The state of the wall around the kitchen sink after living in the house for over 2 years is not acceptable. Yes, mess happens, especially round the sink area. I decided that it was definitely time to remedy the situation.
|The kitchen sink area - a stunning view out of|
the window, but inside left much to be desired
- it lacked a certain "je ne sais quoi"
I just loved the "historical" look of the concept - the idea of leaving a permanent historical memento in the farmhouse.
This is what I am talking about...
|A copper coin wall feature...|
|...and a copper coin floor.|
Thankfully, RMan shared my attraction for the concept.
Well, I have been collecting copper coins since then. To cover the area I estimated that we needed a couple of thousand of them.
But, coins don't come clean. They come in all different shades of copper and various stages of cleanliness...
|Some of the copper coins before they were cleaned|
... so they needed cleaning :) (As you can tell from the date on the photo's this process was started last year.)
Naturally, Google to the rescue again - "how to clean copper coins" was the search phrase.
|Copper coins in vinegar|
The toxic chemical abrasive agents were at the top of the lists. Nope - not for me thanks. The most eco-friendly ways I could find were to clean them in 1) vinegar, 2) tomato sauce and 3) coke.
So, first I tried vinegar...
... but it turned the coins a dull pink.
I didn't have commercial tomato sauce, and I'm not sacrificing my homemade sauce for this.
So, next up was...
|Copper coins in flat coke|
|From left to right:|
copper coins cleaned by the coke and
copper coins cleaned by the vinegar.
The coke coins have a visible glow, whilst
the vinegar coins are dull
...clean(er) coins :)
|The copper coins, for the most part,|
cleaned up very nicely
|Measurements of the|
two areas next to the
Then, we (well actually RMan) got to work on the plywood that we had purchased.
|The measurements were|
transferred to the plywood
|Thank goodness RMan had|
the angle grinder to complete
The measurements were transferred to the plywood. Not being too keen on woodwork, RMan doesn't have a jigsaw, and his circular saw gave up half way through the task (talk about planned obsolescence), so he resorted to using his angle grinder for the last small section(s).
Then, a retaining edge was tacked to the edge of the plywood, firstly to secure the coins, and secondly to retain the resin compound once it was poured onto the coins.
|A retaining lip was added|
to the plywood to prevent the
resin from seeping out
|Some of the clean coins in a bag -|
waiting to be placed on the plywood
So, when all of that was finished, I got busy with the bag full that I had collected - and started placing the coins on the plywood.
We decided, for history's sake, to leave the coins with the date facing upwards.
|The way the light is reflected off the copper coin |
splashback is gorgeous. Isn't is funny how one
always "collects" containers near a sink - water jug,
bicarb in sprinkle bottle, vinegar pray, dishwash,
|View of the splashback from the upstairs|
It was a lovely project to handle - RMan and I doing our creative thing together. And getting down to it when it is getting chilly outside - the timing was perfect :)
Call all this work an investment LOL Not only have we created a more pleasing feature of a utility area, but, with the value of the coins used, we have just increased the value of this house by roughly ZAR94.50 ($7.93 / £5.13 / €7.06) Wow - how extravagant of us! Bwahahahaha...
The final question is : do we need coke in the house - even for upset tummies - if this is what happens to copper coins. What is it doing to our stomachs overnight...?