Last week, my husband was reading Reddit and came across an interesting DIY project idea. We had just had a huge discussion about the future of our flooring at the hands of one of our dogs, and he jokingly suggested that we could just create flooring made of pennies.
Floor at Revolver in Indianapolis
I seriously laughed out loud at the thought…but, I was a little intrigued. I recalled that I had actually seen a wall covered in pennies in a restaurant. I couldn’t remember where (perhaps Washington, DC?), so I started searching for images of it. Lo and behold, there are TONS of creative people out there using pennies for unique decor.
Now, before anyone freaks out, it is not illegal to alter coins if you are not trying to pass them off as being worth more than they really are. That’s what my fake law degree tells me…and also the Secret Service website. If you choose to put together a coin project and are worried that the Secret Service is going to bust through your door, you should either a) consult a non-fake attorney or b) not do it. Okay, stepping off my soap box.
Like I was saying, I came across a treasure trove of great DIY projects featuring tarnished pennies. I loved them so much that I started a Pinterest board featuring them. I’ll continue to add to that board as I run across more projects, but I wanted to show you a few today.
Lizzie at The Hip Soiree covered a wall in pennies – in a rental property! She hung a piece of plywood so that they wouldn’t damage the landlord’s wall. She used Elmer’s Glue and about $50 worth of pennies. The result is gorgeous, and it looks fantastic with the vignette she put together.
I found this beautiful penny floor on the “modern day mancave” site Design Trawler. He used 7,500 pennies for this installation and completed the transformation in one weekend. Me thinks he’s a way faster worker than I am. From what I can tell, he just painted his kitchen tile black and started gluing. I think the shimmer is beautiful – and I love the risk taken in a bachelor’s flat.
Ashley at Domestic Imperfection painted her old laminate bar countertop black and glued pennies on it with Gorilla Glue. The bar was top coated with Epoxy for a smooth finish. She learned a lot of do’s and don’ts along the way, so be sure to check out her post if you are considering a large scale penny project.
If you don’t have enough change in your coin purse to cover a floor or wall in pennies, you can try something similar to what Rebecca did over at The Crafted Sparrow. She covered paper mache letters in pennies for a friend’s housewarming gift. So unique! This brings in the sparkle of a penny installation without the huge commitment.
This isn’t a DIY project, but I found it too special not to share. Rachel Denny is an artist who is best known for her “Domestic Trophies” work – faux deer heads covered in cable knit sweaters. She created this penny covered horse head, entitled War Horse, this year, and it is an amazing piece. I’m sad for me/happy for her that it’s been sold, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have been able to afford it anyway.
I don’t think I’m brave enough to go for a penny covered floor. Maybe I will follow Lizzie’s lead and cover a piece of plywood. I don’t know exactly where I’d put it, though…although you guys know I can always figure out a way to work something into a room if I want to badly enough!
What are your thoughts on these installations? A penny for your thoughts?