Penny Flooring, Literally
There is actually a law on the books that people are not allowed to deface or damage U.S. currency. Now, there’s no money police running around checking people’s wallets or looking at their coins for purposeful damage, but the law is on the books. Fortunately for one lady, the law says nothing about gluing currency to a home floor.
In the case of penny flooring, the process took one lady a good amount of planning, some math and measuring, and a whole lot of patience. She separated pennies out based on those that were shinny and those that were dark and dull. This then allowed her to make some very interesting patterns on the floor depending which coins were used. The result was an amazing work of geometric design, both inside the main part of the floor and then around the perimeter. Each penny was glued to the subfloor with adhesive and tapped into place. The residual was wiped and cleaned for a smooth surface. When the room was finally completed, the pennies were then layered with epoxy to retain their look, prevent any of the coins from loosening and to give the floor itself a final durable shine for walking on. The result is an amazing work of art and flooring production that most people would be jealous of. Not to mention, it literally made the lady’s home worth $150 more, at least.
While not every person is going to go out and grab a handful of penny rolls to make a floor, or have the patience to put all of the coins in place, the work is incredibly impressive even if coin art is not your thing. In some respects, the layout of the pennies resembles some of the ancient work see in Roman times when ceramic tile was placed piece by piece to create some of the most historic finds in flooring and wall displays centuries later. Again, this sort of work is not an overnight affair; laying down 15,000 pennies is going to leave a person with a serious back ache, blisters, and a feeling of never wanting to handle coin currency again. One might end up spending twice as much on pain relief after all the work is done and the room is ready to show off to guests and family.
However, if you like this idea and you are thinking about giving a penny floor a try in your own home consider the following. The floor will need to have a solid surface, probably down to the subfloor level. It will also need to be smooth without bumps or breaks that would cause unevenness. Once the floor is completely covered and sealed, you will still need to finish the surrounding walls at the bottom, paint and add baseboard to give the room a completed look. So if you’re thinking about engaging in this idea, it’s probably a good idea to start with a very small room and see how it turns out. If you like the results, then go bigger and have fun with thousands of Abe Lincolns looking back up at you when finished.