A DIY fanatic has made good use of the spare coppers hanging around his house, by using them to create a bespoke kitchen floor.
Matt Giles, from the UK, painstakingly tiled his kitchen floor with more than 27,000 £1p coins, before covering in the gaps with a black grout. The surface was polished before a high gloss resin was poured on and left to dry, resulting in a pretty cool finish.
The homeowner was first inspired by the Penny Floor Project in the USA and said the inventive alternative cost him less than €300 in total.
And it took the 43-year-old just six weeks to complete the masterpiece, including trips to banks across the county to change his cash into individual pennies.
But the new floor cost just £270 – the amount of coppers used to complete it.
Matt and partner Amy, who’ve lived in the semi detached for 10 years, had ripped up their brand new lino floor just days before as they didn’t like it.
“The end result is simply awesome. The floor looks stunning and the weeks of hard work has been worth the pain,” said Matt, on his Youtube channel.
“We took 27,000 £1p coins and decided to give our kitchen diner a new look. Each coin was individually glued to the floor which had been self levelled beforehand and left to dry. After gluing down all the coins a black grout was applied to fill the gaps followed by a high gloss epoxy resin to cover and seal.”
The couple visited different banks and a Post Office to exchange their notes for bags of pennies and got to work straight away.
They even invited friends over to help lay down the pennies, which cover the 10 x 10 metre kitchen floor.
Matt started off by using a self-levelling compound back in October, before laying the pennies one by one.
They then poured on the grout and finished it off with epoxy resin, which prevents the coins from discolouring in sunlight.
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