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Furniture Flippin’ making a penny table

This post was originally for a Furniture Flippin’ Contest and *sponsored by ETI-Envirotex. It was my first time to use a two-part epoxy to make a penny table. I have never done that and it was super fun!

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The table

I had this table that I bought at auction. Originally I thought I would just make it a Lego table as a quick paint and flip. It sat in storage and I pulled it out for a look.

old double layer wooden side table sitting outside on gravel
inside the drawer of the side table. A brand is burned into the wood that reads Heritage Henredon with a double H logo
on the side of the drawer is an original sticker that states the wood is genuine mahogany

Good bones for sure and I always love the vintage and original markings. I left those in place and cleaned it then painted it with a mix of Shabby Paints Dynasty Blue and Licorice. I also stained the tops and mismatched leather just a bit with Shabby Paints reVAX.

a picture of the table top leather pieces after being stained with Shabby Paints reVax

Tearing it apart and prep

I really wasn’t happy with it overall. When this month’s contest came up, I was thrilled to get the opportunity to revamp this little treasure. I grabbed it and pulled off the leather knowing what I would do. I have always wanted to do a penny floor… this was my opportunity to practice first- a penny table!

a picture of the leather pieces removed. The area is in rough shape.

Adding the pennies

It wasn’t pretty. I laid out some pennies to get a feel for whether this would look good.

initial layout of the pennies in the open areas of the table top
close up of the pennies and the torn up area underneath

Once I knew it was going to work and the pennies weren’t too thick, I pulled them all off and painted the insert Licorice to really show off the shine.

the two ugly areas of the side table are now painted black

Then I laid out the pennies again and started glueing. I found it easiest and fastest to pull out one row, lay a line of glue down, then slide the pennies into the line of glue. This had to be done line by line as the glue set up pretty quickly.

a picture of the pennies glued down and a bottle of rapid fuse glue that was used to adhere them.
a picture of the glue line made to adhere the pennies.

When I got to gluing the bottom everything didn’t line up as perfectly so I had to get creative. I tried laying it all out in a random pattern, but there were odd gaps no matter how I arranged things.

the top section of the table is complete and the bottom section has pennies both lined up and scattered about to see how they all fit before glueing.

There was about a 3/4 penny gap at one end when I tried to set them up in a line. After thinking for a while, I decided to cut popsicle sticks thinly to fill the gaps on the top and bottom.

a picture of pennies, scissors, a tape measure and popsicle stick tools used to make the pennies fit properly in the bottom section of the side table.

How did I cut them so thinly? I used a scroll saw with a makeshift jig.

a close up of a speed square clamped to the work surface of a scroll saw to make a jig to cut thin slices of wood.

Once i glued them down, you could see a gap where the sticks met.

a close up of pennies and thin popsicle sticks buttjoined together with a noticeable seam.

I used Shabby Paints Texture as a quick drying wood filler.

shabby paints texture product with stir stick in it. pennies and a paint brush are scattered about.
close up of filled buttjoint before sanding. joint is less noticeable.

I sanded it smooth and painted the edging Licorice to match… and then, I panicked. Never having worked with a 2 part epoxy before I decided I might need to practice first. So I grabbed a square bit of plywood and glued some pennies then mixed a sample batch.

test tile of pennies with epoxy poured over them.
side view of test pour with wax paper on the table and the tile sitting on a quart can.

Not nearly as bad as I thought- wax paper and time are your friends…

I jumped in with both feet and finished the table:

top of the penny table with epoxy on it and the bottom of the table wrapped in wax paper.

The bottom was a little bit more tricky than the top, but not horribly so at all. The long “open” time was a blessing a few times and gave me the ability to move everything around when I realized it wasn’t flowing in certain spots in the back. I loved breathing on it and using my torch to get rid of bubbles (it’s the carbon dioxide more than the heat that moves them out). It was also super satisfying and relaxing watching the product flow, settle and level out.

Once it was finished, dry and cured, I drug it off to the new shop and it sold faster than anything I have ever made before. The shine of the copper is nicely offset by the wood tones and the blue. Hopefully this penny table gem is happy in it’s new home.

the finished penny table in a retail setting with holidays decorations surrounding it.

What do you think? Are you ready to give ETI-Envirotex a try? I can’t wait to see what everyone else does with it!

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pinnable image of the penny table in the retail setting



(*ETI-Envirotex sent me product in exchange for sharing it with you. All opinions and experiences are my own and always will be)

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  • Reply
    November 30, 2017 at 12:02 AM

    This looks gorgeous! Beautiful table!

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      November 30, 2017 at 9:03 AM

      Thank you so much!

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    Michele @ Thistledown Domestic Creations
    November 30, 2017 at 6:21 PM

    This is FABULOUS! I have a table that would work for this project! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      November 30, 2017 at 7:00 PM

      Thank you so much! I can’t wait to see yours!!

  • Reply
    December 7, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Your table is so cool! Love how it turned out.

    By the way, how do I add my link? Do you guys manually add them? Thanks!

    • Reply
      December 11, 2017 at 8:47 AM

      Thank you Emy! I believe you add it to the post on the Facebook group.

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    December 10, 2017 at 10:11 AM

    Scottie, I love how this table came out! The copper accents the paint color you chose so beautifully!! Thank you so much for hosting, such a fun challenge and product to work with!

    • Reply
      December 11, 2017 at 8:46 AM

      Thank you so much!

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    Debbie P
    December 19, 2019 at 10:54 PM

    Using pennies to resurface that table is a very clever and cool idea! Looks amazing!

    • Reply
      December 20, 2019 at 12:07 PM

      Thank you so much Debbie- it was such a fun project!

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