Upcycled Piano Update

My husband finished dismantling most of the piano a few weeks ago and it was at this point that we decided to move it to our kitchen. Initially I had no idea what I was going to do with our old piano, but eventually I formulated what seemed like a grand plan. I thought it would be very cool to replace the table in our kitchen with the piano and use it like a “bar” type table. I had ideas for how I might incorporate some built-in cubbies and was deciding on a colour scheme. My only concern was the actual size of our kitchen and how this piece might impact the general flow of the kitchen. Although we already had a table there, it was considerably smaller and I didn’t want to go to a bunch of work and then hate it. When we initially moved it in, I was immediately disappointed as it seemed to over power our long narrow space. We decided to leave it be and live with it for a while before making any final decisions. After about a week or so, I was getting used to it and I felt myself once again getting excited about the idea of finishing this unique piece for our kitchen. I am still in a mid winter “February Funk” and hardly have enough energy to do the menial tasks like cleaning my house, let alone refinishing a piano. So, fortunately I haven’t done a thing with it yet….why is this fortunate you might ask?  Well, evidently it takes more than a week to really get a feel for something. Lately, I find myself walking through my kitchen and feeling an almost uncontrollable urge to kick the stool that seems to constantly be jutting out into the “path” because someone hasn’t pushed it under the piano properly. It seems as though someone or something is always in the way. Yikes! This piano is absolutely not staying in my kitchen, but now I need to get back to the drawing  board to figure out what I am going to do with it and where it is going to go. You can see that the iron harp is still inside the piano. It is what makes the piano so crazy heavy. I still want to remove the harp, but we haven’t had a chance and thought we would leave it until we made a final decision on what to do with it. I actually love the iron and hope to somehow use it as well.

I must say, having the piano “under foot” everyday has been good for something.  First and foremost, my mind is constantly thinking of how I could use it and where I might put it. I don’t have all of the answers yet, but my creative juices are definitely flowing and that’s a start. I really do love the structure and it will be a fabulous addition to our home, I’m just not sure how yet. Secondly, the piano helped me to realize how much I didn’t like the table that sat in the kitchen prior to the piano. It was actually too small. I now know what I want. We need a table that is longer than the old table and perhaps even slightly longer than the piano, but the depth needs to be more consistent to that of the old table for functionality.  I am already busy thinking about how I might build a custom table and/or counter to fit in the space. Here we go again….it seems like there is always a new idea and therefore a new project!

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Piano Pillage

I was so excited when I got home today and found that my husband had started dismantling our piano. We received the above piano for free about 4 years ago and it served us well, but unfortunately the 100+ year old piano could no longer be tuned. We had been hunting for a perfect replacement for about a year and a half and finally settled on one over the holidays. The new “old” piano was recommended to us by our piano tuner. The sound board and “body” are  in great shape, but we decided to replace all of the keys, as many were chipped. Our “new” piano also fits in well with our character 1921 home (even better than the first one) and it’s now in tip-top shape. 

As a result, we have had two pianos in our dining room for the past few weeks.  While I was at work today, my husband began the daunting process of taking it apart piece by piece. Why you might ask? Well, obviously it is of no use musically to anyone, as it can no longer be tuned and it is several hundred dollars to have a piano moved. Besides that……one of my greatest passions is repurposing the old! I was so excited when I came home to find my dining room scattered with piano parts. I have a few ideas, but no definite plans. However, you can bet that I will be sharing some piano projects over the next few months. The only down side to missing out on the dismantling is that I think the process would have got my brain going and perhaps even sparked some creativity. Instead, I will have to spend some time looking over the parts carefully and giving my brain some time to reflect on each and every part. I can’t wait to see what the pieces of this old piano might become. I’ll keep you posted ~ literally.

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