Penny-topped Coffee Table

Penny-topped Coffee Table

Use Designer Kenneth Wingard’s simple instructions to change up a dated coffee table.

5 col

Pennies — about 250 pennies per square foot
(2) Quarter round molding with 45-degree mitered ends — length of table
(2) Quarter round molding with 45-degree mitered ends — width of table
Small box 1 1/2-inch finishing nails
Wood glue
(2) 32 ounces clear gloss epoxy resin
Paint stir stick
Damp cleaning rag
(3) Cocktail straws
Wire sponge
Wood stain or paint, optional


  1. Measure the square footage of the tabletop (length X width) to determine how many pennies you’ll need to cover it. You will need about 250 pennies per square foot. Starting at one end of the table, attach pennies in rows to the tabletop using a dot of wood glue on one side of each penny. Don’t worry if the pennies aren’t all the way to the edge on all sides; the edges will be covered in later steps. Allow glue to dry before moving on to the next step\
  2. Lay the four pieces of pre-cut quarter round molding around the perimeter of the tabletop, directly on top of the edge pennies. Carefully hammer finishing nails through the molding, between the edge pennies and into the table, spacing them every 4-to-6 inches


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  1. Give the pennies a final clean with a wire sponge to remove any stubborn dirt and grime. If one or two pennies come loose, just lay them back in place
  2. Mix 32 ounces of clear gloss epoxy resin in a bucket following the instructions on the packaging. Once the epoxy resin is mixed, pour it directly over the pennies. Use the edge of a paint stir stick to smooth it out evenly. If the resin leaks a little between any gaps in the molding and pennies, wipe it away with a damp cleaning cloth

Tip: Where there are air bubbles in the epoxy resin, gently blow through a straw 1/2-inch from the surface so the bubbles rise to the top, pop and disperse.

  1. Allow the epoxy resin to harden for 24 hours, and then apply a second coat directly on top of the first layer. Allow the epoxy to harden for 72 hours before use

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