a repost Jul 2012 ~~ 9/2013
Posted by ADetailedHouse
The picture above are of a massive concrete floor. I could see some car enthusiast doing this to a garage floor. This floor has no thinset, merely polyurethane and epoxy (via Happy Roost Blog)
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With two little ones running around the house, I am always picking things up off the floor. I am amazed, though, by the sheer number of coins! Granted, we play “store” a lot, which involves a cash register, spare change, and my youngest setting up “shop” where ever I am… no matter what I’m doing, working or not! They have piggy banks that they love to fill, so why are the coins spread cavalierly on the floor?
I tell myself it’s good for me – like exercise – and picking them up is the equivalent of toe touches, but not even an Army Drill Sargent would put someone through this Now my thought process is that I’m just going to start cementing them down, so I will eventually end up with these floors:
Instead of hunching over a floor, you could also glue them to mesh, like tile sheets
Pennies are about $1.96/square foot. Not too shabby for a unique copper floor!
Nickels are about $10/square foot. Here’s what you do to You need to make sure your floor is clean. Use a wax remover if applying over linoleum, which can be done.If you want shiny pennies, you can soak them in vinegar. Make sure the coins have the patina you want even if it means going to the bank and getting rolls and rolls of pennies to search for clean coins.If you want a design, lay it out first on the floor so you know how it will fit together.Glue the coins directly to the floor, preferably in the same direction and pay attention to heads or tails (if it matters to you). Weldbond, a tile or glass glue, was used for many of the penny floors, but some used Elmer’s Glue, which seems a little on the flimsy side, and Gorilla Glue.You now have two options:You can apply thinset (a chocolate brown was used on the pennies) OR You can apply a thick coat of a high gloss polyurethaneFor the final top coat, apply another coat of polyurethane and/or an epoxy sealer (pictured below) to seal and make cleaning the floor easier.
For the world traveler, you could make a floor that incorporates coins from all the countries that you’ve visited as a sweet reminder.