A manifesto against the tyranny of luxury kitchens.

Before the internet, you only had to keep up with the Joneses…  They were real people who lived next-door and probably drove a Corvette.

And even if you might have liked their car for yourself, you knew for a fact that they wore too much cologne, misused the word Machiavellian, and were just generally unlikable people who let their dog poop in everyone’s yard.

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.

Gutting the piano: repurposed kitchen island pt 3. *video*

this is part 3… here is part 1, part 2, part 4, part 5

While conducting my tri-state search for a piano-into-kitchen-island, I have been simultaneously having an ongoing philosophical dispute with Paul, over the very meaning of the English language:

Paul defines a kitchen island as a practical workspace with excellent storage.

VS.

My credo that storage and practicality should be secondary to general awesomeness.

And that actually, EVERYTHING IN LIFE should be secondary to general awesomeness. (Even if later it explodes in your face.)

If you want to know who is “right,” ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOOK AT THIS PHOTO.

We’re repurposing an antique square piano into our KITCHEN ISLAND… it’s the first step in our old Victorian house DIY kitchen remodel.

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.