With all the options out there for home decoration, the best and most unique seem to be taking an unusual idea that you wouldn’t think would work, but indeed making it work to stunning effect!
Usually when you see a coin on the floor, you pick it up. This woman decided to do the opposite. Purposely put coins on the floor, to the point where every inch was covered!
This creative woman seems to be a mystery of sorts, only going by her online name of “TonyaTooners”. Miss Tooners thankfully posted up her photos of her unique floor work for all of us to check out, along with a story to go along with it.
It all started with Tonya being sick of her lame laminate flooring. So she did what anyone would do. She ripped it up!
She then proceeded to go to the bank and get $150 worth of pennies. Packed in canvas sacks, she brought them back home and began the process of separating light coins from dark coins. Then it was time to get to work!
She started by creating a checkerboard pattern in the middle of the room, gluing the coins down with normal craft glue.
Taken from a different perspective, you can see that they are actually more like diamonds that alternate between dark and light.
For the room’s margins, she switched to a zig zag pattern. As you can see, she got quite a bit done on the first day!
The next day the work continued. The hammer was used to drive in a couple of stray nails. This had the added bonus of letting her see which pennies weren’t sticking properly. Then it was time for a lot more glue, coins, and a ton of patience.
Tonya made it all look so easy, but she did admit that the corners were very tricky and took ages.
Once she figured out the first corner, the others were easier though.
At one point Tonya noticed that she didn’t have enough dark coins so she used a cool trick.
She bought some liver of sulphur gel on the internet and used it to give some of the pennies a darker, bluish patina.
Coin by coin her masterpiece took shape.
For the threshold between the coin floor and the wood floor Tonya used carpenter’s wood filler.
This filled in the gap nicely, was easy to work with, and wasn’t too expensive.
While laying her new floor Tonya noticed that its appearance constantly changed depending on how the light fell on it.
Various patterns of shine and shadow brought the room to life. This was exactly the effect that Tonya had hoped for.
The final step was to seal the whole floor with epoxy clear coat. She found this at her local hardware store.
Here’s what the floor looked like after applying one coat. Tonya wasn’t sure if one coat would be enough, but in the end it was.
If you take a closer look, you’ll notice that Tonya was very specific about the positioning of each coin and made sure that Abraham Lincoln was always facing to the right. Now that’s attention to detail!
Finally finished! It was enough work to give her a stiff back and knees, but when you see the results it’s clear that it was all worth it.
Next time you become annoyed at all the loose pennies in your pocket, set them aside and consider turning them into your next floor!
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