DIY Penny Table using IKEA Lack Coffee TableHave a bunch of pennies lying around? Depending on how many you have, here in this post are a several good DIY projects using your loose change. But first, I wanted to share a tutorial on how I created this fabulous penny table shown above. I’ll be honest, this was no easy task, but I’m loving how it turned out!

Supplies:

  • Lack Coffee Table from Ikea (It’s only $19.99!)
  • Rolls of Pennies (I used 2,800 pennies for this project)
  • Gorilla Glue or any type of wood glue
  • Disposable Dish or Cup to pour your glue in
  • Paint Brush(es)
  • Heavy-Duty Pliers (in case you have to cut a few pennies)
  • Super Glaze Resin (available at Home Depot)
  • Disposable Bucket (to mix and pour resin)
  • Paint Sticks (free at hardware stores)
  • Heat Gun or Torch (to help get the bubbles out of the resin)
  • Drop Cloth

DIY Penny Table using IKEA Lack Coffee TableStep 1: Gather your Pennies. I had to go to three different banks to get all 2,500+ pennies, and got some really strange looks from the tellers. One lady even asked me if I was going to pay a parking ticket with all these pennies! Ha, no, just gluing them on a table….

Step 2: Rinse all the pennies. All I did was throw them in the sink with a little soapy water. They will adhere to the table better if they are clean.2Step 3: Get your glue and paint brushes ready, because this is a long process! I didn’t have any disposable cups or bowls handy, so I lined a few of my dishes with aluminum foil, making for easy clean up.

9Step 4: The fun begins! My friend and I started in one corner and worked our way out. It went a lot faster than we expected, taking a few hours to almost get the entire top covered until we ran out of pennies.

DIY Penny Table using IKEA Lack Coffee Table

Step 5: Once you have the entire top of your table covered, let it dry for at least 24 hours before you start adding pennies to the side of the table. Now when it came to the sides of the table, I had to have my husband cut a few pennies with heavy-duty pliers to avoid having random penny-less gaps. For four days straight, I would turn the table over and cover one side at a time, allowing each side to dry at least 24 hours.

DIY: How to make a Penny Table in 10 StepsStep 6: Resin time! I used this Super Glaze, pictured above. It was really easy to work with and one box took care of the entire table. Once I mixed the two parts together in a disposable bucket, I poured the resin in the center of the table, using a paint stick to smooth and spread the resin. Make sure to allow the resin to run over all the sides, covering those pennies as well. The resin will pretty much smooth itself out over the course of 15 minutes. While it was still sticky, we made sure to get it off the parts of the table where it didn’t belong, such as the legs. Also, read all the directions on the box of resin before using it. Wearing gloves and making sure you are in a well-ventilated room is important.DIY Penny Table using IKEA Lack Coffee TableStep 7: My husband and I borrowed a heat gun from our neighbor to help cure the resin and speed up drying time. Using a heat gun also helped eliminate any tiny bubbles that were in the resin.

Step 8: Allow the resin to dry in a cool, dust free area for at least 72 hours. Below, the finished project! Like I mentioned earlier in the post, I was pretty happy with the outcome.DIY Penny Table using IKEA Lack Coffee Table

The total cost for this table– around $75.00. That’s not too bad, considering if you were to buy a unique piece of furniture like this, it would probably cost quadruple! Here is a break-down of the cost:

  • Ikea Lack Coffee Table: $19.99
  • Pennies: $28.00 with a few left over
  • Resin: $20.00
  • Glue: $5.00

DIY Penny Table using IKEA Lack Coffee TableWhen I was searching for other DIY projects using pennies, I couldn’t help but want to share a few of my favorite finds:

Floor covered in PenniesFeeling ambitious? For $1.44 a square foot, you could cover an entire floor with pennies!
Penny Floor Ideas[Image Source]   Here is another penny floor picture.Penny CraftsIf you read last weeks DIY post, then this would be another option when it comes to decorating paper mache letters! You can find the full tutorial on the project pictured above here.DIY Penny Bowling Ball [Image Source]

If you happen to have an old unused bowling ball, you could turn it into a cool penny-embellished piece of decor.

Questions? Comments? What would you create with your loose change?

20 comments on “DIY: Pennies to Projects & A New Table in 8 Steps!”

  1. Megan, this is gorgeous. What a unique piece for your living room. Hope to visit Cincy sometime so I can see it in person.

  2. Looks awesome! My question… Is there a big difference between a heat gun and a hair blow dryer? Also, what did you use to get the glaze off of the table legs?
    I have my eye on my entryway table for this project. 🙂
    Can’t wait to try!

    • Hi Sabrina!

      As far as the difference between a heat gun and hair blow dryer: The heat gun has much hotter air and the air flow is more targeted. I wouldn’t recommend using a blow dryer. It doesn’t get hot enough.

      When I was applying the glaze, the only way I kept it off the legs was by wiping it constantly with a rag. However, if I do this project again, I think I would probably put painters tape on the legs to keep them protected, then remove the tape once the legs are dry.

      Hope that helps and good luck with the project! Let me know if you have any more questions!

      • Hi,

        Another way to keep the resin off the legs would be to simply unscrew the whole table. I have used this IKEA table and all the legs and the bottom shelf come off very easily. You could put the tabletop on something to give it height to that the resin doesn’t just flow over to the floor and once done, put it all together.

  3. Was this the same steps used for the floor? I was wondering if you could use the resin instead of using a grout compound?

    • Oh wow, I am not really sure about the floor. I have put resin on tables before using this particular brand..so I knew it would work. I have seen penny floors online, which I think are stunning to say the least, but have no idea if the steps I used for the table would work for a floor. I suggest looking up different tutorials online or even asking a flooring specialist at your local hardware store. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful. -Megan

    • Hi Ryan! It depends on the type of resin you use. The resin I used, Super Glaze, covered the table entirely using only one box. My suggestion would be to check the box before purchasing as it will tell you how many square feet it will cover.

      Hope this helps and good luck!

    • Hi Lucy! I had one sharp area after applying the resin where a penny was sticking up, but luckily it’s on the bottom side. Depending on how bad it is, you could always apply a second coat of resin or try to sand it down. Hope that helps and good luck!

  4. This looks incredible! I’ve got the exact same table so I’m going to have a crack at doing this with mine! It should look the same with British pennies hopefully!

  5. Hi, I’m going to make a table like this with my husbands military coins. They are pretty thick, like a silver dollar. Do you think it will work the same way? I’m really wondering about the sides dripping because it’s such a deep valley in between the coins.

    • Hi Sonja,
      I think that using military coins shouldn’t make much of a difference. Regardless of the thickness of the coins, the epoxy will still drip off the sides of the table. Worst case scenario, you can add two coats of epoxy instead of one. Hope this helps and best of luck on your project! Send us pictures please. Mfenno@cincysavers.com.

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