You may recall, several years ago, I was bemoaning the fact that everyone seemed to have a beautiful mantel that they were decorating for Christmas, and I didn’t. When I came across an antique piano at a thrift store, and they were willing to take $35 for it, I decided it could be a mantel, of sorts, for me (seen here).
Since the piano was really battered looking, I painted it (seen here). I love the piano, but I’ve gotta admit, it takes up a lot of valuable floor space in our small living room. I don’t have anywhere else to go with it though, and my husband would bust a bolt if I asked him to move it somewhere else anyway. I begged him to let me buy it and he was convinced our floor would cave in when I told him I wanted it in the living room. It was a beast to move in there, and I don’t think he’ll ever agree to move it again.
So…that leads me to my discussion with my husband.
ME – “Honey, what do you think about…turning the piano into a desk?”
HIM – “A what?”
ME – “A desk…come look at this.”
Cruising Pinterest, I came across a photo of an antique piano that had been converted into a desk. That seemed like the most genius idea to me. At least, the space the piano takes up, would become useful space.
Surprisingly, he didn’t balk at all – probably because it would mean that I’d get my computer and paper pile off the kitchen table, and we could actually eat there occasionally. I think he might have even considered it a great idea, because he got busy right away taking the keyboard apart, without any nagging from me. Things got a little scary when he removed the keyboard cover and started taking the keys off. It appears a mouse had made its home inside at some point, but thankfully it seemed to have been a long time ago.
Once he got all the keys removed, he had to pull out all the little metal rods you see sticking up, which probably took about an hour and a half, but he was watching the Olympics at the same time, so I don’t think he minded too much. We spent about $50 buying an oak laminate board and about another $8 to add trim to the front edge, then my husband stained it with walnut Minwax.
After painting it a few years ago, some of the edges at the bottom of the piano, which had been loose before painting, came off completely. I didn’t feel like painting the piano all over again, so I decided to just distress some areas of the piano, so the whole thing looked like it had been battered around a little. Then, I got to have the fun of setting it up my “new” desk. The desk top offers plenty of space for my computer and several metal office baskets.
I selected some of my favorite clocks to go with vintage spools of thread and some book stacks, loving all the warm and natural colors together.
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