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Cover Your Floors in a Blanket of Riches with Penny Tiling

Some people like to throw money around, while others save for a rainy day.  Still others make furniture and tile their floors with it.

Apparently the folks at the Standard Grill in the Standard Hotel New York have a floor tiled completely with pennies, a cool idea in theory, but what's the maintenance look like? Does someone have to get down on a semi-regular basis with a can of Barkeeper's Friend and scrub those copper babies into a high shine? And if you walk around barefoot, what then?  The filthiest feet ever?  

It seems walls and floors plastered with pennies aren't so uncommon, as Paul Smith's Boutique in Paris also has this coppery cast adorning its interior.

'Paul's Boutique''Paul's Boutique'

In a comment on the original post on NOTCOT.COM, a reader by the name of The Slapster clued us in on just how this fairly simple set-up is accomplished:

"Ironically, we did penny tile in both of our bathrooms. As to the “how” of this project, you can get mesh backing that’s adhesive on one side. Stick all the pennies to that, in 8” or 12” squares, then lay it down in grids like any other tile that’s similar. Grout it & voila! Pretty cool effect, but the anal retentive in me badly wants of them heads-up & facing the same direction!"

Sounds slightly painstaking, but for a DIY project with stunning results, what's a little tedium? 

Via NOTCOT

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Comments
Jul 1, 2009
by Anonymous

Priceless!

I wonder how many pennies a square foot takes...I honestly don't know.

My guess is about $3.75 worth. (But the pennies would be practically free.)

And the eventual patina effect should be worth its weight in gold.

Or, do pennies patina?

Jul 1, 2009
by Anonymous

Looks terrific, but is it safe?

Will a barefoot person or a pet, who is in constant contact with the metal, absorb enough to become poisoned? I suppose a clear coating could be applied, but that would detract from the natural look. I would like to do the same in nickels, but I would be concerned about the same harmful effect.

Jul 1, 2009
by Anonymous

Paul's Botique

Beastie Boys?

Jul 1, 2009
by Anonymous

Another penny floor.

The Cup Cafe at Hotel Congress in Tucson also did their floor in pennies. They used 177,000 pennies to do it, laid them on the mesh then had them set like tile. They used brown acrylic paint between the pennies rather than grout, and then laid multiple of floor varnish, then wax. They strip and re-do it about once a year. It took about three weeks to make all the tiles, and then about two days to set them. It's pretty damn nice. And, as a bonus, the penny-tiles cost less than regular tiles.

Jul 2, 2009
by Sarah O
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Beastie Boys reference, yes!

But the actual Paul's Boutique is in Brooklyn while the pennied one is in Paris. 

Jul 2, 2009
by Anonymous

Yeah but...

If you're gonna go to all the trouble of flipping them heads up and facing them the right direction, you might as well go and put them all into chronological order too. And make order out of their minting locations.

Jul 2, 2009
by Anonymous

Not impressed

Try covering the floor in quarters or silver dollars even... then I might be impressed.

Jul 2, 2009
by Anonymous

Copper is fine

For the guy who wrote the question above about absorbing copper when walking around barefoot - You should be fine with this. Remember that your drinking water flows through copper pipes. Copper is considered an essential mineral and it's actually good to get small amounts in your diet (though i wouldn't recommend eating pennies for breakfast). I'd be more concerned about the dirt and grime that easily accumulates on pennies, but if you're willing to do the upkeep, it's a nice look.

Jul 2, 2009
by Anonymous

to man who isnt impressed

would you like to cough up all the pennies for the job?? And then glue them down, or do any of the work entitled? I didn't think so, so give the man some props. He has other things covered in silver too, so maybe you should look up this man aswell before you pre-judge. :-D I think your hating cuz you wish you had it.Surprised you pasted the math question to submit your answer :-x

Love your stuff! Looks great, what a unique artist!!

Jul 4, 2009
by Anonymous

Illegal?

Doesnt this qualify as defacing government currency? For example you can't melt pennies down for their copper. If so, this useage qulaifies as a federal offense.

Jul 5, 2009
by Anonymous

pennies are zinc

Pennies are actually almost entirely zinc, which is poisonous. They haven't been copper for a long time.