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The E-Sylum: Volume 23, Number 19, May 10, 2020, Article 42

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL ON PENNY FLOORS

Why build a jigsaw puzzle you're only going to take apart again when you could use your spare time to give a room a more permanent numismatic touch? Here's a short article from House Beautiful on how people have paved their floors with pennies. -Editor

Penny floor Pennies might be the least valuable coin, but that doesn't mean they can't shine. Even the dirty, darkened, and dated pennies still have some character. And with a little bit of superglue, these copper bits can really add up to something valuable. Enter the penny floor!

In 2015, Kelly Graham, owner of Etsy shop Camias Jewelry Designs, one-upped the concept of penny tile: She decorated her floor using 7,500 real pennies. At the news of Kat Von D's penny floor this week, Graham took to her store’s Facebook page to reminisce about her now 5-year-old (and still fully intact!) penny floor that she had DIY'd years before. "In a nutshell, the penny floor was a fun and cathartic project which I did back in 2015," she writes. Using both old and new pennies (and if you look closely, just a few dimes to complement the copper), Graham arranged each coin to create her own variegated mosaic floor. After gluing each cent in place, she grouted the floor and coated it off with clear resin on top. "I've got a few kids and it still looks in top shape," she says, speaking to the floor's durability.

Graham revealed that from start to finish the entire project took her "about 3 weeks." However, she did go back and forth on the floor's center design before finalizing. When a user asked how she acquired so many shiny pennies, Graham noted that she had gotten her pennies in rolls from the bank. She then went on to sort all her coins out, pieced together the mosaic pattern on the floor, and then glued each bit down.

To read the complete article, see:
This Woman Decorated Her Floor With 7,500 Pennies (https://www.housebeautiful.com/design-inspiration/a32407534/how-to-make-penny-floor/)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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