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  1. maureen
    May 27, 2015 @ 10:15 am

    Elizabeth, this is genius!!! You are so lucky to have Paul to make your designs a reality! I can’t wait to see the final island, in place in your kitchen… I think this tops the “kitchen wall” of your dreams. It is so creative and different. P.S. I am on the lookout for a piano like this….MUST HAVE, MUST POSSESS!!

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    • judy
      July 9, 2015 @ 11:35 am

      You and Paul are probably trapped in a huge GFT of Antique Cupboards,Cabinets,Huge industrial Gas ranges and walk in restaurant sized Cooler/freezers but give us a heads up that otherwise All is Well! We your loyal followers are starting to Wonder? Or perhaps you have realized the futility of trying to satisfy the internets insatiable lust for New! Better! everything and have quietly retired to a paradisiacal Desert Island with a Booze Blender and a life time supply of Russian Vodka. If that is the case throw us one of those message bottles with the map coordinates. We will save you! or join you?

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      • Carrie
        July 21, 2015 @ 2:04 pm

        Agreed. I’m new to your blog, so went and read from the beginning and have enjoyed it so much. Hope you guys are doing okay!

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  2. Janet
    May 27, 2015 @ 10:19 am

    Good lord, your husband is some kind of engineering genius (due to your diligence, of course)…my husband can’t/won’t even change a light bulb or figure out how the thermostat works! Can’t wait to see the finished piano island…

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  3. Diana
    May 27, 2015 @ 10:20 am

    So in love with this piece and your blog and the way your brain works. My suggestion on the drawer handles – mix them up! I’m totally into mixing things up right now. I’ve been getting rid of all the matchy matchy stuff and buying what I love from thrift stores and salvage places or making it myself if I can. Now I get to look at many varieties of the things I love and the pick and choose is much less onerous and it’s interesting and colourful.

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  4. CharleneMcD
    May 27, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    Oh my this is turning out to be so beautiful! You have a super special guy there! Love reading your posts and following your home renovations, they make me smile!

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  5. judy
    May 27, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    I kept referring back to my email to see if you had posted and I am now HAPPY! This is so impressive in displaying Pauls’ talents and your considerable contribution to the marvelous end result. Whoever eventually buys your home will never realize the enormous pure Genius, Blood ,sweat and probably tears that went into its restoration. I wonder if the rest of the Kitchen will pale in comparison to this utilitarian work of Art.

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    • Carolyn
      May 27, 2015 @ 11:01 am

      No, NO!! No selling allowed!

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  6. Linda
    May 27, 2015 @ 10:26 am

    This is very neat! I hope your food processor never needs to be replaced!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 27, 2015 @ 10:33 am

      I had that thought too! But Paul could reset the upper drawer to accommodate a different style… or bring it forward to make it match the others (if someday they make a better food processor that is not a storage issue.)

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      • Katie
        June 2, 2015 @ 4:23 pm

        I have the same food processor and the exact same issues with it. It lives on a shelf in a closet and there’s wasted space behind it and in front of it because once I set it down, it will not move. But what’s the alternative? Cutting things with a KNIFE?? On a BOARD?? I’d rather waste space.

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      • Christine
        June 3, 2015 @ 10:30 am

        I love how you so blithely say, “Paul could reset the upper drawer . . .. ” What I especially love is that he so clearly COULD — and even better, WOULD! You married well, Victoria.

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  7. Bridget from Refined Vintage
    May 27, 2015 @ 10:27 am

    I think the drawer storage is genius. Especially for the food processor, it’s heavy and awkward to move around. Once you cut the piano top to make the drawer fronts it’s going to be amazing. What style drawer pulls are you looking for? Ornate or simple? I have quite an assortment in my inventory of useful things and I am trying to imagine the finished look with different period styles… Are you a fan of Brass? I cannot wait to see the finished island. Aren’t you lucky that Paul is a carpenter and kitchen planner too?

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  8. mary w.
    May 27, 2015 @ 10:38 am

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    • Kelly
      May 27, 2015 @ 12:52 pm

      Love this idea!

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      • Kay
        May 27, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

        Me too–highly suitable. They’d need retrofitting, but Paul could manage that. Cup pulls are great, but even ornate ones would look odd, IMO.

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    • Yvonne Angus
      May 28, 2015 @ 11:02 am

      I, too, love this idea. I was actually thinking about dark bronze with white (ivory on vintage) ceramic attachments.

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  9. Jenny
    May 27, 2015 @ 10:41 am

    This is pretty darn neat, VEB!

    (I also am unable to comprehend drawer slides. I know they are absolutely indispensable for work drawers, but the idea of installing them myself curdles my blood. My son is a cabinet maker, and whenever I ask him about retro-fitting the drawers in the storage unit in my workroom [built-in cabinets from the 60s, I think] with slides, he gets a weird look on his face and changes the subject. But I NEED those drawers to open and close easier! I will gladly give up inches off the storage inside to make them slide!)

    Really, really amazing work in the kitchen. I’m a little bit envious and a lot happy for you that your island dreams are coming true!

