Give your coffee table a perfect makeover using pennies

DIY Penny Top Coffee Table
DIY Penny Top Coffee Table

What’s the use of a penny in today’s economy? Let’s face it… there’s not much you can buy for a penny nowadays. In fact, I’m not sure there’s anything under about 5 cents!

The U.S. government has been talking about doing away with the copper-plated coin for years. They have made no progress so far. In fact, the US Mint spent 1.5 cents for each penny it produced in 2016, making the cost of every penny 50 percent higher than its actual value.

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Do you have an old side table that has seen better days, but you don’t want to throw it away? Here’s a fun way to revive it! You literally only need a few pennies to do this furniture makeover project. Forget conventional finishes like paint or varnish for a while. 🙂

Simply buy an old, plain, or boring but decent table from a local thrift store. Then use all those coins to create your own penny coffee table!

DIY Penny Top Coffee Table - Pennies on Table

If you don’t like the idea of using coins, you can also use dominoes, bottle tops, toy building blocks, or anything else that takes your fancy. It’s a great project (with a bit of a challenge) that you can accomplish in a weekend, and it will give your old table a total makeover.

Materials Needed To Give Your Old Coffee Table A Total Makeover

Why not give it a try on your old side table or coffee table?


  • Wooden Table
  • Pennies
  • Sand Paper
  • Newspaper
  • Black Paint
  • Thin Molding
  • Wood Glue
  • Tarnish Remover – for cleaning some of the pennies
  • Super Glue
  • Ultra Gloss Glaze


  • Mitre Saw
  • Paint Brush
  • Clamps (you can use other things as substitutes for holding the molding in place until they dry)
  • Foam Paint Brush

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Thanks to Heart Maine Home for this great project. You can get step by step instructions here

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