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, part 6

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.

Repurposed piano kitchen island. Part two.

this is part two… don’t miss: part one, three, four, five

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.