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  1. Marsha
    April 28, 2015 @ 10:07 am

    You are brilliant and Paul is your perfect and equally talented accomplice!

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  2. Carol White
    April 28, 2015 @ 10:08 am

    Gorgeous….so can I have the internals for repurposing???? Hmmmm???

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  3. Mdf2124
    April 28, 2015 @ 10:15 am

    Gutting the piano! I do not know why I assumed you would just leave it and just put a marble slab on top of it… You are so smart! I cannot wait to see what you do with the top, post soon!!

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  4. Sarah
    April 28, 2015 @ 10:15 am

    Meep! That poor piano! I can see your reasoning though. Precious storage is important.

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  5. Jen
    April 28, 2015 @ 10:17 am

    Your cat is very, very talented.

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  6. Melissa
    April 28, 2015 @ 10:19 am

    I only refret that I won’t still be around when they canonize your husband!

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  7. Melissa
    April 28, 2015 @ 10:20 am

    make that regret-fingers work faster than brain does

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  8. Jayne Z
    April 28, 2015 @ 10:21 am

    Elvis has so many hidden talents — great choice of music!

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  9. Susan G
    April 28, 2015 @ 10:21 am

    Who knew Elvis played the piano??
    Adorable & talented….as are you and Paul.
    Thanks for the smiles!!

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  10. Christina
    April 28, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    Oh Victoria, look at all that great wood! and … I want the keys! Oh man oh man do I want all the black and white keys…. I want them the way you want huge, fancy things! :))) And the piano wires!

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  11. elizabeth
    April 28, 2015 @ 10:25 am

    So what DID you do with the internals? Or do I have to wait for the next video to find out? Hmmm?

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 28, 2015 @ 10:35 am

      they are sitting it the garage… I’m not quite ready to part with them, incase some unforeseen idea comes at three in the morning.

      we won’t trash it, even if we don’t use it, I’ll find someone who will.

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      • P.j.
        April 28, 2015 @ 11:04 pm

        Since it’s too late to have this piano rebuilt for someone else to appreciate, 🙁 here’s someone who will probably buy its glorious entrails to use in the restoration of other antique pianos. clint@grandamericanpiano.com

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      • Amber
        April 30, 2015 @ 12:47 pm

        It’s a shame you couldn’t leave the keys in, facing away from the kitchen,still on display somehow. Maybe some sort of plexiglass topper, that way that part could still serve as a breakfast bar? Hm…

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  12. Brittany Morgan
    April 28, 2015 @ 10:31 am

    If this torment draws out much longer, I fear I shall not live to the reveal. My poor soul can’t bear the suspense of impending glory and gargantuan fanciness. Also, you are a genius. Paul can be canonized. You will be legend.

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  13. Jody
    April 28, 2015 @ 10:31 am

    …I hope you saved the good keys..they might be functional for another piano with broken keys? Call a Tuner. You may be able to redeem some cash for the next great awesome pice! You know..the account !

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  14. Jane
    April 28, 2015 @ 10:38 am

    I always wait with anticipation for your new posts! You bring smiles and joy to my day! Paul is a good egg! Not to mention Elvis! You are truly blessed! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

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  15. Kim
    April 28, 2015 @ 10:38 am

    Cannot even tell you how EXCITED I am about your piano conversion! I cannot wait to see what you and Paul do with it 🙂

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  16. 3 Dog Mom
    April 28, 2015 @ 10:47 am

    Sigh…I have admired your finds and Paul’s willingness to help with them for ages. I SO picture you as in this video once Paul started really working on removing its inner workings, coaching him on with a song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlxJi9tm1BI

    She looks so much like you on your wedding day – I hope other fans will watch and see the resemblance, especially with the beloved big earrings!

    And for Paul’s help with the piano –
    ‘Just a kiss just a kiss, I have lived just for this…
    I can’t explain why I’ve become
    Miss CL insane…’ (apologies to K D Lang)

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    • TucsonPatty
      April 28, 2015 @ 11:51 am

      I agree – it could be our very own VEB!!! What a gorgeous video!
      What a gorgeous island this is turning out to be. How could anyone have any doubts! Waiting for the next installment…

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    • Presley
      April 28, 2015 @ 12:31 pm

      Amazing video. I can just imagine VEB floating around her house of beautiful things once it’s all done. Even Paul was in the video behind the scenes at the end making the magic happen.

