Thursday, 5 November 2015

A New Lease of Life for Old Pianos

Old pianos hold a certain appeal that makes it extremely difficult to let go of them. Unfortunately, there comes a point in every piano’s life when the hammers and keys become so worn that they aren’t usable anymore. But that doesn’t mean you have to discard the piano simply because it can no longer be used for its original purpose. At least not for the owners of the following pianos… “Play it again, Sam.” Those words never rang more true than in today’s repurposing pianos feature. For sure, the following DIYers have “played it again”, reinventing these players into beautiful decor pieces that hit several design notes including creativity, functionality and style. If you’re no longer tickling the ivories in your home, see how you might reinvent your “88s” into a new kind of musical masterpiece. Via Home Jelly Repurposed full bar and cabinet Creating the perfect bar space in your home could mean thousands of dollars in renovation costs – or you could just transform your old piano into a full bar and cabinet. The creativity makes a big enough statement so you won’t need to spend more than what you need to repurpose the piano. ...an old 1896 piano was gutted but is now filled with the “spirits” of music. When the cabinet doors are closed this literal piano bar still looks like a piano. Extra cool factor? There is room under the the keyboard cover for shot glasses and stir sticks. Via Home Jelly Repurposed piano planter ...with so many damaged players from hurricanes and floods, it’s a shame to let them go to waste. With a bit of urban flair, a talented DIYer reconstructs and repositions the piano strings as stenciled birds fly amongst planted flowers that now play silently beautiful, decor music. Via Home Jelly Repurposed piano fountain A weathered piano can still create a sense of charm as a delightful water feature. A visit to your local hardware store will get you a small fountain kit to install into the instrument. However, keep in mind that preventative measures would need to be taken to preserve the wood so you don’t have to deal with rot and algae growth. I’m almost certain TLC would have included this piano in their “Waterfall” video. It’s definitely a work of garden art. Via Home Jelly Repurposed piano book case ...reinventing an iconic musical piece of furniture takes a great eye and lots of DIY imagination. This early 1900s piano, built in the Riga Musical Instrument Factory, was gutted and the body was made deeper in order to allow room for large books. It was ultimately reworked then coated with cherry wood veneer to last far into the next century. Via Home Jelly Repurposed piano headboard A family heirloom, this piano suffered a damaged soundboard and as a result found itself stored for more than 13 years. The owners decided to disassemble it and turn it into this impressive piece of furniture for their bedroom. Talk about “playing beautiful [...]

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