(Real) Penny tile floor in vestibule. I saw a floor like this at the Standard Hotel in Manhattan and wanted to do the same thing on a smaller scale at home... so I saved a bunch of pennies, made a template, glued the pennies onto a mesh backing and then installed with thinset just like regular tile.
Penny Tile Floor
After glueing the pennies (3889.. but who's counting) onto a mesh backing, they were installed just like regular tile and grouted with an epoxy grout.
This is not my kitchen
Not that there is anything wrong with it... but just not my style and a poor use of the space that was available.
Still not my kitchen
Took a wall out, moved another wall about 18", exposed the chimney, captured unused space that was behind a pantry and ended up with a kitchen twice the size of what was there without having to do an addition.
The reconfigured space allowed ample room for a 10' island to provide both an eating area as well as additional storage.
Old and New
View from dining room into kitchen. The chimney, although no longer functional, provides a warm texture and focal point in the kitchen.
Bathroom before and after
Relocated the toilet which allowed us to install 2 vanities.. this is prior to the installation of the glass surrounding the tub / shower.