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    • annel
      April 28, 2015 @ 9:10 pm

      WOW, I love this KL and the song, and it is SOOO VEB!!

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  17. Nikki
    April 28, 2015 @ 10:53 am

    I am so excited about this! I cannot wait for your updates.

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  18. Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely
    April 28, 2015 @ 11:08 am

    I think the big hunk of piano innards that pulled out in the beginning needs to be hung on the wall as an ode. It’s really beautiful!

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  19. Peazy
    April 28, 2015 @ 11:13 am

    Love! But since I cannot sit idly by and watch you miss an opportunity, I have to let you know that (IMHO) you aren’t finished until you find another giant, fancy piece of furniture (that was previously unrelated to music in any way), and install the guts of the piano into that. You should. You know you should. Or Paul should. And it should not be immediately obvious that the guts are hidden in there. And the guts must work, as in, produce lovely, lovely music. You probably won’t be truly happy until this happens, because Hulloooo! Repurposing! (You’re welcome. 🙂 )

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    • April
      April 28, 2015 @ 11:34 am

      What an idea of total awesomeness! I agree! 🙂

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  20. Peazy
    April 28, 2015 @ 11:18 am

    Also… on a more practical note: are the keys ivory? Because if they are, this brings up a whole new set of questions! Highly coveted by some, possibly valuable, but if memory serves there could be legal issues when selling. Unfortunately, returning it to the elephants is not an option. It bears looking into though.

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    • jamie
      April 28, 2015 @ 1:31 pm

      as is always the case with pricing antiques, things aren’t pricey unless they’re rare enough. genuine ivory piano keys that are about a century old are not very rare and, thus, not very pricey. also, there is no legal hurdle to selling of antique piano keys. any piano tuner/repair-person can provide replacement ivory from any keys where it’s fallen off (the ivory is glued on top of wood) in a color that closely matches the color/aging of the keys on your existing piano. i learned this a few years ago when i had my 1907 piano fully restored. the 3 missing ivory pieces were the least of the cost!

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  21. Emily
    April 28, 2015 @ 11:23 am

    Understand the need to gut the innards. But, was/still am really hoping the keys stay. I’m picturing them tucked underneath whatever stone countertop eventually comes along… just a little homage to what was. Yes?

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  22. Jenny
    April 28, 2015 @ 11:30 am

    Victoria! Surely there is someone somewhere who can use those piano keys to fashion the kitchen chandelier of Chopin’s dreams. (Think Pinterest? There are chandeliers there made from everything else!) You could become the trendsetter of Beethoven/Chopin Nouveau-Idee` Chand-aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh! liers.
    Please promise to invite all the admiring hordes who follow your creative adventures over to your house for morning coffee soon as the kitchen is finished. I will camp outside overnight so I can be first to drape myself over the piano island and weep because it isn’t in my house.

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  23. April
    April 28, 2015 @ 11:33 am

    The piano is beautiful, and I love the idea of having it in the kitchen, but now I think I’m going to be sick. As owner of a 100-year-old 8-ft-long piece of mahogany ebony and ivory awesomeness, I can’t TAKE IT! 🙂
    Meanwhile, my daughter who plays said mahogany beast, wonders just how awesome it would be to have a functional piano IN THE KITCHEN so she could play while waiting for the oven timer to beep. Best of multitasking, indeed.
    Your project is quite intriguing. Thanks for the warning to avert my eyes!
    ~april

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  24. Dianne
    April 28, 2015 @ 11:50 am

    So glad you did this. Loved the video. That island is going to be beautiful and functional. What are your plans for the empty inside?

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  25. Amber
    April 28, 2015 @ 12:04 pm

    My favorite part was Elvis playing the piano at the beginning (I’m a cat freak). Can’t wait to see what creative thing you do with the inside!

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  26. Paula
    April 28, 2015 @ 12:05 pm

    There’s got to be a piano repair person out there who could use the parts to save the life of another piano …

    That said, it will be cool island. But yeah. Save the pianos!

