2.26.2012

Out of the Ordinary Nook Wall

Hello, Friends! Today I'd like to share with you a grand, diy project recently completed in the home of Scott and Jessi Locke. It was Scott's idea to transform this simple, breakfast nook wall...
photo by J. Locke
into this...
photo by J. Locke
A fabulous wall of pennies!
It all started with mdf
 (according to Wikipedia is denser than plywood. It is made up of separated fibres, but can be used as a building material similar in application to plywood. It is stronger and much more dense than normal particle board.)
photo by J. Locke
The board was painted black and the outlet space cut out.
For the most part, there was no particular pattern throughout the board, but Jessi threw in a fun twist here and there by adding some coins from Canada and Burmuda. In the mix of coins, there were some wheat pennies from the 40's, 50's, and 60's and even a fake coin they received from the bank was thrown in. She also created a line of coins that represented the family's birthdays starting with Dad's and ending with last of three children. The oldest penny Jessi found was from 1916. She formed a flower shape from a series of 2010 Union Shield pennies, which I'm guessing will be a lot of fun to find!  
photo by J. Locke
After Jessi arranged the pennies, Scott attached them to the mdf with a lot of super glue! 
photo by J. Locke
The wall consist of 136 pennies in each row top to bottom and in all there's a total of
19,400 pennies covering the 9x8 ft. wall.
photo by J. Locke
After the pennies were secured, Scott applied bar top, self-leveling epoxy to give it what Jessi calls "an under water effect." Once applied, the epoxy began to bubble up so he used a blow torch to bring them to the top and rid them. After two and a half weeks, the wall was ready to be installed. It took Scott and his four helpers to lift the extremely, heavy board.
Photo by J. Locke
Because Scott is a contractor, he knew exactly where to screw the board on to the wall. 
Photo by J. Locke
The molding was replaced and the Locke's masterpiece was complete!
photo by J. Locke
Photo by J. Locke


Can you just imagine all the fun times to be had playing find that penny with family and friends? 
I think their hard work will pay off for many years to come! 

photo by J. Locke
Their little girl sure is happy about the new wall! 
 Thank you for letting me share your story, Jessi! Your family is a DIY inspiration to all!


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53 comments:

  1. I my gosh, that is CRAZY cool. I can't even imagine how long it would take to glue over 19,000 pennies. I've never seen anything like this before.

    Super cool!

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  2. Wow! Of course I had to do the math to see how much $$ the pennies came out to be, and I see they even had to call in the Army to help!

    ~Bliss~

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  4. This was interesting to see. I showed my son. At first I thought there was a plexiglass covering the wall. Very well done. Best wishes, linda

    Following along on Linky. Perhaps you'd like to visit and follow back? Thanks, Linda

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  7. How cool is this! I wouldn't have the patience, but it still looks really awesome!

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  8. Whoa! That looks so cool!! Thanks for linking up to our party! I've pinned this!

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  9. Wow, your wall looks so cool - you've done an amazing job! I have this linked to my pennies post too today, for inspiration!

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  10. I love it! The beautiful little girl's hair is copper just like the pennies! Cute.

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  11. Not to dampen your party here... but you just posted the illegal use of US, Canadian and foreign coins...which actually remain the property of those respective governments - the value of which you are entitled to retain and use but the coin itself is not yours to make do as you want. Just saying. It does look beautiful... but you might want to take down your post before they get in touch with you... Also as a sidenote, you might be lucky in the fact that they are getting rid of pennies in Canada. But yeah, that's 19,400 infractions to the law.

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    1. Meh, I think your alright here, they would have to get a hold of all the millions of people that use penny mashers every year, you know make funny/witty little tokens out of them. hit the major theme parks...get them...really nice look. :)

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    2. that would actually be my next project on a 17x10ft wall

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    3. This might answer your questions about defacing a coin:
      http://www.parkpennies.com/pressed-penny/penny-pressing-legal.htm

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  12. I love what they did. It looks gorgeous! But personally, i would have checked the value of some of those older pennies, some of them are worth a lot more than one cent.

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    1. Yes, i know, i am replying to my own comment, sorry...i forgot to add that my daughter has those same pjs and could almost be that little girls twin. :) very cute! I wonder if my hubby will be okay with a penny wall in our house? I really do love this.

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  13. I love what they did. It looks gorgeous! But personally, i would have checked the value of some of those older pennies, some of them are worth a lot more than one cent.

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  14. btw, its not illegal at all. this is a new twist on the penny floors. love!

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  15. I have wanted to so this ever since I saw it months ago! I want to start with a small bathroom floor. I love the effect!Great job!

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  16. nice...I saw this on honestead and couldnt believe it at first......

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  17. it looks great! It would have been REALLY cool to use those differnt shades of penny as contrast for a picture. maybe a copy of a famous painting or something like that

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  18. DANG... great wall but I just had to comment because that ONE penny from 1916 is really worth between $1 and $100 depending on it's condition. Well, not anymore with resin all over it haha! I must commend you on this monumental project! We are wanting to do this to the bathroom floor in our restaurant.

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  19. Sooo Cool ... Even better though imagine a floor done this way .. That would be truly awesome in a kitchen don't you think ? ... :)

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  20. Amazing! When I started seeing the penny countertops & floors, I wondered how a wall would look - awesome! And even better that it's removeable! Thanks for sharing this!

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  21. This was a great idea, I bet doing something like this as a backsplash would be neat too.

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  22. It's not illegal to use the coins this way -- http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/faqs/Coins/Pages/edu_faq_coins_portraits.aspx

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  23. If it was illegal, I think the US treasury would ban penny souvenir machines at theme parks and zoos. - great project. I've seen the floor, but I like this idea better.

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  24. Weird question... what do you do about the edges? Do you leave the hexagonal pattern (leave the pennies whole)? Or do you cut the pennies? as you cut the edge? :-)

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    1. It looks like she added molding to all of the edges to finish them off. I want to know where the screws went to secure the wall to the studs- did they leave holes for them in strategic locations or are there no screws in the middle of the wall?

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    2. I hope someone answers the questions above. I had the same questions about how they attached this to the wall. Someone please answer these questions.

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  39. Hi, where did you buy the bar top, self-leveling epoxy? What name brand so I can but it too. Thanks! Lori

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  40. Must be nice to have so much money you can just glue nearly $200 to the wall. Why not just wallpaper a wall with dollar bills?

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    1. that would actually be my next project on a 17x10ft wall

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