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Penny Fireplace: A Penny for your thoughts?

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 Weeks Cost: $200 Difficulty: Medium
  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Apr 3, 2013

    That is SO cool!

  • Marla Rafuse
    Marla Rafuse
    on Aug 3, 2013

    Wow!! That looks awesome!

  • Amber
    Amber Catlettsburg, KY
    on Aug 15, 2013

    This is incredible! Can I ask how you obtained the pennies? did you get fresh ones from the bank or did you clean up your spare change? I have an old gas fireplace in my home & would like to do the same thing.

  • Cody R
    Cody R West Point, GA
    on Aug 15, 2013

    Thanks @Amber - you can go to any bank and buy a box of pennies $25 per box. The pennies are just rolled by them so they are never all new, they will be a good mix of old + new. We had some that were really old or tarnished so we didn't use those. We purchaed 3 boxes and used 2 1/2 so we just returned the rolled pennies not used to cash them back out :)

  • Amber
    Amber Catlettsburg, KY
    on Aug 15, 2013

    Very cool! I had no idea you could buy them by the boxful. Thank you so much. Is the fireplace functioning? Only one of the two I have work, if we can get working gas logs. is the poly urethane heat resistant that you know of?

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