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Creative Mum Transforms Kitchen Using 6,500 Coins

Creative Mum Transforms Kitchen Using 6,500 Coins

A crafty mum has transformed her kitchen using 6,500 coins.

Emma Cox, 37, from Crowland, Lincolnshire, is the brains behind the unique kitchen feature wall, which is made entirely out of pennies.

Wallet-friendly DIY in the most literal sense, eh?

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Mum-of-two and emergency dispatcher Emma decided to transform the kitchen walls with a helping hand from her husband Stuart, 39, who runs a windscreen business.

The pair revealed that they had spent just £35 on the transformation so far.

Once finished, the total costs will be £65 on pennies, £30 on adhesive and £20 on grout.

Emma told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "I saw the idea on a floor and thought 'why not put it on our wall?'"

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Emma's unique kitchen wall feature is made entirely out of old and new pennies (Credit: Emma Cox / Latest Deals)
Emma's unique kitchen wall feature is made entirely out of old and new pennies (Credit: Emma Cox / Latest Deals)

Incredibly, the couple have been glueing the coins on individually by hand. The result is a shimmery, metallic, mosaic-like effect.

"We basically cleaned all the coins, prepped the wall by cleaning it and filling and sanding any rough bits from the previous splashback," said Emma.

"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 them in the next few days."

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Emma has used her own collection of pennies for the project, as well as sourcing some extra coins. Some are over 50 years old.

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The couple have been glueing the coins on individually by hand for a shimmery mosaic-like effect (Credit: Emma Cox / Latest Deals)
The couple have been glueing the coins on individually by hand for a shimmery mosaic-like effect (Credit: Emma Cox / Latest Deals)

"We had quite a few pennies before lockdown, then our local post office had a few spare bags that we could buy," 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.

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The couple have spent about five hours on the wall so far and have about two hours of sticking left to go. Finally, the white parts will be filled in with a dark grey grout to complete the feature wall.

Emma is thrilled with the transformation and says it's the perfect project during lockdown.

The couple have said the project is the perfect distraction during lockdown (Credit: Emma Cox / Latest Deals)
The couple have said the project is the perfect distraction during lockdown (Credit: Emma Cox / Latest Deals)

"I just love the fact that the coins have history and they are as old 50 years," she enthuses. "Some are scuffed, some are untouched and some are from another country.

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"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."

The couple have spent about five hours on the wall so far and have two hours left to go (Credit: Emma Cox / Latest Deals)
The couple have spent about five hours on the wall so far and have two hours left to go (Credit: Emma Cox / Latest Deals)

Talk about in for a penny, in for a pound.

Featured Image Credit: Emma Cox / Latest Deals

Topics: Home, DIY, Life, Real Life, Interiors

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