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Topic: Penny (too many) for your thoughts??  (Read 24109 times)
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« 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??

C&C welcomed.
Complex How-to Details if you beg...

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

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

Awesome idea- excellent execution! I love your very expensive floor, it looks really nice!
« 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!
« 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 #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.

« 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!

« 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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