As I was browsing through other design sites I found this fabulous flooring idea. A restaurant has tiled their floor with pennies! It is beyond cool. Immediately my brain starts thinking of how I can use this on a MUCH smaller scale since I have no intention of attempting a whole floor. How did they get those rows so straight???? It’s certainly a creative way to give a warm, textured feeling to a room.
In the comment section on the site, people seemed intent on whether it was a legal use of the coins. I’m sure the restaurant researched that before committing to the design. The second most expressed question was the “how did they do that”? Good question. Even if the pennies were mounted on mesh like many small tile applications are, it’s still extremely difficult to keep all those little pieces straight. I’m sure the labor bill wasn’t cheap. My guess would be to treat the pennies just like mosaic tiles and use grout and a sealer to maintain the patina – especially if you’re going to use them outside.
Ways you could use the penny idea at home:
- cover the base of a tray (less than $5 at craft stores)
- cover the top of a small round patio table or any side table
- cover a picture frame (obviously it would have to have flat edges)
- cover a bathroom vanity top (over old laminate maybe)
- cover a window ledge
- be brave and ’tile’ a powder room floor