If you’re someone who has the privilege and living space to get creative with your home, you probably appreciate a good (and complex) DIY project. As unique and fun as those projects may be, though, renovations never cease to be time-consuming and frustrating.
But when we caught wind of this DIY project, it only made “cents” to show all of you!
The Penny-Floor Project
There is no doubt that some people just have the knack for turning a DIY home project into artwork. In Tonya Tooner’s case, her piece of art cost one-hundred fifty dollars worth of pennies (plus materials) and, of course, time.
The Portland, Oregon-based creative’s second-floor bedroom was the lucky recipient of this makeover. And you might be surprised that Tooner “didn’t have a plan for the design, so [she] just started gluing pennies until [she] found a pattern [she] liked.”
Tooner kept gluing pennies until she reached a wall and realized that a border would compliment the pattern. She faced some challenges around the edges but after figuring out a feasible pattern, it was “just a matter of copying it symmetrically.”
Before covering the approximately seventy-five by eighty-five-inch area, Tooner ran out of dark pennies. This led to her order some liver of sulfur – this reacts with copper to darken it – to dye some pennies herself.[4,5]
She was not only doing it herself; she was even dyeing it herself. Literally redefining DIY! The dyeing turned some of the dark pennies a bit blue, but there was nothing that Tooner could do about that. After finishing the pattern, she filled the gaps and crevasses with charcoal-colored grout and covered it entirely with several layers of clear, garage floor epoxy. And while the floor can get cold, it “feels more like a plastic cold than a metal cold.”[6,7]
Tooner shared that there was “no smell after sealing them. My hands did smell like copper for…two days after each time I worked on [the floor].”
The Penny Project Breakdown
10 bottles of Elmer’s glue
It totaled, said Tooner, “about $350 in the end.” Did it take time? In this case, a few months. But when you consider how expensive getting new floors can be, alternatives like the Penny Floor are pretty attractive.
Basic Instructions for Your Penny Floor
There are a few ways to go about this DIY project, but they all tend to be similar. You can try these 7 Steps to a DIY Penny Floor, or this 9-step version. Before you start, you can watch these videos to get a feel for what you’re in for!