Ryan Lange and Emily Belden were looking for inspiration in how to redo their bedroom floor. According to NBC News Chicago
, that came in the form of a "quick glance at a jar of change."
"We'd been looking up options and were thinking about being green when I said we should just tile the floor in pennies," Ryan Lange told local media.
Reportedly, at first Belden wasn't too keen on the idea. However, Lange had tested a small corner of the room one day while she was out.
"I came home one day and found a small corner was done, so I thought 'I guess we're doing it,'" Belden recalled.
Now the project is complete and the couple have a shiny new bedroom floor made up of a variety of pennies. According to the couple's blog, The Penny Floor
, a total of 59,670 pennies were used. Creating the floor took almost 130 hours and covers 234 square feet.
Lange and Belden said they revamped and improved upon the process a few times as they went along. Describing their initial approach as "similar to the way you would decorate a cake with icing", using small tubes of glue, they quickly found this was too tedious.
"Our big breakthrough came from a caulk gun and stronger glue. With that, we’d push out copious amounts of glue, spread it into a square section with a spatula, and lay pennies within the glue pool. A huge time saver, albeit a clothing-ruiner and thumb-stainer," they wrote in The Penny Floor blog.
Upon completion of this stage, the couple said they grouted the pennies just like floor tiles, then covered them with a clear coat to cement the pennies onto the floor.
The oldest penny used in the floor was an 1873 Indian Head penny. Another rare coin used was a 1944 WWII 440 steel penny that was used that year due to a copper shortage. These two pennies could have paid for the floor, noted the media, but the couple opted to include them in the design instead.
"It's turned into a fun party game where we challenge our guests to find the rare coins," Belden said.
Lange and Belden told NBC News
the total cost to redo their floor was about $1,000, and many trips to the bank for more pennies.
The couple posted a video of the project in progress on YouTube
, which to date has received close to 80,000 views.