We've done a small project to show how covering a floor with pennies looks like and the beauty and uniqueness it can bring to a kitchen, bathroom or other rooms in your home.
This sample penny tile installation begins with a piece of plywood about 2 by 3 feet and our interlocking sheets of pennies.
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Next is what's called a dry fit - taking the penny sheets and laying them on a flat hard floor (in this case the plywood) and begin to interlock them to get a feel of how this works, so it'll be easier when the adhesive will be used for the actual installation.
Here are the first 2 sheets coming together...
Four sheets of pennies interlocked with each other.
And here are 6 of them with the last one about to fit in.
Careful preparation and planning are extremely important before spreading any glue on the floor. A job done right will be seamless.
Premixed adhesive is spread now.
The adhesive must be set thin enough so it won't come up between and above the pennies once the sheets are placed down. The smaller the angle between the trowel and floor (plywood), the thinner the adhesive layer.
To be on the safe side, and as a general idea, the adhesive should be about as thick as a penny itself, not more.
The sheets of pennies are placed on the adhesive one by one making sure they are interlocked with no gaps and the pennies 'flow' from one sheet to another without being able to tell where one sheet ends and another begins.
Also, the pennies should be gently pressed in place enough that the adhesive will touch them, while at the same time no adhesive should rise up between and above the surface of the pennies.
A wooden rolling pin (kitchen tool) is helpful here to make sure all pennies make contact with the glue and form an even surface.
Different views of the same 6 sheets of pennies glued to plywood.
Notice how no adhesive comes up between and above the pennies. This provides assurance that no adhesive will be 'sticking up' visible through the grout later on.
Now we step back for a while and enjoy the view. A big helper comes along to take over the project and it does it for free. It's called time. Let time work on it for a day or so and it will dry the adhesive and strengthen the pennies in place.
So much about covering a floor with pennies. Let's look next at grouting the pennies.