Penny Floor Success!

From failure to success.

The Final Result

It’s been months since I finished the penny floor in our new upstairs bathroom but I haven’t shared the result yet–so sorry! We have been working hard on the exterior stuff like stairs, porches, shingles and landscaping.

I thought everyone must have forgotten, but a neighbour (I assume) was walking by last week and asked, “did you finish the penny floor?” Yikes, the world is watching. We are in a bubble.

So here is the final chapter in the story. This is the happy ending.

I don’t think I have to write much here because I totally geeked out on this topic in the first two posts about the penny floor (especially in Part 2 which includes videos ad nauseam and links to other Penny Floor advice I checked out before I tried ours).

Part 1: Penny Floor!

Part 2: Penny Floor Fail

So now, behold Part 3: Penny Floor Success!

In which I mix the two parts of Epoxy together and pour it on the floor, making sure it gets into the corners and does not get any bubbles in it and all the while recording it with a camcorder AND a time-lapse app on my iPhone 4S. Enjoy!

If you haven’t got a few minutes to watch the very entertaining video, here is the story in photos.

You may remember that after all the work of patterning and laying pennies, the stupid polyurethane coat I put on made it look like pants (Australian expression, I’m told, meaning “sucky”).

Well that sucks.

Fortunately (?), a few days later the coating started flaking off!

The pennies were brighter underneath but the pattern of light and darker pennies was all but lost.

We spent a lot of obsessive time peeling the pennies which resulted in this:

I was especially sad that Leanne’s diamond pattern which shows the points of the compass was dimmed:

The compass is still visible–just.

But after the Epoxy coating we all felt better. I just wish I had used Epoxy the first time!

Finally, here is a gallery of the main stages of the floor:

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James Rowley

James lives in Maple Ridge, BC, Canada with his amazing partner, Leanne Koehn, and their two amazing kids in their beautiful house. He studied Science and English Literature at the University of British Columbia where he met Leanne. He also studied acting for a while at Studio 58 in Vancouver. He works as a teacher of English and curriculum writer for new Canadians.

2 thoughts on “Penny Floor Success!”

  1. I know this is old but I just had this problem. Spent hours obsessively laying out my penny floor, grouting it etc. Then for some reason I foolishly applied water-based polyurethane and just like you, the poly started peeling off as soon as I finished applying it. I was borderline suicidal but fortunately that didn’t last. Now I’m in the process of picking all the polyurethane off my pennies.
    If you see this, how did you get the poly off that didn’t want to just pop off the pennies??

    1. I’m so sorry you’re going through this Lise!
      I used wooden chopsticks from takeout if I recall. I think you can relax a bit in that if it’s not coming off easily it will stay there when you pour on the epoxy.

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