Talk about a rich-looking floor design! Tonya Stecyk decided she wanted to DIY a small area in her home, so she came up with the idea of using pennies as tiles. Using about $130 in the one-cent coins, she was able to create a stunningly unique floor in the dormer window area of her bedroom — and the final product is absolutely gorgeous.
The process began by measuring the area and finding the center, then drawing an axis to follow along. Using three $50 bags of pennies from the bank and 10 bottles of Elmer’s Glue, she started by glueing one diamond shape in the center. “[I] didn’t really have a design in mind,” she wrote. “Just started with the diamonds, liked how it looked and kept going.”
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If it sounds a little tedious, it is, but Stecyk says she utilized her Netflix subscription while working on it, and made herself comfortable with a sitting stool and later a pillow for her knees.
When she reached the edge, she decided to make a border. “[I] found a pattern I liked along the edge and then started working towards a corner,” she wrote. “Luckily, there was a gap between the molding and floor so I could run the pennies under the molding to complete the edges.
After all the pennies were glued down, Stecyk used some grout she found in her basement and some epoxy to seal the coins in place.
Overall, her project cost around $350 including supplies and pennies… but the final effect? Priceless.