If you have a bar top in your basement rec room or as part of your dining area, consider giving the space a unique treatment. You can use a collection of pennies to give a copper patina to your bar, and the pennies can be installed in a number of ways.
You can use grout to apply pennies to your bar top much the way you would apply tiles. Spread the pennies in a clustered layer on top of the bar. Then spread a layer of grout along the top of the coins, making sure the grout fills in the cracks between the coins. Wipe away the excess grout and let dry.
Studding is a technique used on some bar tops, and it consists of a metallic sud inserted around the edge of the bar. You can recreate this look with pennies, lining pennies up along the perimeter of your bar top. Then, secure each penny in place with an electric drill and some screws.
Pressed pennies occur when a penny is pressure-pressed from a machine or something heavy rolling over it. Some people collect pressed pennies from vacations or from train tracks, and you can use your pressed penny collection for a unique bar top. Attach the pressed pennies in rows along the edge of the bar top, using a craft glue.
If you don't want to attach pennies directly to your bar, but still want the look, consider making some penny place mats. You can glue pennies on top of a few cork board place mats from a home goods store. Then, set one place mat at each bar stool on your bar top.
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