A Penny Desk

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Here is how to create an awesome epoxied desk 
using pennies.

This is a project done entirely by my oldest daughter Kasey whose creativity never ceases to amaze me.

My oldest daughter stopped over one day and asked me to cut a piece of wood for her with my circular saw.

I was ready...

Cutting the wood and adding a piece of molding to the edge was my only part in this amazing project.

Kasey took the board back to her apartment and got to work.

First she painted the board black.

Then she covered the board with pennies.

Lot's of pennies!

So many pennies in fact that she had to go back to the bank 3 times. 

On the front edge of the desk, she bent pennies at a right angle with a plier so they would go around the corner... 

Yes she did!

On the edges of the desk she used a wire cutter and cut pennies in half so they would fit perfectly along the edge.

When the glue dried, the desk was coated with epoxy called Parks Super Glaze and it is available at Home Depot.

Following the directions very carefully, she gave the table
3 coats of epoxy.

The finish is now smooth as glass and amazingly awesome!

The table will be supported in an alcove with a black filing cabinet on one side and legs on the other.

An amazing job if I do say so!

What could you cover with pennies? 
A kitchen countertop? A dresser? 

This project was featured on Bobvila.com.

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  1. Ah the apple doesn't fall far from the tree! Love how you helped and shared in the cutting process, passing on the DIY spirit and skill is priceless and this project is proof.

  2. Wow, your daughter is amazing - this is so creative, unique, and quite a show stopper. You must be so proud!
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  3. I saw someone do a bathroom floor in pennies and then they used copper spray painted fixtures. Ever since I've been smitten. Those are some great ideas on the desk. I never would have thought of bending the pennies for the edges. Great job!

  4. Beautifully done! I am thinking of recovering my kitchen island in pennies. This is great motivation!

  5. beautiful job Kasey! :) Love that you bent the pennies and cut them to fit.

    I'm wondering what kind of epoxy you used. I want to do that to a game table.


  6. A chip off the old block...:o))) Nice job Kasey!

  7. This is SO cool! Great work, Kasey. This is something I'd love to try someday!

  8. WOW!! That's amazing!! Sounds like she's taking after her mom in the "creative" and "resourceful" categories :)

  9. This is amazing! I love it!
    Kasey did a wonderful job.

  10. Did you ask her to come home and cover something for you in pennies since she has all the know how? Tell her you want something vertical just to see the expression on her face.

  11. Thank you for this idea! I've been trying to figure out what to do with the top of my sales counter at my shop. I think this is perfect and maybe I can work in foreign coins that tourists have been giving me.

  12. Very impressive, Kasey! I am sure you have made your Mom proud!

  13. Wow, absolutely gorgeous! Great idea, Kasey, to bend [& cut] the edge pennies -- brings a whole new level of style to the artwork. My plan for pennies is for my kitchen backsplash -- a sort of copper path running through epoxied glass pieces leftover from my stained glass work. Thanks for the great tutorial, Susan. ;-)

  14. Wow, this is creative! This is one of those conversation pieces! That epoxy coat looks amazing!


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