Asked on Apr 15, 2012

Can I use drywall fiberglass mesh to lay pennies on it, as a mosaic, so I don't have to sit on the floor.

Cody RHandyANDY - Handyman & All Repairs, LLC3po3


This will be for my kitchen floor. I thought maybe I can cut the mesh each in a sq. foot, then lay the pennies on it, then lay it on my cement backer board with thin set. then grout it and and seal it. Since I have 250 sq ft to do, I think the drywall mesh will be the least costly. Any comments will help. thank you
5 answers
  • 3po3
    on Apr 16, 2012

    I'm just trying to understand this project. Your floor surface will be all pennies with grout in the gaps? I guess I'm not clear on how much floor work and bending down you would be saving by putting the pennies on the mesh first.

  • Michelle I
    on Apr 16, 2012

    I will doing an entire kitchen floor and a small laundry room. By placing one penny at a time for the entire area would be back breaking, compared to sitting at a table and doing it 1 ft sq. sections, until I had enough, then laying them on the floor with thin set and then grouting. I have researched this somewhat, and I have heard it being done both ways. The mosaic lady on this site, did it sitting on the floor and it took a year and half. She did do it with all the pennies heads up and facing in one direction, which I won't be doing. But I would like to know if I could use the drywall fiberglass mesh as the backing for the pennies?

  • 3po3
    on Apr 16, 2012

    It looks like there is specialty mosaic mesh that can be used for this purpose. Here is a description of a similar project. Read down to the comments for her explanation of the mesh She bought the mesh here apparently: Sounds pretty back-breaking either way. Good luck.

  • Exactly - you want to use a mesh that's designed for what you are doing...or all that work will be wasted.

  • Cody R
    on Apr 3, 2013

    Hey check out my profile and post - we just tiled my fireplace in pennies (back and floor) and used a product called Bondera from our local Lowe's It was great to use and allowed us to either cut and layout pennies or do directly on the fireplace!

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