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  1. Amy
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:06 am

    What type of drawer fronts will be on the bottom drawers?

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 12, 2015 @ 10:13 am

      The piano top… UNLESS I have some three a.m. idea that MUST happen. I’m afraid to cut the top until I am ABSOLUTELY SURE I don’t need it for something else.

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      • morphiaflow
        May 12, 2015 @ 1:03 pm

        Could you do a thin layer of metal to match the foot pedal? Or did you sacrifice the pedal in the name of storage?

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  2. Lynne
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:06 am

    Uhhhhm, can I borrow Paul ? I need him to make some treehouse cupboards from some Canadian Geese. hahaha. Jokes, that would just be gross.

    Gahhhhreat job on the piano island. Holy batman woman. You guys rock out loud.

    Lynne xx
    Design The Life You Want To Live

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  3. Penny
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:07 am

    Yay!! Terrific!!

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  4. Deb
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:08 am

    Paul could not possible reach his total awesomeness without you!

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  5. savannah
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:09 am

    Sweet Mary Sunshine, but this is becoming more and more fabulous every day! Paul’s shop and wood working skills are MAR-VEL-OUS! I think I may have to send this link to my darling husband! xoxo

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  6. Kristin
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:09 am

    This has further convinced me that Paul is some sort of superhuman. I’ve never seen anything like his creations. It makes me feel like my husband is a superslacker. I tried to talk him into building a bathroom cabinet that was like yours (just not as tall) and he laughed so hard, he almost choked. I showed him your blog and he was like, “Stop reading that.”

    When I mentioned how he could have modified your piano to be a dining room table he reminded me that we live in a row home (not the awesome ones IN Philly, but in the suburbs). Actually, it was more like, “WE LIVE IN A ROW HOME…ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?” Boo. Hiss.

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  7. Dodie
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:09 am

    This is really, really brilliant. Totally fabulous.

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  8. liz
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:13 am

    Wow – I do have to give kudos to Paul on this one, his drawer design is fabulous!! He really provided a ton of storage, I love the ones on the very bottom. You two make a fantastic team, it always seems to work out in the end!

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  9. Briana
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:14 am

    Your Design Muse is amazing!! And having Paul as your Huckleberry completes the package!!
    Can’t wait to see the final magnificence!!!

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  10. Karen Johnson
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:15 am

    WOW!

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  11. Catharine
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:16 am

    Hi Victoria!
    What I love about your island is the legs. It looks so airy and maintains the feeling of a room. I don’t like islands and had mine removed with the Paleo kitchen remodel , but if I needed one I would be sure it had legs and wasn’t a big visual obstruction to room- feelingness. I guess it seems a little more kitchen table-y.

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    • Catherine
      May 12, 2015 @ 3:38 pm

      I cannot show this to mu husb and as he would have total tool envy!

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    • Catherine
      May 12, 2015 @ 3:40 pm

      I cannot show this to mu husband as he would have total tool envy!

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  12. Heidi
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:18 am

    The repurposing of this piano as a kitchen island is probably the most genius idea I have ever seen!!!!!! You and your husband make a great team!!!!! An inspiration to us all!!!!! Can’t wait to see the finished product!!!!!!

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    • Decorina
      September 18, 2015 @ 8:17 pm

      I agree with you. Genius, using a square grand piano as an island.

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  13. Gaylin
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:19 am

    Well now you have gone and done it! Even your husband has more talent in his little pinky then I do!
    Argh the gods have ripped me off!
    I bow to your masterful talents!

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  14. Alice
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:22 am

    I am blown away by Paul’s construction skillz! (…and your vision, of course 🙂 )

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  15. Lisa
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:35 am

    How fabulous! I am loving the transformation of the piano in to your wonderful island. Hats off to Paul as well for his amazing wood working skills. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

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  16. LadyB
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:35 am

    He is a miracle worker! I never want to hear a bad word about him ever again xx Yes, I know, behind every great man is an even greater woman xx

    PS: I have asked before, please include Elvis in EVERY video Pleeeeese (because I love him (even more than I love Paul ))

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    • jamie
      May 12, 2015 @ 2:01 pm

      that’s miss elvis, the lady

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  17. Janice S.
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:37 am

    Yay for Elvis cameos!

    Paul totally rocks – even if he tries to claim your ideas.

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  18. judy
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:38 am

    Are the two of you some sort of genetic mutation of Wit, good looks,amazing skill sets,gardening,destruction-construction,creator of cunning videos and acquisition moguls? I feel like you ought to be in charge of assuring we reach Mars by 2017,your mutual Genius is being under utilized. Oh….. and I forgot the Dancing-for crying out credulity………..They BOTH Dance!!

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    • Julie Williams
      May 12, 2015 @ 11:02 am

      Exactly my thoughts! Get out of my head Judy! LOL

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  19. Tracey
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:39 am

    You know what I love about all of your videos? Your hubby’s “man jeans”. It’s nice to know that there are other husbands out there who wear them.

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    • Denise
      May 12, 2015 @ 12:41 pm

      And there are three of us!

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      • Denise
        May 12, 2015 @ 12:43 pm

        Sorry, that popped up in the wrong reply – should be under Julie Williams.

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  20. Marta
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:42 am

    GREEN over here. BRIGHT NEON GREEN with ENVY. You got a man who dances divinely, does fine carpentry, and is creating you the most incredible piano kitchen island! Exactly like the one in your vision! Because you are the creative genius!

