Penny Fireplace: A Penny for your thoughts?

Neat Home Ideas 03.20.15
We have a lovely house here in southern Georgia with 4 original coal fireplaces. The tile in our dining room fireplace was old and badly damaged so after some Google inspiration and pricing new tiles, we went with pennies!! Check out our penny fireplace +the custom R for our last name. This was all majorly impart to our friend Dirk who is the expert when it comes to tile work and remodeling things.

Every other penny is fliped head to bottom with some treasure hunts along the way ;)

A littleless than 5400 pennies, reused base molding, Bondera used for the penny adhesive,brown grout, and 2 coats of poly urethane.

Time: 1 Week Cost: $200 Difficulty: Moderate
  • Nancy Eckerle
    Nancy Eckerle Jasper, IN
    My niece is an artist and she deals a lot with pennies.

    Check her out: - awesome young artist!!

  • Jean Lingle-mosher
    Jean Lingle-mosher Fairgrove, MI
  • MJ Aured
    MJ Aured Tuscaloosa, AL
    Have seen a bar use Pennies on the upper half of its walls. Place is Flying Saucer in Nashville. Made for interesting backplash behind bar too!
  • James Betts
    James Betts Atlanta, GA
    I've seen pennies used in counter tops, tables, floors - but this is my favorite. I've wanted to do "something" in pennies but wasn't exactly sure what. I think my fireplace - which previous owners tiled in FLOOR TILES (yuck!) would be perfect!
  • Esther McRae
    Esther McRae Seattle, WA
    Is that wire mesh that is used for a backing ? Our fireplace needs "re-fronting." I have lots of saved pennies,but I was thinking of using pretty stones (rocks. I may do this instead.
    • Cody R
      Cody R West Point, GA
      Esther McRae we took up all the old tile, behind that was the original concrete hearth so we drilled down quater inch plywood to have a flat surface. Then we used a product
  • Carole
    Carole Madison, GA
    I love it! How clever!
  • Janet Fetting
    Awesome! And it will last and look great forever.
  • Brenda Seelbach
    Brenda Seelbach League City, TX
    This is really great!!
  • Fastnacht Shavout
    i think this should be sold at home improvement stores, because it looks so much nicer than tiles or laminate flooring!!
    • Cody R
      Cody R West Point, GA
      Fastnacht Shavout I agree!! We priced buying the premade penny tiles from various stores online but they are asking around $10-15 per sq ft which is way too much if you
  • Theresa K
    Theresa K Savage, MN
    Absolutely beautiful!!
  • Crystal N
    Crystal N Savannah, GA
    great job!
  • Pamela Langone
    Pamela Langone Princeton, IL
    Looks great
  • Katie
    Katie Canada
    Just beautiful! I love it!!
  • Dyane Hayes
    Dyane Hayes Thoreau, NM
    Did you use a special polyurethane that is heat resistant? I am afraid it might melt after all that work!
  • AvonelleRed
    AvonelleRed Montgomery, AL
    That looks amazing! Well done.
Cody R