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Accountant Karmen Swanepoel spent over 70 hours adding more than 50 000 five cent coins to her floor in what she calls her craziest project ever. Image courtesy @karmen.swanepoel/Newsflash/Magazine Features
Accountant Karmen Swanepoel spent over 70 hours adding more than 50 000 five cent coins to her floor in what she calls her craziest project ever. Image courtesy @karmen.swanepoel/Newsflash/Magazine Features
  • Karmen Swanepoel, an accountant from Ermelo, spotted an interesting DIY project on Pinterest and decided to try it.
  • The project would require her to cover her floor with coins, which she collected from various places, including an Absa bank branch.
  • Her floor is now fully covered, and she's ecstatic with the result.


Karmen Swanepoel, who works as an accountant in the town of Ermelo in Mpumalanga, called her feat her "craziest project ever".

After spending over 70 hours on her cold floor, Karmen, who lives alone, had covered the 24-square-metre floor in coins. Karmen is a creative person who likes to browse Pinterest for ideas and take part in artistic courses such as enamel work.

One day on Pinterest, she came across a floor covered in US pennies and loved the idea. She then decided to create something similar in her own home with five-cent coins. 

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Karmen spent over 70 hours adding more than 50 000 five cent coins to her floor in what she calls her craziest project ever. All image courtesy @karmen.swanepoel/Newsflash/Magazine Features


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"At first, I considered laying them in a honeycomb pattern, which would have used fewer coins, but the accountant in me would not allow it, so I decided to do it properly," Karmen says.

"I measured the space and did the calculations and figured I would need about 50  000 coins." 

She began collecting the coins in September last year and approached staff at an Absa bank who kept the old coins and they were happy to exchange them by the bag. She had 48 500 coins by June and was close to finishing her dream project. 

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"It was a crazy idea to start in winter because it is absolutely freezing. But it turned out to be a good thing because the epoxy process of mixing a base and hardener is delicate and it dries quickly, but more so," she explains.

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"If I did this in summer, I would have needed 10 to 20 people helping me, but in winter, I was able to do it all on my own." 

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accountant, mpumalanga, ermelo, coins, floor

She is waiting for the finished result to harden so she can add a layer of epoxy and hire a contractor to complete the skirting boards. But she's happy with the result, saying, "It came out pretty nice. I am really chuffed." 

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CREDIT: Newsflash/Magazine Features

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