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So I have been in the process of remodeling my basement and figured I'd start sharing my progress and design with everyone.
I still have a good amount of work to do but for now I will be putting up some before/after pics and will continue to update as soon as I can.
The plan is to eventually get a home theater setup down there as well as finish my bar.
This is what I've done so far.
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Basement:

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give us the big inline pictures, you'll get more feedback and views!! Looks good!

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Hey,
I'm not sure exactly how to embed the large size. could someone help with this?
Thanks.
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figured it out.

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would be cooler with quarters
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That would be interesting. . There are 2233 pennies. Could end up being super expensive with quarters. Haha.
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I like it !!..... Someone put a lota love into spacing those pennies out...

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I think it would look better if the underside were darker. Either dark brown or black. That would make the pennies pop more.
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It is actually black. I used charcoal grout to fill in the gaps. Check out the other pics
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This is how the bar rail is coming along. Only one coat of English chestnut stain.

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It is actually black. I used charcoal grout to fill in the gaps. Check out the other pics

So you actually glued each penny down before grouting? How long do you think just the placement of the pennies took along with getting the alignment and pattern too?

Looks kool tho.
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I can't really say how long the actual placement took. I know it was very time consuming though. I would just do a couple rows when I had some free time, usually that would be after I got home from work and needed a break from mudding the drywall.
As for the layout, I made a template in Adobe illustrator first based on the size of a penny and the desired width of the surface.
As for lining them up I used a t-square to make sure they were lined up horizontally and started gluing (using gorilla glue). The space on top an bottom was done by eye.
One note about gorilla glue; as it cures it begins to push/raise the pennies. So not only did I have to glue them but I also had to go back after like 5-7 minutes and re-adjust to make sure they were tight to the surface.
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Wait a minute. I just spotted three pennies I lost in 1996. 25 across 6 down, 47 across 17 down, and 67 across 2 down. I would like their return.
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Wait a minute. I just spotted three pennies I lost in 1996. 25 across 6 down, 47 across 17 down, and 67 across 2 down. I would like their return.

LOL...seriously, big laugh! That's funny right there, I don't care who you are!

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I was waiting for "you sunk my battleship".
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Are you going to cover the whole shebang with the self leveling epoxy when the bar is done or leave the surface as is?
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Yes. I have a bunch of envirotex lite and plan to use that. I have done a few test pours and each one has come out different. I'm pretty nervous about that step.
The very first pour came out perfect. The second never fully cured and was still tacky a week later, and the third pour hardened great but seemed to have weird air pockets in it. They sort of looked like spider webs. Hopefully when I do the final
pour I get the mixture 100% right.
The pennies really pop once they are covered with the epoxy. Should look really good.
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Looks Fantastic! However, if that was my 'break' from drywall I would have gone insane! LOL

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That's going to look awesome!

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This was the test that I did.

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Any wisdom to be gained from your tests with Envirotex? Really cool idea with the pennies, BTW.
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Thank you.
I would say it's sort of like cutting wood. Measure twice, cut once.
Follow the instructions exactly, make sure the humidity and temperature are correct, and prop your piece up of the surface below.
You have to be exact when pouring in order to get the correct result.
Another thing is make sure you have a really tight boundary/border to keep the epoxy from seeping out. A minor gap will allow for the epoxy to leak out. The first pour I tested was on top of a scrap piece of drywall, my boundaries weren't really all that tight and it ended up seeping a bit onto the drywall underneath. It cured and was impossible to get off.
Again, prop it up slightly so that anything that leaks will drip onto the surface below. This way you can just sand down the underneath once it's all cured.
One last note, another good practice is to do a skim coat. Just pour out enough to fill in any voids or imperfections and to seal the surface. Doing this will get help with air bubbles forming in your final flood pour.
I'll hopefully be doing my final pour very soon so I'll post anything else I come across.
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Thanks! I've heard both avenues, one seal then pour and one pour it all at once strategy. I just finished a bartop with oak flooring and will be staining this week, hopefully etex this weekend. Hope all goes well with yours!
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I've heard the two avenues also. I would make sure the stain has a good amount of time to dry.
You should post your progress. Let everyone see it.
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I will! I'll respond here and I have my build log linked below
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I just added some of the trim work for the bar and gave it one coat of stain.
It's to light for my taste so I'll definitely be adding another coat or two.
Also the bar rail isn't attached yet, in case anyone was wondering why its not tight against the top.

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I assume you've checked to make sure you can get this to the basement. It looks pretty big.
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Bar looks really nice, unique. Nice Job!
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It will definitely fit. I made sure to measure beforehand.
I can pretty easily fit an 8' sheet of drywall down and this is only a little over 6 feet.
I'll be posting the actual measurements soon.
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