Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Penny floors

It is so centsible! 

It has begun cropping up so I thought I would do a post highlighting this cool idea.
It even fits with my NY state of mind since a bunch of it seems to be inspired by The Standard Grill flooring done by NOTCOT.

With a little digging I found quite a few different examples. And I think I really like the look though I'm not sure I could commit to a big space even though it has such an impact. Some people just did their bathrooms or a table which is great!

These guys did a massive floor by hand!:
A table and a great how to!:

So a penny for your thoughts on this?

90 comments:

Adrianne said...

LOVE this idea! I have a table in mind right now... now I just need the time...

Miss Kitty said...

Well, thank you so very much for sharing the really cool project idea. I have never heard of this so you opened my eyes to something totally new today. I am your newest follower so I look forward to hearing/seeing about more things I might not have had knowledge about without you.

The Miller's @ Prezidential Life said...

Wow what a great idea!! Love it!! Thanks for sharing

Christine said...

What? This is amazing! This would make an awesome backsplash...

Jenna said...

I've seen this idea floating around too and I just LOVE it, but good grief it would be a lot of work!

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The Tootsie Wootsie said...

This must have taken forever! but it looks awesome!

-Thanks for linking!

DesignTrawler.com said...

Hi there! The kitchen floor took one day to place the 7,500 coins and another day to finish using the same method as the table counter (epoxy resin / varnish).

All in all it cost about £100 - far cheaper than using tiles and a lot more interesting. Love how the coins shimmer as they catch the light differently when you walk past.

Sunny Vanilla said...

This is so cool! I love how it turned out :-) Awesome idea. Stopping by from My Girlish Whims.

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Amanda said...

I did my kitchen floor in pennies.... over 30,000 of them, all heads up & facing the same direction. :)
Here's a news piece about it:
http://www.pressherald.com/life/homeandgarden/cents-and-sensibility_2011-04-17.html

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

Hey I featured this on my blog tonight! Come check it out and grab a button :) http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/08/your-whims-wednesday-18-and-features.html

Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles said...

That is awesome!!

Susan Crabtree said...

this is so cool!

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catnap said...

Cool. I think the government should sell floors like this made with the dollar coins they can get anyone to use. I'll bet people would pay more than face value for them.

Tracy @ CraftJunkieToo.com said...

CONGRATS -- you're project was voted one of our TOP 3 on this week's linky part at Craft Junkie Too -- stop by and grab the Top 3 award (if you'd like) and join us again soon with more of your fabulous projects! :)
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Charlotte said...

I love this so much that I featured it on my monthly round-up of cool things on the web. Thank you for sharing!

(you can find the link here if you're interested:)
http://charlottelaughs.blogspot.com/2011/09/round-up-september-edition-maybe-last.html

Portland Carpet Cleaners said...

It's one of the most unique flooring ideas I've seen!

Anonymous said...

Has anyone tried this?
I am wondering how it holds up under normal wear and tear?

Anonymous said...

You do realize you are taking US currency out of circulation?!?!?!

Anonymous said...

What was used to seal over the pennies on the floor I wonder?...,,would love to try this

Sage Wolf said...

Are pennies taken out of circulation when they sit in a piggy bank for years? Consider them to be in savings...on your floor.

NightHunter said...

Very cool! I'd probably do a table in the living room.

Anonymous said...

This is highly illegal....

Anonymous said...

Currency isn't backed by anything anymore, so essentially they're just tiny copper-plated tiles. Putting value on something that has nothing to make it valuable to begin with. Now that's the crime.

Carpet Howell said...

very unique blog post. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Can you imagine the effect if you cleaned all of the pennies with Tarn-X first? None of this would work in my home but it's very cool!

JenB said...

My brother used pennies to make a presidential portrait (of Lincoln of COURSE) ... I posted a picture on my blog
http://blackhamboys.blogspot.com/2012/02/presidential-penny-portrait.html

Renee said...

Fab examples + links here!

Followed the top pic from Pinterest, but image didn't exist at orig. site, then found your site. I posted your link instead. :-)

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Molly said...

Thanks for all the comments some of you have been so inspirational and informative!
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Anonymous said...

How do you keep them from becoming tarnished? They do so easily.

Neighborhood Workshop said...

It's not illegal to deface currency in the US as long as you don't try to spend it afterwards. That's why those machines at tourist attractions that press pennies into shapes are legal.

We just presented this at the Maker Faire, here is a cool handout we did for it:
http://www.artifacturestudios.com/downloads/resin_pour_instructions.pdf?2d08e1

Anonymous said...

Seems to me this comes under the defacing of money? Just a thought.

Zahnarzt Mönchengladbach said...

This is such a beautiful idea for my kitchen floor. Looks like hard work but it seems to be worth it!

Anonymous said...

It is the person's property. They can do with it as they please.

Anonymous said...

