For most of us, decorating a home is a great way to let your personality shine!
Minimalists might go for light wood and plain walls, while somebody with a more elaborate instinct might prefer lush carpets and tons of knickknacks. Some folks even reflect their passion for history by decorating in a time-warp, like the homeowners responsible for this perfectly preserved 1950s kitchen.
We love when people let their homes reflect their personalities, and our very favorite iteration might just be a new trend that’s been sweeping the Internet lately.
Forget hardwood or tile — the hottest new thing in flooring is carefully laying out elaborate patterns in plain old pennies!
People have been laying copper penny floors for years, but lately, it’s taken on whole new dimensions as innovative DIY remodelers apply the techniques to their own homes.
The latest penny floor sweeping the world wide web might just be the prettiest we’ve seen yet.
A woman using the online image-sharing site, Imgur, recently took to the platform under the handle TonyaTooners to share photos of her incredible penny floor in progress.
According to her posts, she withdrew $150 in pennies from the bank, and began to sort them into shiny and tarnished piles to create a color-contrasting pattern on the floor.
She also used plain old Elmer’s glue to lay the pennies, grout, and epoxy for the project.
She started by measuring out the space, and laying a grid to work on.
Then, she started laying pennies by working from the center of the grid outward in a diamond pattern.
The contrasting pennies were put to work in the main pattern that takes up most of the floor, alternating diamonds of shiny pennies and tarnished pennies.
It’s a simple but elegant pattern that takes its cues from the look of old-fashioned hardwood parquet, which used contrasting colors of wood.
For this floor, the pennies served the same purpose.
Over the course of the project, she discovered she wouldn’t have enough dark or tarnished pennies to complete the pattern, so she improvised, and ended up dying a few of the shinier pennies with liver of sulfur, a gel which gives metal a blue-black patina.