Want a Unique Flooring Option? Think About Using Pennies

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If you want to create a really unique floor in your home, you might want to think about the coins in your pockets. You can take all those pennies and turn them into a floor that will be the talk of all your friends. Here's a quick look at how you can create epoxy flooring with pennies. 

Collect Your Coins

The very first thing you should do is start collecting your coins. To do that, you need to figure out how many pennies you need. Figure the square footage of your room. For a square or rectangular room, you will need to multiply the length of the room times the width of the room. If your room is oddly shaped, then you can find a central square or rectangle and take those measurements, and then measure the oddly shaped areas of the room and find their area and add all the numbers together. 

Once you know the square footage, it's time to get your coins. It's going to take 250-300 pennies per square foot. For a big room, that's going to be a lot of pennies. Start asking your friends and family if you can take their pennies. Go to your bank and change dollars for pennies. It may take a while, but you will eventually have as many as you need. 

Figure Out Your Pattern

Once you have your pennies, it's time to start figuring out what you want your floor to look like. Before you actually start laying your pennies, draw out what you want. You can make patterns by choosing what side of the coin is facing up, as well as varying clean, bright pennies or darker, dirtier pennies. You can pick out a small area and start laying out your pattern to see if that's what you want.  

Laying the Floor

Before you do anything, you are going to need to prepare the surface. Clean your floor very well. You don't want any dirt on it or it will prevent the pennies from laying flat. If your space is large, you may want to do part of the floor at a time.

Then, it's time to call in your troops. Ask your friends or family to come help you. There are different ways you can do it. One is that you can lay the pennies directly on the floor, or you can make 12"x12" frames and set the pattern in the frame. If you do it that way, then you will need some clear contact paper to spread over the pennies so that you can transfer them safely to the floor. Whatever you choose, work in small areas. You don't want the glue you need to hold the pennies down to dry. It may take a few days to get the full area done, which means you are going to want to block that entire area off so nothing disturbs the pennies. 

Epoxy the Floor

When all the pennies are laid down and your pattern is finished, you want to make sure that it's going to stay that way. The best way to do that is with an epoxy resin or epoxy paint. The epoxy will fill all the spaces and make sure that your pennies don't move. Once you start with the epoxy, you are going to want to keep going; when the first layer dries, immediately put down a second.