No it is not. They haven't been destroyed. They are still there and could still be cleaned and spent.

Anonymous said...

Wrong

Brian said...

For all those so concerned with defacing the money that our Government just will print more of, this activity is not illegal.

Pennies are technically not legal tender. They are classified that way so that people don't go to a store with a coffee can of them and try to buy things. In all states of the union, except IL (One of the states with ties to Lincoln) a store can refuse a customer who tries to purchase with large amounts of pennies.

Mdf skirting said...

I really like these idea,Very unique.I'm sure if I will do the same I will get good feedback with many of my neighbors.

Anonymous said...

Right! It went to court in the 80s because people were smelting them down because the copper was worth more than the penny. The courts ruled that once you earn the money it's yours to do what you wish with it: make a floor or whatever... Now pennies are made of zinc and coated in copper. So... Ya, do it. Oh and Fuck the federal reserve, they fucked up the whole country! Build your whole god damn house in pennies.

Cathy Minyard said...

What a great idea! Love it!

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Spring electrician said...

Currency isn't backed by anything anymore, so essentially they're just tiny copper-plated tiles. Putting value on something that has nothing to make it valuable to begin with. Now that's the crime.

flooring contractors nj said...

I wonder if these pennies have value. Are they out of circulation? Anyway, the flooring is beautiful.

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Anonymous said...

What do you use to hold them together?? Would it work with nickles too?? I need to use it as a back splash!!

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I wonder how much many worth of pennies have value.

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buntyross said...

very impressive flooringidea indeed.

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Polystick said...

What was used to seal over the pennies on the floor I wonder?...,,would love to try this

Stacey Beck said...

I'm redoing my kitchen and need new flooring in Phoenix. If I was a little more daring I would probably do this. I wonder if on really hot days it starts to smell at all. I don't like the smell of metal so I don't know if I could handle that.

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DesignTrawler.com said...
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DesignTrawler.com said...

Hi all. The penny floor is covered and sealed in a resin/varnish.

No smells, easy to clean and still looking super after almost 2 years!

It inspired the £25,000 champagne label wall although I'm not sure what I'm going to do next to beat that. Perhaps wallpaper a room in $1 bills :)

Drew Slinger said...

Thanks for sharing all this. We've been trying to do some flooring in Calgary. What would you suggest?

teri zachary said...

This would be pretty on some flower boxes outside and over time they get a pretty patina color

steve hawk said...

This a new kind of flooring, I hope consumer will use it, This will come better than Wooden Flooring,that is my personal thinking.

Virginia Lawrence said...

Whoooaaaaa....This is cool. I may definitely have to ask the company I was going to use in my house for flooring in Victoria, BC if they could help me out with this. Unless y'all think I could do this on my own?

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tim riggins said...

I'm redoing my kitchen and need new flooring in needham ma. If I was a little more daring I would probably do this. I wonder if on really hot days it starts to smell at all. I don't like the smell of metal so I don't know if I could handle that.

Rose Forrester said...

I think the penny flooring is so cool. Does it wear well? I've looked for vinyl flooring in Akron, Ohio, but would love to do the penny floor instead. Any thoughts?

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Wow, very amazing, how did you managed to collect those thousands of pennys, and what kind of adhesive.

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This is such a creative idea! I have never liked pennies anyways and always just thrown them or given them away. Who would've known I could have tiled my floor with the things.

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Mike Ross said...

This is really great. I would love to find a flooring store in Calgary that sold the "tiles" that I could just put in. I don't have the patience to do it the cool way.

Jackson Leavitt said...

Wow! This looks so cool! I wonder if there are any Calgary flooring stores that would sell this type of flooring. If so, that would be pretty cool!

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I need to help my friend get his floor redone. His floors have a lot of damage done to them. We are looking for someone that does flooring in Calgary. If any one could help that would be great.

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Anonymous said...

Although from a creative standpoint this idea is great,there is an moral aspect to using the pennies as a craft supply.

As of 2012, based on the US Mint Annual Report released in 2013, it costs the U.S. Mint 1.99 cents (down from 2.41 cents in 2011) to make one cent because of the cost of materials and production.[4] This figure includes the Mint’s fixed components for distribution and fabrication, estimated at $13 million in FY 2011. It also includes Mint overhead allocated to the penny, which was $17.7 million for 2011. Fixed costs and overhead would have to be absorbed by other circulating coins without the penny.[5] The loss in profitability due to producing the one cent coin in the United States for the year of 2012 was $58,000,000. This was a slight decrease from 2011, the year before, which had a production loss of $60,200,000.
So when you think the value of a penny is only a penny you're wrong.Your floor or table comes so cheap at our Nation's expense .I bet that money could be put to better use if only we showed some concern about the next person and understood that society is not just an abstract notion but it is you,me, all of us together .
60 mil dollars a year could be used to feed some hungry kids or save animals from being put to sleep or any other good cause .

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