Austin tile installer creates custom floor with surface made of pennies
When Georgetown, Texas, Angie’s List member Laurie Eaton and her husband, Ken, were renovating their home, they stumbled upon a unique flooring design that they wanted to try in their entry. The Eatons discovered a New York City bar with a penny floor while searching the Internet. “We just knew it would add a dash of class, and it would be perfect for our unusually shaped entry,” Laurie says.
The Eatons obtained the pennies for the floor from a generous neighbor who had plenty to spare. Laurie says they planned for the penny floor to have an unplanned look. “We decided on the rustic look, not caring if the pennies were black or bright, heads or tails,” Laurie says.
Finding a contractor to do the work proved difficult for the Eatons. “Most flooring professionals were not interested because they had never heard of a penny floor, and we would not be purchasing flooring,” Laurie says. Finally, Steve Robinson, owner of highly rated Steven Robinson Tile & Stone of Austin, Texas, agreed to help the Eatons with their project as long as the Eatons would help glue the 8,478 pennies to the 20 mesh penny tiles.
This arrangement saved Robinson time and saved the Eatons money. The project cost $950. “It took awhile for the three of us to complete our parts of the project, but it’s been well worth it,” Laurie says. “[I enjoy] seeing the pennies glowing in the sunshine or lamplight.”