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You thought you were holding on to all those now-pointless pennies to one day give to your grandchildren (who would be all like, “you used to use one-cent coins?!”). But little did you know that huge bag of copper coloured change would come in handy when redoing the desperately-in-need-of-an-update room in your home.

One keen, Portland-based DIY-er, known on Imgur as Tonya Tooners, used her penny stash to redo the floor of one of her rooms. And the results are gosh/wow/fantastic!

Penny Floor

As far as DIYs go, this one is pretty sweet. The cost for Tonya was about $150 in pennies (less if you’re Canadian), $175 in epoxy, and two cents worth of wisdom. Oh, and her time, obvi, but that’s what DIY’s all about.

Imgur/Tonya Tooners
Imgur/Tonya Tooners

When she began tearing up the floors in her house, Tonya came across one that was finished with plywood. So, she measured the space, found the middle, and started gluing pennies until she discovered what pattern she wanted. Then, when she reached the outside, she played around until she found the border she wanted, and sealed up the whole thing with a little garage epoxy to keep it nice and shiny. Simple dimple!

Penny Floor Penny Floor
Imgur/Tonya Tooners

Right, so maybe we’ll want to take a more planned, tactical approach–and perhaps start with the shed or garage floor just in case we goof it–but the principle is so basic it’s brilliant. Used pennies. Glue. Floor. A pillow for your knees. And POW! A transformed space!

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Imgur/Tanya Toooners