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  27. Kim
    April 28, 2015 @ 12:06 pm

    Look at all that storage!! Totally functional now.

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  28. Rena
    April 28, 2015 @ 12:06 pm

    Going to be fantastic! Is that plywood on your floor for protection, or is that your flooring? Hmm that sounds snide, but really, I’m just wondering. Can’t wait to see how you finish that island.

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  29. Fl!p Breskin
    April 28, 2015 @ 12:24 pm

    Glorious! And, whew! I am so glad the strings were removed safely. Risk of severe injury if one snaps. This is going to be SO beautiful!!!!

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  30. teri
    April 28, 2015 @ 12:31 pm

    that’s a really interesting video. I took a printer photocopier apart to micro level once, it was not as fascinating as the piano innards.

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  31. Liz
    April 28, 2015 @ 1:00 pm

    NO!!! NO!! NO!!! how can you stop the video THERE!!! We are your loyal and faithful followers, loving everything you do, UNTIL NOW!!! Miss VEB hurry up and post the continued video!!! LOL!!! I want to see those wonderful slide out trays with oodles of wonderful dishes, etc. coming forth from this wonderful piano turned kitchen island. Afix the keys to the drawer front!!

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  32. jamie
    April 28, 2015 @ 1:21 pm

    of *course* you have to utilize the space inside the piano for storage! beauty must combine with cleverness to be truly awesome.

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  33. savannah
    April 28, 2015 @ 1:26 pm

    I had to look at parts 1 and 2 before looking at this installment BECAUSE it’s just such a great adventure! I will wait (anxiously) for part 4 and then, (but you know this, of course) I’ll watch parts 1, 2, and 3 just to heighten the excitement of part 4! This so much more fun than organizing my closet, sweetpea! 😉 xo

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  34. Garden, Home and Party
    April 28, 2015 @ 1:26 pm

    This is going to be great. I’d guess you could sell the internal parts on ebay for someone needing some parts for their square antique piano.
    I had no idea Elvis could play the piano?!
    xo,
    karen

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  35. Stachy
    April 28, 2015 @ 1:33 pm

    Awesomeness, indeed!

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  36. gaylin
    April 28, 2015 @ 1:39 pm

    Great now everyone will want one! Grrrr finding my square piano will be harder! LOL
    You never cease to make me laugh,and look better to my husband!!

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  37. Cyndia
    April 28, 2015 @ 1:48 pm

    Nooooo!!! I need more video! I love deconstruction in all its forms! Can’t wait to see what genius Paul comes up with for storage!

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  38. Sharon
    April 28, 2015 @ 1:51 pm

    What an amazingly talented family! You are incredibly creative and so much outrageous fun; Paul is your perfect partner in crime with handyman skills that baffle me and the minds of science; and best of all…Elvis. Plays. Piano! Fabulous video, Paul will be canonized along side you, and Elvis will go down in history. Hope you can repurpose the innards, and looking forward to the next installment.

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  39. judy
    April 28, 2015 @ 2:22 pm

    Having just replaced all of the plywood subfloor in prep for hardwood I think I can say that your floors are ready for what ever topping they are scheduled for. If Paul gets down on his knees and tiles or puts hardwood on them I will personally petition the Vatican for his canonization. It is beyond hard work and we had ours installed. I’m wondering if you have the whole design firmly decided upon or if progress depends on locating even more magnificent discoveries. Either way the fun is in the journey and not necessarily the destination, Hope you and Paul and of course Elvis are having fun.

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  40. nancy
    April 28, 2015 @ 2:35 pm

    You know….before I started following your blog, I used to have a relatively normally furnished house. Now – not so much. Inspired by your love of all thing large and carved I’m now the proud owner of the biggest and most ornately carved buffet (turn of the century Italianate) in my tiny dining room. I would normally have walked away from it at the auction, but no…armed with the knowledge that bigger is better, I won the monster for $80 and then had to find a vehicle large enough to schlep it home. Only wish I’d taken a video of getting it inside the house! And hey, just because I have a ranch style house down at the beach doesn’t mean I can’t furnish it with lots of lovely ornate LARGE pieces of furniture, right? By the way, my husband says to say “thank you” (translation: he says Yeah, thanks a $%^& lot). Yay for VEB!

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