This Fiscal Times story is almost two months old, but I just couldn’t delete it from the drafts folder given my borderline OCD that flares up from time to time:
The Useless Penny Wins a Floor Vote of Confidence
How many pennies does it take to tile a bedroom floor?
In the case of one crafty Chicago couple, about 60,000. Their mantra: “They say it takes a village. We say it takes a bottle of wine and some OCD.”
It might be an unusual way to save on home furnishing costs in an extremely tough economy – but overall the project cost the couple, Ryan Lange and Emily Belden, about $1,000. They say they’d been “looking up options [for their bedroom floor] and were thinking about being green” – then decided to go the penny route after Lange, an entrepreneur and self-described design “freak,” suggested they “just tile the floor in pennies,” starting with a long-ignored jar of pennies.
Belden, a freelance copy editor, says she wasn’t sold on the notion at first – but then “came home one day and found a small corner done, so I thought, ‘I guess we’re doing it,’” she recalled.
The painstaking coin work took four months and 128 hours to cover their 234-square-foot plywood floor, say the couple, who created a blog about their project called thepennyfloor.com.
That floor must get pretty cold in the winter (and the dog doesn’t seem too happy about it)…