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Floor made of 60,000 pennies

Postby oneh2obabe » Jan 23rd, 2013, 5:41 pm

There are just a few weeks left to use up all those extra pennies before they become cash register currency non grata. And while they will eventually become a collector’s item, it may take a while to ratchet up any sort of real value while there are technically still millions of them floating around.

So if you’re looking for an interesting way to convert your one-cent coins into something useful (a way that doesn’t involve melting them down for steel and nickel, that is), you may consider taking a decorating page from Ryan Lange and Emily Belden.



The Chicago couple painstakingly laid down 59,670 pennies to convert the shiny (and not-so-shiny) coins into a new bedroom floor.

"We'd been looking up options and were thinking about being green when I said we should just tile the floor in pennies," Lange told the news network, explaining that he received inspiration from similar projects he saw on design blogs.

Though Belden wasn’t sold on the idea at first, Lange eventually brought her around. He did this by starting the project anyway.

"I came home one day and found a small corner was done, so I thought 'I guess we're doing it,'" she said.

She soon got into the backbreaking swing of things, helping Lange stick the pennies – all heads up – onto the floor base with a special grout-like glue and a caulk gun.

Though the labour was tough, their hands eventually stained black from the dirty coins, the couple turned their four-month “pennying” project into a fun ritual that involved good music and red wine.

They also started a blog called The Penny Floor that offers interesting trivia about their unique floor, like the total cost per square foot ($2.55), the total number of hours it took to complete the project (128), the square footage covered (284) and the oldest penny in the lot (from 1873).

Now they have an insta-house party icebreaker ("It's turned into a fun party game where we challenge our guests to find the rare coins”) if not the most comfortable surface upon which to tread barefoot.

As impressive as their home renovation project may be, the couple was out-pennied by Mel Angst, a tattoo artist who glued 250,000 pennies to the floor of her recently opened Pittsburgh tattoo gallery and coffee shop.

Granted, she had a little extra help. Angst solicited the free labour of ink aficionado volunteers to complete the project in around three weeks.

Volunteers who clocked in 30 hours or more were compensated with a free tattoo.

And the Penny Bar in McKittrick, California may not look like much from the outside, but its interior boasts a one-million penny interior design.
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Re: Floor made of 60,000 pennies

Postby Fancy » Jan 23rd, 2013, 8:38 pm

What happens when they move?
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Re: Floor made of 60,000 pennies

Postby oneh2obabe » Jan 23rd, 2013, 8:44 pm

Depends on the new owners - leave it as is or tear it up.
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Re: Floor made of 60,000 pennies

Postby Fancy » Jan 23rd, 2013, 8:46 pm

I love copper and what a novel idea - looks rich.
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Re: Floor made of 60,000 pennies

Postby Bsuds » Jan 23rd, 2013, 8:47 pm

Why would you tear it up? It's not much different cost wise than a hardwood floor.
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Re: Floor made of 60,000 pennies

Postby Fancy » Jan 23rd, 2013, 8:48 pm

I wouldn't want to part with it.
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Re: Floor made of 60,000 pennies

Postby Bsuds » Jan 23rd, 2013, 8:50 pm

Then don't move.
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Re: Floor made of 60,000 pennies

Postby Captain Awesome » Jan 23rd, 2013, 8:53 pm

I'd do the same thing with toonies.

But it gets pretty expensive.
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Re: Floor made of 60,000 pennies

Postby Bsuds » Jan 23rd, 2013, 9:01 pm

Just do a closet...
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Re: Floor made of 60,000 pennies

Postby Captain Awesome » Jan 23rd, 2013, 9:12 pm

Bsuds wrote:Just do a closet...


With all this money in a closet, I'd never come out of it!
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Re: Floor made of 60,000 pennies

Postby tazmandew » Jan 26th, 2013, 4:49 pm

Wow that looks beautiful! I'd love to do a shower like that. Or a table top.
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Re: Floor made of 60,000 pennies

Postby tazmandew » Feb 1st, 2013, 7:14 pm

Here are some other uses for pennies.

penny_sculpture_by_LordArnebus.jpg
penny-eat-sign-600x400.jpg
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Re: Floor made of 60,000 pennies

Postby Graham Adder » Feb 12th, 2013, 8:00 pm

Captain Awesome wrote:With all this money in a closet, I'd never come out of it!

Have you come out of the closet?
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