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Woman glues $150 worth of pennies to her ugly floor and creates this unbelievable design


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[1] case, her piece of art cost one-hundred fifty dollars worth of pennies (plus materials) and, of course, time.

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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.”[2]

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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.”[3]

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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]

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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].”[8]

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The Penny Project Breakdown

  • 13,000 pennies

  • 10 bottles of Elmer’s glue

  • Wood filler

  • Grout

  • Epoxy

It totaled, said Tooner, “about $350 in the end.”[9] Did it take time? In this case, a few months.[10] 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!