Having pennies embellish your wooden furniture gives it a rustic antique look. Whether you have some pennies stored up or not, trying it out seems enticing. But is it as simple as it looks?
Will sticking the pennies to wood with glue only do the work? Either way, how to glue pennies to wood?
Only gluing the pennies to wood won’t do the job. To secure them, you need to cover the whole surface with epoxy. If you’re working on a wooden floor, it’ll also need some grouting. Finally, let it cure for enough time before allowing light traffic.
Seems a bit too much to process? Don’t worry, we’ve broken them down to bite-size pieces of information. If you have a minute, give this a read-
What Do I Need To Glue Pennies to Wood?
As you might’ve guessed, the process of gluing wood and pennies isn’t as simple. Even after successfully gluing them together, the finished product may deteriorate over time. So to secure them, some professional tools and products are needed.
- Sealant gun
- DIY adhesive
- Rubber squeegee
- 2 big buckets
- Mixing stick
- High-gloss epoxy
- Flame gun
You might be a bit astonished to see vinegar on the list. It’s to clean the dull and rusted pennies if you want them to look new.
As for the grout, you can use any normal grout of dark color for penny flooring. Or you could use epoxy grout as well. The dark color will contrast that of the pennies and make them more visible.
How to Glue Pennies to Wood: The Basics
We have a clear idea of what we might need in this journey. So let’s get on with the journey itself. Remember, the key to a good finished product with pennies is patience. Take breaks if you need, but don’t be hasty and careless. Let’s go!
Step 1: Clean The Pennies
If you got yourself some new and shiny pennies just for this project, then hooray! You can skip this step. You’ll need about 256 pennies per square foot if you arrange them in a grid pattern. 258, if you arrange them in a hex pattern. So if you have them ready, go to the next step.
In case you have a few dull and rusted pennies, here’s what you need to do. Clean copper coins with vinegar!
The rust, or what looks like it, is actually copper oxide. And you can remove the copper oxide with vinegar. Either use a solution or just rub the pennies with a cloth soaked in vinegar. Then rinse them off with water.
Step 2: Clean The Wooden Surface
If you want that clean wooden look on your furniture, you better clean the surface. In case the wood is old, you might want to refinish it before proceeding.
Otherwise, sand the surface properly and get rid of any unevenness. Since you’ll need to pour epoxy on it, you don’t want it to be uneven. Use a spirit level to make sure the surface is even all over.
If there is anything stuck to the wood, remove them. For example, strip wood of masking tape or adhesives that have been there for a long time.
Step 3: Glue The Pennies
The wood is clear of debris, so it’s time to glue the pennies to it. Before that, you can paint the wood a dark color. This is in case you’re not doing this on the floor since we’ll grout the floor anyway. Having a dark background will highlight the pennies.
Use DIY adhesive and a sealant gun to do this. You can glue individual pennies and stick them to the wood. But a more efficient method would be to glue the wood first.
Draw a line in the pattern you want to glue the pennies in. Then stick the pennies on it. Repeat the process until you cover your desired area.
Remember to start from one point and proceed in one direction. Especially if you’re doing it to a floor. Patience is the key, and get help from relatives and friends if you can.
Doing it alone might be hectic, so take breaks midway. Let the glue dry for at least an hour before proceeding.
Step 4: Grout The Pennies
If you’re flooring a part with pennies, you need to grout it. This will help them endure the pressure of traffic as well as secure them in place better.
Use black grout and fill all the gaps in between the pennies as well as the walls. Use a rubber squeegee to get the grout in the gaps. Make sure there are no gaps left for the epoxy to go through.
Get rid of pinholes in grout as well to avoid excessive air bubbles in the resin. Let it dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions before you proceed to pour epoxy on it.
Step 5: Pour Epoxy & Cure
The amount of epoxy you need per square unit should be mentioned in the container. It should also mention the required ratio of hardener and resin.
If you’re using it on a floor, try to choose one that eliminates air bubbles on its own. This is because you can’t go around and eliminate them once the epoxy is in place. You can opt for one of our recommended brands here:
Pour the resin and hardener, not more than 5KG per batch, into a bucket. Mix for 3 minutes thoroughly, including the corners and mixing stick.
Then pour into another bucket, don’t scrape while pouring. Mix for another 3 minutes in that bucket and pour on the surface.
If the amount is not enough to cover the whole surface, quickly make another batch. Pour that batch next to the earlier one. Spread the epoxy evenly with a spreader, and let it cure.
After about 5 minutes you’ll see some air bubbles. Get rid of them with a flame gun. Hold the gun 8 inches away from the resin and keep it moving. The carbon dioxide will eliminate the bubbles. Then let it cure overnight.
Question: How long should the epoxy cure for a floor?
Answer: 24 hours should be enough for it to be set in place. Let it cure for a total of 48 hours before you allow some traffic. Test a small area for hardness before stepping on the whole floor.
Question: Where should I let the epoxy cure?
Answer: Store the epoxy indoors for it to cure. If possible, make the room as dust-free as possible. The optimal temperature would be around 20C.
Question: What if my epoxy didn’t turn out even?
Answer: That’s nothing to fret about. You can just pour another layer over it after the first layer has cured. Although doing this will increase the thickness and weight of the piece. So keep that in mind.
Are you now clear on how to glue pennies to wood? Surely, you are! Have some patience until the end, the end result will be great!
Hope you had a great time reading this! Goodbye!