Creative mum transforms her kitchen walls using 6,500 pennies
- Emma Cox, 37, used a collection of thousands of pennies to transform her kitchen
- Emma spent just £30 on adhesive and £20 on grout
- Emma offers tips to do the same
If you love a unique home transformation, you’ll adore this amazing kitchen feature wall made entirely out of pennies.
Emma Cox, 37, a mum of two and emergency dispatcher from Crowland, Lincolnshire, decided to transform the kitchen walls alongside her husband Stuart, 39, who runs a windscreen business.
Emma told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "I saw the idea on a floor and thought 'why not put it on our wall?’.
"We have spent about £35 so far, and when we will have finished it will have cost about £65 in pennies, £30 on adhesive and £20 on grout. We have been glueing the coins on by hand.
"We basically cleaned all the coins, prepped the wall by cleaning it and filling and sanding any rough bits from the previous splashback.
"Then we just glued them on with an adhesive sealant as it was heat and moisture resistant. We then individually put glue on each coin and stuck them on. We then cleaned them and we will be grouting one them in the next few days hopefully!”
Emma has collected a huge variety of pennies, some of which are 50 years old.
"We had quite a few pennies before lockdown, then our local post office had a few spare bags that we could buy when I went in one day to post a letter as the shops weren’t open,” Emma explains.
"I wanted a mix of old and new. We have ones as old as 1973 and we have some Spanish 50 cents and New Jersey pennies.
"I love just cooking and seeing a new one that I haven’t noticed yet. We have spent about five hours on the wall so far, and we have carried on around the whole of the kitchen. We have about two hours of sticking left to go!
"The white parts will be filled with the dark grey grout that we have to do in the next few days."
Emma is delighted with how the transformation has turned out, and says it’s the perfect activity to keep you busy during the coronavirus lockdown.
"I just love the fact that the coins have history and they are as old 50 years,” she adds. “Some are scuffed, some are untouched and some are from another country.
"We spend a lot of time together as a family but we work opposite shifts so with the lockdown it gave us more time together.
"We put the kids to bed, opened a bottle of wine and spent the nights sticking on pennies.
"If anyone else wants to take it up, it’s effort-free and keeps you busy! It’s also really interesting to see the variety of coins.
"It’s better than I anticipated, it looks amazing! It catches the light all day and the different shades of copper couldn’t have been achieved if we had completed it with anything else.”
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “I love a creative home renovation, and this amazingly inventive use of coins makes for a stunning focal point in this kitchen.
“Have a look around for what you have at home during lockdown - most of us wouldn’t have 6,500 pennies lying around, but consider using things you already have, like wrapping paper, bottle caps or wallpaper samples to create feature walls in your home!"
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