    I must go practice my double reverse turn and dream up projects for my non-dancing, non-carpentering husband.

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    • Mia
      May 13, 2015 @ 11:20 am

      …AND, if you show him this blog with all the KUDOS for HIM.. He will follow you to the ends of the earth..!! He MUST know how good he is.. and what a great team you make..!! LOL But, this will reinforce it and you will get whatever your crazy little, dancing heart desires..!! I know, it will take more KUDOS than this, but… we seem to keep them coming..!! You guys are terrific..! And, I AGREE.. the dancing tops off the whole episode..!! Keep up the good work.. It inspires us..!!

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  21. Sue
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:44 am

    Fabulous!

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  22. Lindsey R
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:44 am

    Wow! That was great!! Does Paul own all of those tools? I thought he just did your bidding, but apparently that requires quite a bit of hardware!

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  23. Sunnie Mitchell
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:49 am

    Jaw-droppingly well done! Loved the peek at Elvis in the video, too – personally thought her cameo appearance should have included the dulcet tones of her meow dubbed in – it could have been and Elvis&Elvis duet then:)

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  24. laurie magpie ethel
    May 12, 2015 @ 11:00 am

    Wowsers! That piano is just amazing with this drawers. Paul really knocked those out of the piano ball park. Can’t wait to see more…

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  25. Jamie
    May 12, 2015 @ 11:03 am

    Your vision is turning out fantastic!

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  26. Toni
    May 12, 2015 @ 11:05 am

    This whole project is GENIUS!!!! But BOTH of you have those genius skills….yours with the vision and Paul with his master builder skills! Wow….you two could build the next Palace of Versailles!

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  27. Cherie
    May 12, 2015 @ 11:07 am

    Umm… I feel stunned. I think I must make up a new word to describe you and your husband. Fantabulous? No… .that’s not enough. I cannot love this idea more. I have been in since you said “piano = kitchen island”. Cannot wait to to see the end results – there has never been a better idea. 🙂

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  28. Kelly
    May 12, 2015 @ 11:08 am

    Love your videos. Paul is pretty dreamy too 😉 You are heading to blogger stardom with this whole piano-as-an-island idea. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

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  29. Janet
    May 12, 2015 @ 11:27 am

    I. Am. Speechless.

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  30. Nikki
    May 12, 2015 @ 11:30 am

    This is going to be better than any of your inspiration island photos.

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  31. Elizabeth Speicher
    May 12, 2015 @ 11:33 am

    I’ve been reading the piano saga with great anticipation, knowing that the piano to kitchen island conversion would be wonderful. But this is truly beyond the scope of my imaginings. Well done!
    You are one creative thinker! And it seems you have the most perfect match in Paul, you are so lucky to have a husband with the ability to take your ideas and run with them. Looking forward to the next installment.

    Elvis supervising in the back ground was too cute.

    Regards.

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  32. Tori
    May 12, 2015 @ 11:34 am

    VEB, you are fulfilling your design destiny! 😀 This is one AMAZING project, from one amazing idea. I often “see” things in my head as other than what they were originally created to be; so many times others won’t “get it”. Then, you show them, and it’s like, OH MY GOSH, that’s awesome! How did you think of that? And I say, I don’t know how to not think like that. Haha
    Girlfriend, that piano-island is going to be totally fabulous. You are making your mark with this one! (And Paul is too!) What a blessing to have him to help bring your great ideas to life in your home. Congrats.

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  33. Lori
    May 12, 2015 @ 11:36 am

    Fabulous freaking job!!! After seeing that, I cannot come up with a word that is fabulous enough!

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  34. Elizabeth
    May 12, 2015 @ 11:41 am

    Have you ever in your whole life been able to slide the flimsy back or bottom piece into the grooves, on say, an Ikea dresser, or Home Depot shelving unit for your play room? No, because they never just slide into the grooves. Yet, Paul makes a box, that is ostensibly perfectly square, and they just la la la, slides the bottom right in. I’m completely stunned. And awed. Maybe the other way around. Anyway, I had to watch the video like 6 times. You are a lucky duck, and you know it!

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  35. Sharon
    May 12, 2015 @ 12:00 pm

    In Darth Vader voice,”Impressive. Most impressive.” This video is genius in action. You and Paul are an amazing team, but we all recognize that none of this could come to pass without Elvis supervising. Seriously, your piano island will definitely be a completely functional showstopper. Team VEB rocks!

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  36. teri
    May 12, 2015 @ 12:03 pm

    Fab.

    + a cat = bliss

    Give up the day job ♥

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  37. Christy Keyton
    May 12, 2015 @ 12:13 pm

    What I want to know is WHEN is someone going to put the two of you on television? For Pete’s Sake, it would be one hundred times more entertaining and informative than 90% of what is on now!

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  38. Chris Harris
    May 12, 2015 @ 12:29 pm

    This project will make you famous!

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  39. Ruth Craig
    May 12, 2015 @ 12:32 pm

    Love the video. Super envious of the wood shop. Well, and to be honest, envious of Paul’s skills.

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  40. Ann Flora
    May 12, 2015 @ 12:43 pm

    You should definitely be featured in a magazine for this project!

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    • jean moore
      May 17, 2015 @ 7:57 pm

      Ann (and VEB), I totally agree that VEB and Paul should:
      Have a sit-com; be on the cover of a DIY/Design magazine; have their OWN DIY magazine; write for David Letterman….oh wait, too late for that.

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