The KINGDOM mirror– proving that you NEVER KNOW what is on the other end of a Craigslist ad.

After the Victorian wardrobe salvage saga…

After spending four hours in an unheated building.
After ripping apart a wall with a toothpick.
After loading and unloading a truck until nearly midnight…

Paul told me to stop looking on Craigslist for a while.
He said I had reached my quota.

I nodded and pretended like he was the one who made such decisions.

Then I went and looked on Craigslist.

Philadelphia craigslist...  antique mirror salvage.

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.

Piano into kitchen island– designing drawers and storage. *video*

new to the piano? start here.

If you don’t want to read all of my precious words, skip to the video at the end. It explains this entire post in fifty seconds.

1. Considering the piano’s structure.
2. Designing the drawers.
3. Storage inside the piano.
4. Storage under the piano.

1. Considering the piano’s structure.
The piano is not just a flimsy shell… it has a thick, curved wood piece called the pinblock: it supported the harp and acted as an attachment for the strings.

In the photo below, in the left/back corner, (where the curve is most prominent,) we notched out one part to get the corner of a drawer a little bit further in.

We’re repurposing this AMAZING piece of antique furniture into our KITCHEN ISLAND… it’s the first step in our old Victorian house DIY kitchen remodel.

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.

Piano kitchen island pt. 4: design, functionality.

here is piano part one, two, three, five

1. We are going to replace the top of the piano.
I do not want to have to be careful with the original wood surface, so we are going to replace it with a slab of countertop material.

Carrara is my first choice, despite knowing the arguments against it, and despite the commitment involved with spending the next chunk of my life patrolling the island to be sure no one touches anything.

The floor of the piano box is SOLID. (It is built to support the harp which is heavy.) Paul will build a structure internally to make sure that the marble is supported across the entire span.

Removing the wood top will also give us some spare material – no specific plans for it, but always good to have.

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.