Sample  -  Covering a Floor/Wall With Pennies

Small Sample Installation Using Our Sheets Of Pennies As Tile

Part 1
(you are here)

Covering a floor/wall
with pennies.

We've done a small project to show how covering a floor, wall, etc. with pennies looks like and the beauty and uniqueness real penny tile can bring to your kitchen, bathroom or other rooms in your home.

Disclaimer: We do not make any recommendations, expressed or implied, about installation methods, glues/adhesives, grouts, sealers, cleaning, maintenance, etc.

There may not be any products out there specifically made for tile sheets of pennies and therefore our only 'involvment' in someone's penny project is providing the penny sheets to save them the back breaking and time consuming work of gluing penny by penny to a floor/wall/etc. 

If someone does a project with pennies gluing one penny at a time, they also have to make decisions about adhesives, grouts, etc. Those decisions are still theirs but the penny project is much easier when they choose our tile sheets of pennies.

Licensed and experienced tile installers should be consulted for advice, etc. 
We cannot be responsible for anything related to anyone's project. Thank you.

This sample penny tile installation begins with a piece of plywood about 2 by 3 feet and our interlocking sheets of pennies. 

The penny tiles can be installed on concrete floors and other surfaces too, but for the purpose of this article it's much easier for us to use this plywood. 

Sample of using pennies as tile to cover a floor, wall, countertop, backsplash, etc.

Next is what we call a dry fit - carefully taking the penny sheets and laying them on a flat hard floor, table, etc. (in this case the plywood) and begin to interlock them to get a feel of how this works so it'll be easier later on when the adhesive will be used for the actual installation.
Here are the first 2 sheets coming together...

Installing pennies as mosaic tile on floor/wall - sample.

Four sheets of pennies interlocked with eachother.

Four sheets of pennies placed down on plywood.

And here are 6 of them with the last one about to fit in.

Six sheets of pennies covering a floor.

Careful preparation and planning are extremely important before spreading any glue on the floor/wall. A job done right will be seamless.

Smaller areas are easier to handle but bigger areas may pose a challenge.

In general, any sheets of penny round tile (ceramic, etc) are much harder to keep aligned when installing compared to the average square tile (say 12x12 ceramic).

A very experienced licensed professional is probably the best choice for installation.

Covering a floor/wall with pennies is the ultimate 'change'.

Premixed adhesive is spread now.

Spreading adhesive to set pennies on floor.

The adhesive must be set thin enough so it won't come up between and above the pennies once the sheets are placed down. A professional should know which kind/size of trowel to use to spread the adhesive.

To be on the safe side, and as a general idea, the adhesive layer should be about as thick as a penny itself but the installer decides what's best based on doing and seeing. 

No adhesive should come up between the pennies as it will interfere with the grout later on.

Glue spread over plywood to set pennies on floor.

The sheets of pennies are now placed on the adhesive one by one making sure they are interlocked 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.

Pennies being placed on floor with adhesive.

Sheets of pennies being installed on floor with adhesive.

A rolling pin (kitchen tool) or a similar cylinder rolled over the pennies is helpful here to make sure all pennies make contact with the glue and form an even surface.

Six penny tile sheets installed on floor with adhesive.

Different views of the same 6 sheets of pennies glued to plywood.

Six sheets of pennies glued to floor with adhesive.

Pennies glued to floor, not grouted yet.

Notice how no adhesive comes up between and above the pennies. This provides assurance that no adhesive will be visible through the grout later on.

Close-up view of pennies glued to floor. Notice no adhesive comes up to affect or interfere with 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... dries it for free. It's called time.

Let time work on it (24 hours or as directed by installer) and it will dry the adhesive and strengthen the pennies in place.

So much about covering a floor/wall/etc. with pennies as tile.
Let's look next at grouting the pennies (part 2).

Part 2 - Grouting a floor/wall of pennies

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