Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Penny Tile

Yesterday, I spent about 3 hours working on penny tiling a table. Have you guys ever tried penny-tiling? It's not usually my "thing", but I have always wanted to try my hand at it, and when a client requested it, I jumped at the idea.

So far, so good! 

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I got $25 in pennies, but I am going to have to go back for more tomorrow! When I am done with this table, I am going to post what kind of square footage you get with pennies. I couldn't find that info anywhere online, so it was very hard to gage my tiling needs. 

Yesterday, I was just placing the pennies and gluing them in place. Tomorrow will be the sealer. 

I decided placing them felt like Tetris (best game ever).

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I can't imagine penny tiling an entire floor. Such a cool look, but it would take forever! Maybe there is a faster method I'm not aware of. Anyone know?

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Stay tuned for my real "after" shot. If you have any advice for me, or know of a way that people do this in a faster way than placing each penny by hand, let me know! I'm curious. It's fun to do, either way!


  1. I have always been curious about penny tiling as well. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

  2. Looking good, curious to see the final pic :)

  3. It looks so cool! Seems like a good job to undertake with a few movies on hand :-)

  4. My husband's aunt was very involved in the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum (to remember the bombing in OKC), and they made a penny floor out of all the pennies that children around Oklahoma donated to the museum when raising funds to get it built. It is in the area that remembers the children who lost their lives in the bombing (there was a day care center in the building that was bombed).

    1. "They" is me, Dan Matheny. And the floor was made with 5000 original minted 1995 pennies and the remainder were those generally in circulation prior to 2000, when I installed it with the help of the Memorial Director, Hardy Watkins, and three of my nephews - Joshua and Zac Patterson, and Micheal Brinson. I was the only contractor to do an artifact pro bono as a gift back to the people of Oklahoma, my home state with the Patterson boys. The 27,000 pennies were embedded in 1/4" of 100% solids Epoxy laid out over just over 400 sq. ft. of a path that was cut into the concrete substrate of the Journal Record's 4th floor. To finish the floor we applied Polymax PM 500 chemical resistant urethane. Polymax Millimar Coatings is located in Oklahoma City. That's Oklahoma children's floor - no one else, and we the vendors gladly foot the bill for its construction.

  5. We just finally bought a house and will be doing a penny floor in the kitchen!!! I know it's going to take forever and a day but I think it will be so worth it when it's done. :)

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