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  1. LesleyB
    April 14, 2015 @ 12:05 pm

    Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious !!!! (however you speel it!) LOVE the piano/island, it is so YOU Victoria xxx

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  2. sharon
    April 14, 2015 @ 12:06 pm

    Wait….last summer? Free. FREE! Since last summer. S U M M E R….how did that happen? A most beautiful piece of furniture also…how? I refuse to shorten you…Victoria Elizabeth Barnes. Surely you have been communicating with those people…?

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    • Yvonne Angus
      April 15, 2015 @ 9:53 am

      I was thinking this exact thing throughout the article and comments. If I saw it on Craigslist, for FREE, and didn’t go Immediately to get it, (if it was still there even then) it would have been long gone. It MUST be destiny! What else COULD it be???? It is definitely your biggest coupe de grace so far, even trumps the Magic Kingdom Mirror, only because this re-use is GENIUS!

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      • Yvonne Angus
        April 16, 2015 @ 6:52 pm

        Ok, I had a crazy dream in which Mickey and Goofy and the gang stepped through your mirror into a wild adventure. Which alerted me to the fact that I wrote “Magic Kingdom” instead of just “Kingdom” mirror. I humbly beg your forgiveness!

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    • Miss Kitty
      April 17, 2015 @ 5:03 am

      I’m with Sharon…I would love to hear more details of how the revolution that “took months” happened in detail. Did the piano wait for you? Who were the guys with the flatbed trailer in the video that actually hauled the piano? Piano movers? The taking apart of the piano was genius…who knew that could be done? Certainly not me. How did such a fancy piano come to be in not so fancy a place?

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  3. Karan Mell
    April 14, 2015 @ 12:19 pm

    y’all have this moving “giant fanciness” down to a science!! What an awesome find, I’d get rid of the innards…sell them to crafters, they will find a way to upcycle everything (I’m thinking Christmas ornaments out of the piano keys)..put a piece of glass or stone on top…wouldn’t the legs make fabulous corbels?? Oh, I forgot, they go with the island!! But they can be replicated! Brilliant, awesome, fantastic, mega-super-over the moon idea…don’t forget to Pin, Hometalk, you’ll be the star of Blogland with this idea, you can charge for housetours ($2 a head) and have more money to go into the “bank” for more Awesomeness, dance lessons on the patio after the tour…and all I have for an island is a 60’s bar cart that I’m getting ready to upcycle….couldn’t find a small, small piano!! Love, love reading your blog…talk about following your dreams/ideas…you are one determined gal!!

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  4. Gerry Emery
    April 14, 2015 @ 12:21 pm

    Absolutely brilliant! !!!!

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  5. Joanna
    April 14, 2015 @ 12:23 pm

    I’m plotzing!!! It is genius!!!!!

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  6. Karan
    April 14, 2015 @ 12:29 pm

    I forgot this: if this doesn’t “validate your existence”, nothing will!!!!!!!! LOL

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  7. Margy Arena
    April 14, 2015 @ 12:40 pm

    S-P-E-C-T-A-C-U-L-A-R!! You are so talented and inspiring! When you want a new friend, I live in Malvern. FANCY, FANCY, FANCY!

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  8. Amber
    April 14, 2015 @ 12:42 pm

    that piano/island is so gorgeous and you guys are too cute!! the most unbelievable part of the whole thing? that someone was giving that GORGEOUS antique piano away for FREE! It’s like the ultimate craigslist score! I think you might have some sort of Craigslist sorceress enchantments at work. Things of this greatness do no appear on my craigslist. 😉

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  9. Jackie
    April 14, 2015 @ 12:43 pm

    I saw it IMMEDIATELY. How could he not see it IMMEDIATELY. Maybe put a piece of marble on it? But you’ll want to open it do. A hinged piece of marble. Now you need piano lessons. Your dinner guests will be SO impressed. Can I expect an invite soon? Soon being relative to the amount of time you need to finish this most excellent project.