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  10. Fred Wishnie
    May 27, 2015 @ 10:41 am

    Absolutely beautiful work. I vote for no drawer pulls. Just recess the drawer bottoms, it will preserve the original cabinet design.

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  11. Laura
    May 27, 2015 @ 10:42 am

    Enough with the lies, I do not look fantastic. But the island does. And has anyone offered to HIRE you as a kitchen genius on the strength of this gorgeousness? Not that I am offering but seriously, you are so good at cabinets you should be in the White House or something. Secretary of State for Kitchen Governance. Do they run the AKDCCE?

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  12. Gaylin
    May 27, 2015 @ 10:42 am

    Wow! I dream of such talent!
    You are a visionary! Paul is as meticulous in his planning and building!
    I wait with bated breath for this kitchen evolve!

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  13. Julia
    May 27, 2015 @ 10:50 am

    I was at an antique store in Northern California last week and ran across a similar piano. I was so excited and thought “Now I can have an island just like Victoria’s!” My husband looked at the $6000 price tag and said…”Who’s Victoria and why would you spend $6000 on a kitchen island?”. I showed the store owner your video and tried to convince her that they were just giving these things away back East but she didn’t bite…sigh….

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  14. Angela
    May 27, 2015 @ 10:51 am

    Paul is amazing! I think he can do ANYTHING! You are one lucky woman!

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  15. Alina M.
    May 27, 2015 @ 10:52 am

    No matter how many amazing treasures you find on Craigslist, never under estimate the value of finding and marrying PAUL. 🙂

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  16. Sharyl
    May 27, 2015 @ 10:55 am

    Thousands of women are asking if Paul had any brothers as you read this…. 😉

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  17. Sandi
    May 27, 2015 @ 11:00 am

    This is pure genius. Major kudos to you and Paul. ESPECIALLY regarding the food processor storage. I might use mine if it were so accessible. 🙂

    Brilliant work!! Thank you for sharing all the dirty details with us.

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  18. Garden, Home and Party
    May 27, 2015 @ 11:02 am

    Genius! This is beyond spectacular. Oh, and by the way, on the food processor not sliding…I have the exact same machine and Martha had a great cure for the not sliding part…you attached the felt pads that you put on chair legs (self adhesive). They come in a variety of sizes and they work great. You won’t need to worry about that now, but just so you know! 🙂
    xo,
    Karen

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  19. Connie in Hartwood
    May 27, 2015 @ 11:06 am

    Unobtrusive black knobs, so drawer-opening hardware doesn’t detract from the overall impression of your piano/island.

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  20. Diana
    May 27, 2015 @ 11:12 am

    Your husband is a SAINT!!!! Kudos to both of you for a truly unique kitchen island.

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  21. Lynette
    May 27, 2015 @ 11:33 am

    ADORE!!!!!

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  22. Darling Lily
    May 27, 2015 @ 11:47 am

    I hate to be vulgar, but watching a man do all this buildy stuff and make the impossible happen gets me all stirred up. Paul is the sexiest man on Earth! And you are a freaking CREATIVE GENIUS! A goddess!

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  23. Melinda
    May 27, 2015 @ 12:04 pm

    This is amazing. That man loves you lots to tackle this challenge!

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  24. Bambi
    May 27, 2015 @ 12:13 pm

    Just…..WOW! The superlatives that I’m looking for elude me so that has to do.

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  25. Donna Gibson
    May 27, 2015 @ 12:21 pm

    You know you don’t need drawer pulls at all. They make this mechanism that you can just push on the drawer & it opens all by itself. If you’re set on having drawer pools, I recommend French provincial furniture drawer pulls. You can get them on eBay for like five bucks each. And it would appeal to your giant fancy things fetish.

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  26. Lora
    May 27, 2015 @ 12:32 pm

    This is amazing! Between your vision and Paul’s skills the two of you make a fantastic team.

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  27. Su Obermeier
    May 27, 2015 @ 12:36 pm

    Love the project but if you’re having difficulty finding appropriate hardware, don’t forget to check out the online catalogue for Lee Valley Tools. They carry tons of hardware styles relating to all furniture periods and finishes. Here in Canada, their stores are a wonderland filled with specialized tools, hardware, kitchen devices and gardening supplies. One of my happy-places.

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  28. Patricia
    May 27, 2015 @ 12:42 pm

    Please, for the sake of all Womenkind, steal some hairs off Paul’s brush or gather up his discarded nail clippings and rush them off to a cloning company!!
    http://www.mclab.com/PCR-Cloning-Kits.html

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    • Sharon
      May 27, 2015 @ 12:55 pm

      @Patricia–This is the best response I’ve read regarding Paul’s skills.

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  29. Sharon
    May 27, 2015 @ 1:03 pm

    VEB:

    You are truly The Envy Of All. This is pure genius. The AKDCCE should install you as an Institution requiring all to say your name with reverance and in hushed tones always. This piano island is truly one GFT. I think the organ pulls are cool. Impatiently waiting to do cartwheels for the unveiling of the completed island.

