DIY Expert Renovated His Countertop With Old Pennies… And The Effect Is Dazzling Beyond Words.
It’s one thing to turn a shed in to a personal pub but it’s another to put a great deal of thought and effort into its decor. One man decided to make his shed-bar into the focal point of his yard and it only took him 5,500 pennies to do so.
Reddit user American Standard used pennies to create a mosaic top for the bar. The $55 in pennies were separated in to three categories: pre-1982 pressed coins that have over 90% copper content, another batch soaked in vinegar and sea salt and left to air dry and polished for a shinny result and the set left to air dry without polish, giving the coins a greenish hue.
The time consuming activity to lay out the coins cost American Standard a six-pack of beer to get two friends in on the fun. The user also added a kegerator, framed the windows and even installed bar lights to the pub shed - all are great additions, but it’s the mosaic of pennies that will have everyone talking while enjoying a pint.
I call it...The Barn
The previous owner set up this 19 1/2 foot by 11 1/2 foot pre-fab shed in place of an above ground pool that was in the back yard. No power was ran to it, or anything done beyond just the finished shell. I added the 2 motion detecting security lights on the corners, as well as the LED rope lights on the trestle to give me light to cook with and give the backyard a festive feel. Pardon the extension cord, this was prior to me running electricity to the barn. The external lights were eventually wired to a switch inside.
Starting to look like a bar, and it's level too!
Stained, and first coat of polyurethane applied.
And the backside with stain and first coat of poly. Bar is mostly finished, except for the main countertop and shelving underneath, but I had to wait for the kegerator to arrive before putting those in.
$30 worth of pennies from the bank.
The slow process of sorting $55 worth of pennies into different finishes. A fun note I found out is that in 1982, the US Mint changed the penny from a 90+ % copper makeup to a mostly zink makeup with a copper jacket. I read that the older pennies are easier to oxidize due to this, so that's why I have the non-shiny pennies divided into 2 different containers.
Shiny and pre-1982 pennies
By covering the pennies in a solution of white vinegar and salt, the acidity eats away any gunk leaving them very shiny. After a few minutes in the solution, a quick dry and spot polish with some baking soda on remaining gunk and you get a shiny penny!
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