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lisaahouser
« on: July 04, 2012 10:43:00 PM »

]I DID IT...
All those fantastic coin ideas on the web... I took the plunge and did my own.
In the Bathroom. On the floor. Pretty simple and fairly cost effective.

Manflesh bought a needs-a-lot-of-work cabin in the Sierras....perfect for decorating experiments.

We put the call out for pennies (pre 1982 preferably..but that is another story) to friends. Everyone seems to have a change-drawer they were happy to be rid of...I shined and cleaned and sorted pennies for waaay tooo long.

The gross/ugly/70's linoleum would not budge..so I patio-painted over it and glued the individual coins (US and otherwise) on top (E6000)
Manflesh watched.
Sigh...sounds a lot kinkier then necessary.

Finally sealed the random placement with self-leveling resin. In stages. Many. Good thing it is a small space.
Manflesh brought out the portable fan. I enjoyed fumes.

Yeah...I know the resin is 'not designed for floor use'...but it is a CABIN for gawd sake....not a lot of daily use. 'Form over function' I say. An experiment.

The reset of the cabin needs work..but I am happy in the bathroom. Is there anything else really necessary??

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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2012 10:22:57 AM »

That looks awesome!
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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2012 10:31:08 AM »

Awesome idea- excellent execution! I love your very expensive floor, it looks really nice!
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2012 12:26:40 PM »

I am in love with your floor!  My mother saves pennies for "mad money", this floor would make her c~r~a~z~y and that makes me want to do this even more.  Well into adulthood, and I can't help but do things that still make her crazy, it keeps me young!
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2012 07:09:01 PM »

The flooring was actually pretty inexpensive....
A square foot of pennies is valued at ~$1.44/sq foot!!

Heck:Linoleum (with installation) is about $6-9/sq foot....let's not speak of tile and grout.

Granted a few foreign coins were thrown into the mix...of sketchy value...think pre-Euro...
The resin was bought in bulk, and I have plenty of left-over. Same with E600 glue.
The patio paint was from a previous project
blah blah blah.

Manflesh and I figure the total cost of flooring a 6'x7' space was less the $90. we are living low on the food chain at this weekend cabin...but this was a great change (gitit??), inexpensive and wonderfully funky.
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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2012 07:34:24 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2012 11:47:49 PM »

I have an aunt that refers to a visit to the bathroom as 'spending a penny' - a phrase she picked up in England many years ago when public toilets cost a penny to use... anyway, I think your floor looks great and I love that it reminded me of this cute old saying.
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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2012 05:16:46 AM »

OMGs someone else is doing this on here too! I had to put mine off until next month. My son was visiting us for two weeks, on leave from the USMC. Anyway, I've been slowing working on my upstairs bathroom for well into a year.

How long did the process take when you laid the resin down? I put black concrete paint on the floor already, and I was amazed that it really stuck to the tiles. I only had one small patch to fix on it.

I'll share my bathroom soon. Can't wait, and thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2012 07:43:05 AM »

I love the synchronicity of duel bathroom penny floors...and... (this is too weird) we are BOTH military moms. My son is home for two weeks from the USAF Academy now. Maybe there is something OCD causing us to do meticulous penny floors and raise fine military gentlemen.

nah...not me, I am an old ditsy hippy...my son is just rebelling.....

Anywho....On an early sunday afternoon before returning from the Sierras to Silicon Valley, I poured the resin. I mentally divided up the floor into a few sections and mixed up a pint at a time, poured, let sit for a few minutes (blowing out the air bubbles) and then mixed up another batch. I spread the resin with a wide sponge brush (different brush for each section it seemed...). Because the pennies are shallow, it did not take much resin to cover a large area. I thought I would haveta wait for each section to completely dry and thus it would take months...but I read the directions. No problemo, in fact it was recommended to keep pouring before each section dried. I was comfortable with resin as I had made a few serving trays (with beer caps) and table tops prior. I closed the door and let it set as I made my way home around 5pm I did not return for a week...so it set up beautifully and strong.

I know there are a few flaws...but no one else notices. The pennies are quite a distraction and 'something shiny'.
Yours will be fantastic. Post pix.

btw- thank YOU for YOUR service, and YOUR support of the military. YOU raised an exceptional man.
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« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2012 07:59:53 AM »

I love it!

I also love your "Get Nakid" instructions on the tub. Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2012 08:25:17 AM »

Well that makes cents! Sorry, I LOVE crafts that you make puns with, love the touch of OCDness that it must take to
do a thing like this--no offense! love the fact that there are 2 of you, that just happen to have a bit in common, doing it..also, you piqued my interest about pre-1982 pennies
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« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2012 10:42:14 AM »

I love it.

I need to think of a penny project to do and collect for before it goes the way of the buffalo here in Canada. 
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« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2012 02:40:26 PM »

That is really cool.
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« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2012 04:19:51 PM »

Oooh, I like it!
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« Reply #14 on: July 10, 2012 06:27:28 AM »

Love it. That's absolutely awesome!!!!