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  30. Marilyn
    May 27, 2015 @ 1:03 pm

    I love your posts. That is just an amazing piano/kitchen island. P.s. The ad at the bottom of the post is most annoying. Can it be on the side instead?

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 29, 2015 @ 10:09 am

      If you’re talking about the long skinny bar across the bottom? (Which IS annoying!) You can close it… on the far right side there is a down-arrow. That will get rid of it.

      I wish I could have no ads! But they help pay for my hosting fees and other plugins-widgets-tech-stuff that I pay for.

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  31. Maire Rooney
    May 27, 2015 @ 1:13 pm

    Isn’t is obvious? The drawer pulls must be made from antique ivory piano keys. I’m sure you must have some – what are you going to do with the ones from your piano?

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    • Yvonne Angus
      May 28, 2015 @ 11:13 am

      I thought about that, too, but wondered what condition they were in. Plus, they would probably have to be mounted on some sort of base that is predrilled, and with screws/bolts mounted through the base before attaching the keys, to preserve the integrity of the keys. All of which would be a piece of cake for Paul!

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    • GeoSand
      June 10, 2015 @ 2:08 am

      Exactly what I thought. It would be so perfect!

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  32. Kelly
    May 27, 2015 @ 1:17 pm

    My husband doesn’t seem to like your posts. Maybe it’s because I go on about all that Paul can do – whether moving Giant Fancy Things with finesse, building drawers, designing complicated medicine cabinets, dancing……. I thought it would inspire him, but it doesn’t seem to work that way ; )

    Anyway, your collaborative clevah-ness is astounding!

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  33. maureen
    May 27, 2015 @ 1:37 pm

    Oh, I just had an AWESOME idea for the knobs….Take the piano KEYS, glue them to some boring flat handles!!!

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  34. Laurinda
    May 27, 2015 @ 2:33 pm

    You & Paul are such a great team-once he sees things your way! Nice solution to an annoying problem with that processer, too

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  35. tammigirl
    May 27, 2015 @ 2:51 pm

    There is so much awesome in this I feel like I should have to write a report to hit every point. But since my brain is sluggish today let’s just pretend I said something so witty that we laughed and laughed and laughed!

    Super fantastic gold star for everything!

    I fancy the bin pulls, although I could see how someone could go for the ones which look like dangly earrings.

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  36. Liz H.
    May 27, 2015 @ 4:04 pm

    1. Drop pulls, which I don’t usually like-but these are awesome & look like something you might find on your piano!

    http://www.houseofantiquehardware.com/hardware-handles-for-dressers-eastlake-ebonized-abh

    2. Find some vintage carved furniture pulls that you could stain to match the piano or better yet-have them gold leafed for more GFThingness!

    Pulls similar to these:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/197858162/antique-hardware-victorian-hardware?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=victorian%20carved%20wood%20furniture%20pulls&ref=sr_gallery_2

    3. Recess the drawer bottoms as Fred pointed out. But if Paul does his usual fabulousness in wood working, other people in the kitchen looking for the drawers may be unable to find them!

    As an FYI: when we renovated our kitchen last year I bought probably 6 different pulls online & tried them out on our drawer fronts to make a final choice. Then I returned the ones I didn’t like. We used Home Depot so if you buy vintage/non-returnable you’ll just have to buy another GFT to go with them. Tell Paul you can’t waste their awesomeness!!! It’s looking ✨GFT ✨ & Fabulous!!!!

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    • Stephanie Hobson
      May 27, 2015 @ 10:56 pm

      Liz, those drop pulls are gorgeous! If we’re voting I vote for them.

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  37. Kay
    May 27, 2015 @ 4:07 pm

    What no one seems to notice is that it is you who draws all the wonderfulness out of Paul. The two of you make an extraordinary team. I’m sure he would still be great with someone else, but not the same at all. You would have to be cloned too, and that would defeat the purpose!

    Earlier I meant bin pulls instead of cup pulls. Don’t know why I never call them by their right name.

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  38. KnittingKittens
    May 27, 2015 @ 5:22 pm

    Brilliant- love the concealed food processor. You and Paul are clever!
    What is the music to the video? It’s a Big Band era tune but I cannot recall its name.
    Thanks for another great post!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 27, 2015 @ 6:29 pm

      “Lady be good.” *wink, wink*
      I think this is the Count Basie version, but I would have to check to be sure.

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      • KnittingKittens
        May 27, 2015 @ 7:52 pm

        I’ll look it up – thanks for all you do- you and Paul are an inspiration!

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  39. ACWMH
    May 27, 2015 @ 5:40 pm

    You want drop pulls, obviously. How is this even still a question when sparkly shiny fanciness is available to MATCH your giant fancy island?

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  40. Rose
    May 27, 2015 @ 5:52 pm

    If you want period correct hardware and can’t find it check out Lee Valley Tools. They have a catalog available online and have every piece of hardware ever produced on the planet I am sure.

    http://www.leevalley.com/en/home/OnlineCatalog.aspx?id=e192d838http://www.leevalley.com/en/home/OnlineCatalog.aspx?id=e192d838

    I breathlessly await the finished product so hurry up and commit to letting Paul cut into that piano top.

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