A Nice Reflection
For an unconventionally gilded frame, consider outlining your entryway mirror with pennies. This blogger adhered $9 worth of coins to a mirror's plain, flat frame with strong glue as a farewell tribute to the Canadian penny when it was phased out of circulation.
A Horse, of Course
Faux animal heads are a big trend in home decor. Take yours to the next level by covering it with a range of slightly tarnished pennies that, from afar, mimic the coloring of animal skin. Just be sure to properly mount the bust to the wall, because the metal coins will add a lot of extra weight.
Take It for 'Granite'
Granite countertops can cost hundreds—even thousands—of dollars. This kitchen countertop, however, which consists of rows of pennies sealed in a two-part epoxy resin, averaged out to just $7.50 per square foot. Now that’s a lot of bang for your buck!
An architectural feature found in many homes, an alcove can often present a design challenge for homeowners who are unsure what to do with the shallow space. Here's a "cents"-able solution: Tile the area with pennies to create a bold, shimmering backdrop that even enhances the cove's display lighting.
A coating of copper coins can turn a simple papier-mâché base into an industrial-looking piece of art. This apt message required two layers of pennies to cover the narrow lines in the block letters, and then an application of clear spray paint to seal and protect.
A Bright, Shiny Statement
Look for Lincoln
This expansive, penny-tiled floor is the perfect showpiece in the home of a mosaic artist. Upon close inspection, you might notice that each one of the hundreds of coins sits face-up with Lincoln looking in the same direction. The entire installation was grouted and then sealed with a polyurethane floor sealant for protection.
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