Danielle’s penny floor contains 23,715 pennies and one dime (lol). There is one zinc penny that looks silver and a Bahama commonwealth penny. There are wheat pennies hidden within new pennies throughout, and one entire square foot of all heads up one row of heads up and one row of tails up.
Danielle wrote me saying that this penny project was very interesting, but more time consuming than she anticipated. What she thought would take a weekend took over a month. It turns out, Danielle did not use the penny floor template, and placed every penny one-by-one. Obviously this is something you can do, too… but just know that it will take a lot longer than you plan!
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Danielle started out using Elmer’s glue for adhesive then halfway through she used polyurethane (that was for the finish) as the adhesive. She said that this went A LOT faster. I have never tried this personally.
She said she put 3 coats of amber colored semigloss polyurethane at the beginning of the project and it came out glossy and was very happy with it! After she finished laying the last penny, she did a coat of poly over the rest of the floor. The next morning it looked dry and dull.
I talked to Danielle about her problem. She wrote me back saying that it turned out she did not mix the polyurethane enough and it ended up getting very cloudy. She said, “What I have learned is you have to stir your poly FREQUENTLY!! It has some chemical that keeps the sheen that may settle if you don’t stir it.”
Her floor ended up very shiny once she discovered the problem 🙂
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