Repurposed piano kitchen island. Part two.

this is part two… part one is here. don’t miss the video at the end!

The first square grand piano I saw was in an antique shop outside of NYC. They wanted $8,000 for it.

This is a price I now know is ridiculous, but at the time seemed a reasonable cost to fill the newly-discovered, piano-sized void in my soul.

I crawled up on top so that I could hug it properly… Then I chained myself to it, in protest of Paul’s refusal to be sensible, buy it immediately, and rush home to turn it into our kitchen island.

I wailed and rent my clothes as Paul dragged me out by my heels.

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.

Want to see our kitchen island? I THINK YOU ARE GOING TO LIKE IT. *video*

Last summer I saw a posting on Craigslist. I felt like my teeth were being electrocuted, which is how you know something good is happening.
Or that you are about to have a seizure.

I went to show Paul, and he said– we are definitely not getting a piano.

This is exactly what I was hoping he would say, because who does not love being the one to reveal an exciting plot twist?

I shouted– SURPRISE!
We are DEFINITELY getting a piano!

I thrust my fist into the air to indicate action and piano-getting.
I said— AT DAWN WE RIDE.

Then I marched up and down the street with my gong, announcing— Here’ye! Here’ye! I SHALL HAVE ALL OF THE GIANT FANCY THINGS.

Also, for the record, only someone who does not read my blog would mistake this for a piano. CLEARLY, this is our kitchen island.

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.

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.

Makeshift kitchen / let the remodel mess begin / EXCITING NEWS.

There are three different floors going on in the kitchen/addition.
Surprisingly, this is not the look I am going for.

The floor needs to be the same throughout the two rooms to make both spaces feel as coherent as possible… We are not going to change the roof line or shape of the addition, (although that half bath is getting evicted,) so we want to be sure that we eliminate as much difference/lines of demarcation as we can.

Here is the space before we started exploding everything. You can read an entire post/see a detailed layout of the addition here.

Starting our DIY, old Victorian house’s kitchen remodel.

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.