Woman Uses $150 in Pennies in the Most Unique Way
Photos| | By David Clarke
These days, doing something truly unique can be a tall order, especially with everything that is available on the internet. Sharing platforms like Pinterest bring creative minds from all over the globe together, and they’re constantly sharing new ways to use old stuff. Often, these ideas are centered around the home and encompass DIY decorating, furnishing, and remodeling ideas.
Find one of the many lifestyle blogs out there and you’ll be filled with inspiration to take off the old cabinet handles you’ve been using and attach spoons instead. Another popular idea circling the internet is painting your wooden stairs to look like a stack of your favorite books. Or, why toss out the empty bottle of Jack Daniels when you can recycle it as your new bathroom soap dispenser? There’s so much creativity out there, it seems remarkable that someone could come up with something that is totally unique and super cool, but people still do it. Take this new DIY trend that’s been making its way onto every social media platform: laying pennies out as tiles for a surface in your home. It sounds cool, right? It is. Though the process can be very long and arduous, the result is stunningly beautiful. You can find how-to’s for tables and countertops but, generally, the surface that is chosen is fairly small, which is probably a good thing for first timers or those who aren’t creatively inclined. TonyaTooners, however, was not interested in playing it safe. And we’re pretty happy about that because without her inspiration to take on her whole floor (and show it to the world), we would not have seen her gorgeous and brilliantly shiny penny floor. Follow along to see her process and the unbelievably beautiful result. First, she withdrew $150 worth of pennies from her bank. She began measuring to find the center of the room and then got to work. To make the pattern, she separated the dark pennies from the shinier ones and created a series of alternating dark diamonds and light ones. In a hilarious side note, she added that her dog, aptly named Trouble, used the floor as a bathroom on several occasions. This caused her to have to pry up the glued pennies and clean. She learned other lessons too, like, make sure the floor is flat and fill in any holes or seams before getting to work. She said at one point she had to pry up a row of finished pennies to fill the seam in the plywood. After finishing the main section of the floor, she decided to switch it up and add a border. And here is the finished floor. She used epoxy, that she said was pretty expensive. She had to layer the epoxy to give the floor some unified shine and protect it from regular wear and tear and that mischievous dog. It’s pretty amazing that this beautiful, lustrous floor came from only using pennies, Elmer’s glue, and epoxy. Great job TonyaTooners! Are you feeling inspired yet?
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