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« Reply #15 on: July 10, 2012 08:06:50 AM »

I got curious about the 1982 thing too... so I went to wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penny_%28United_States_coin%29)! it appears that was when the mix of metals used was sometimes changed:

Years    Material
17931857    100% copper
18571864    88% copper, 12% nickel (also known as NS-12)
18641942 19461962    bronze (95% copper, 5% tin and zinc)
1943    zinc-coated steel (also known as 1943 steel cent)
19441946    brass (95% copper, 5% zinc)
19621981    brass (95% copper, 5% zinc)
1982    varies, (95% copper, 5% zinc) or (97.5% zinc, 2.5% copper)[5]
1983present    97.5% zinc, 2.5% copper (core: 99.2% zinc, 0.8% copper; plating: pure copper)[6]

I'd imagine that the change to the mix of metals would also affect the appearance of the pennies, so asking for pre-1982 probably allowed for a more consistent look.

it really was a great idea you had here though! and it looks fabulous!
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« Reply #16 on: July 10, 2012 03:30:07 PM »

This looks fantastic!  We were just looking at websites with floors and tables done with pennies and I've been trying to figure out how to transform an old coffee table I have!  You're great inspiration!!
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« Reply #17 on: July 10, 2012 03:38:21 PM »

its so shiny fantastic!

I'm also hoarding my pennies up here in Canada for they are slated to be abolished in the next year or so.  I move too often for an entire floor, as much as I love the look....maybe an "area rug" that I can take with me Smiley  thanks for the great inspiration!
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« Reply #18 on: July 10, 2012 04:52:33 PM »

Hi all-
Thanks for the posts! I too spent many a nite looking for inspiration on the web. I knew I wanted to do this someday...and a cabin-thing made perfect sense. We also have a rug made outa wine corks at the kitchen sink and a lamp made outa keys, a set of 35mm slide curtains, a blender lamp, a hot-pink boar rug, ...I'm a crafster junky. (waaay too much free time)

Anyhoo- the pre-1982 penny: those pennies were primarily made outa copper (thanks for great chart Vanthea!) so they are cleanable (vinegar and salt)...shiny!! If you soak post 1982 pennies, the amount of zinc is such that the pennies will corrode and pit....ugly!

I DID sort the 4000+ pennies, soaked the pre-1982 to make em shiny, and threw in the post-82 for contrast. If I did it again...I would probably set up some sort of contrasting swirl pattern, or maybe a profile silhouette, or an abstract repetitive pattern on the floor with the various shades of coin...(NOT!!)
U-go-4-it and post pix!!
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« Reply #19 on: July 14, 2012 07:01:03 AM »

Our 1c pieces are long gone (in Australia) but this would look cool with 5c pieces too. And they seem to stay shiny with no effort. Resin hates me though. What sort did you use?
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« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2012 06:10:06 AM »

Love love love it!
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« Reply #21 on: July 17, 2012 12:29:58 PM »

i love this . might have to start saving them coppers
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« Reply #22 on: July 18, 2012 05:40:03 PM »

I've been wanting to do an out-door spiral-shell shower tiled in pennies, I've just been waiting until we stop moving.  I'm glad it looks so good.  I'm tempted to add some designs in nickles or other coins.  I'm assuming the 1982 is due to copper content?
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« Reply #23 on: August 12, 2012 05:07:17 PM »

Genius!  Grin I love it!
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« Reply #24 on: August 14, 2012 04:16:46 PM »

That looks AWESOME!
Love the random placement too, I've been dying to do this, just waiting for the perfect "canvas".

And may I mention how awesome the "get nakid" is? How fabulous!
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« Reply #25 on: August 14, 2012 07:17:17 PM »

Soooo great!  The perfect project for a cabin, too!  I'm curious if you know is there a self-leveling resin made for or at least officially suitable floors?
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« Reply #26 on: August 16, 2012 10:53:34 PM »

Soooo great!  The perfect project for a cabin, too!  I'm curious if you know is there a self-leveling resin made for or at least officially suitable floors?
Here is a link: http://henkelna.com/faceted-search-17046.htm?countryCode=us&language=en&BU=industrial&redDotUID=0000000KPH
They do make a clear one.  I have not *yet* used clear but I did use their gray resin for beneath carpetting.

I am trying to figure out if I can do this with a countertop.  I wanted to do something imbedded in resin & I love the look of this.
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« Reply #27 on: August 20, 2012 07:12:15 PM »

stunning!!! Smiley great idea
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« Reply #28 on: August 23, 2012 03:10:27 PM »

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« Reply #29 on: October 18, 2012 05:51:54 PM »

that is really cool... I love it!!... how is it wearing/holding up?
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« Reply #30 on: October 20, 2012 10:29:08 PM »

Hi again...thanks for comments and curiosity!

We have had some 'events' (parties, work weekends, hunting re-groups etc) at the cabin.
And..the cabin is evolving!
yeah.

There is still one more bathroom to re-do. I'm thinking Sierra Nevada beer bottle caps on the floor of the upstairs bathroom...since we certainly seem to have gobs of 'em piling up. Or..a wine cork floor. Or...hardware washers in a swirl pattern (with resin)... or an astro turf floor!

Given the variously sized peeps coming and going in that bathroom, and the only shower/bath in the place is located there..the floor continues to hold up well. No clouding, No chips. No spiked-heel divets. It is sooo easy to clean up too. Frankly...threads, dust, dead bugs, left over mud globs, etc are hardly noticeable.

It is rather odd to have new guests being brought in to "check out their bathroom floor". But, we are proud.

I recommend this! I find I am hearing of all sorts of other folks using this  floors strategy for a cheap option.  It can be done! Do not hesitate or freak out. It is easy peasy.
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« Reply #31 on: November 20, 2012 10:31:54 AM »

That is pretty awesome! I love the whole pennies thing going on now, and yours turned out great.  Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: November 23, 2012 02:24:28 AM »

Best idea ever!! and I your "Get naked" sign as well.
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« Reply #33 on: December 17, 2012 10:00:51 AM »

That floor is awesome!!!!
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« Reply #34 on: December 18, 2012 03:38:40 PM »

This looks great! If I had a low traffic room, I'd love to try it.

(P.S. "Manflesh" is hysterical)
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