It seems that there are many creative and patient people somewhere in the world, with spare pennies and even more free time. I don’t think I would do the entire floor in my house like this, but a piece of Penny Floor would do in Handimania’s workshop.
We have found several photos of mosaic coin floors from around the net to inspire you for this time consuming, however, calming project. Don’t feel lost looking at those pictures, though, as we decided to give you some tips and tricks on how to arrange this awesome floor.
Would you give this idea a go? Do you have any experience with this type of flooring? Share your thoughts and tips in comments below!
Tips, Tricks and Preparation to create your own Penny Floor
Remember! This type of floor is suitable only for those who don’t mind working with some polyurethane, epoxy sealer and glue. If you are allergic to any, or simply don’t want to walk on artificial substances, quit the idea.
First of all you need to apply all coins on the clean floor without any greasy coat. I would use vinegar and baking soda to clean it instead of any ordinary washing liquids.
The best effect is with naturally patinated coins, but if you need them to shine, again vinegar would do. Just soak them in for some time.
If you consider this mosaic not standing out enough, think of some pattern with both yellow and silver coins. Prepare the design first on the floor to avoid mistakes!
Start gluing pennies directly onto the floor. Some sources say that people used glass glue, Weldbond or Elmer’s glue – experiment!
You can either apply a thick coat of gloss polyurethane, or thinset in any dark color.
If you are not fond of cleaning floors too often, put another coat of polyurethane on the finished work together with epoxy sealer. These two chemicals will make it easier to clean, but I wouldn’t recommend them as safe, especially with kids crawling on your floor.