I’m asking friends and family to donate their pennies to me, so I can have a little piece of everyone in my new home. Get in touch with me if you’d like to contribute. I’ll keep everyone updated with my progress.

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