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  10. Grace
    April 14, 2015 @ 12:52 pm

    I LOVE the repurposed piano idea! I was really excited about it and showed my mom. She was horrified that it was no longer going to live its life as a functioning piano. She’s probably afraid now that I will try to do something like that with my great-grandmother’s piano. LOL. For the record, I would never do anything but have my beautiful piano repaired (it’s a player, but that part hasn’t worked in decades) and have the damaged spots in the wood refinished. So rest easy, Mom.

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  11. Amy
    April 14, 2015 @ 1:03 pm

    H-O-L-Y C-R-A-P !!!!!!! Marry me and live like a Queen!

    (I am, by the way, a heterosexual female, with two crazy gorgeous antique upright pianos currently waiting to become fabulously reborn – into what, I am not sure as of yet – who worships the ground you walk on! Oh, and with a husband much like Paul)

    I am not worthy!

    Please let me know the next time and place the support group meets!

    Fondly, Amy

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  12. Kristin
    April 14, 2015 @ 1:07 pm

    I just realized (just?) I may have a problem.

    I, too, have a roll of shrink-wrap in my home. For, ya know, those occasions when you need to wrap something. In shrink wrap. Totally normal.

    On a side note, I am shaking my fist. I *could* use something like this for a dining room table. How awesome that would be! Except…how many square grand pianos could there possibly be in the Philly area? Not many. And, was this free? Ugh! Besides, I don’t know if the first floor of my house could support that much weight. LOL.

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  13. Kimberly ~ Serendipity Refined
    April 14, 2015 @ 1:11 pm

    I can’t imagine why anyone would think that it was something OTHER than a kitchen island….clearly, grand pianos are not rectangular at perfect island height with amazingly carved legs. It’s spectacular!…and VERY fancy. xx

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  14. judy
    April 14, 2015 @ 1:15 pm

    Even though you had posted a craigslist teaser- I was convinced you had bought the bank table or one of the other $$$island possibilities you showed in an earlier post. I hang my head in shame that I doubted your mystical acquisition abilities! This is a gorgeous find and is doubly versatile. Piano recitals, dance contests and gathering headquarters for wine and cheese spreads. This idea only works in a home like yours, with high ceilings and the charm of yesteryear. It would stick out like a sore thumb in a present day kitchen. That’s what I love about old houses, especially Victorian. And the video-again-priceless. Writing skills and channeling Cecil B. DE Mille, you, Paul and Miss Elvis are a triple threat and I still don’t understand how you have not become world famous?

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  15. egretwatcher
    April 14, 2015 @ 1:15 pm

    I love the way you think so far outside the box that a piano becomes your new Versailles kitchen island. What an awesome idea. Do you know the story of the piano? If not, I would invent something romantic and riveting that you can tell to guests that will be clambering for brunch and dinner party invitations once your one-of-a-kind kitchen is finished.

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  16. Diane West
    April 14, 2015 @ 1:17 pm

    I might be too practical, but…I’d leave the piano innerds intact, take the top off, store it, slap a slab of marble on top (with a beautiful ogee edge, of course) and call it wonderful! (My practicality is whispering…I hope it’s the right height for an island.)

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  17. Jo @ Let's Face the Music
    April 14, 2015 @ 1:17 pm

    Perfect use of a piano style that was great looking furniture but a failure as a musical instrument. Kitchen island — quel genius! When we finally get the grand piano we’ll be using it in place of a dining room table. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

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  18. Donna.A.
    April 14, 2015 @ 1:19 pm

    Yea!!! Spectacular, can’t wait to see it in the kitchen!

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  19. Elizabeth
    April 14, 2015 @ 1:19 pm

    Everything! Professional piano movers? Maybe! Not jamming it in the back of your van like a crazy person with no sense of dimension? Brilliant! Dancing! Music! Super-fast-so-we-don’t-get -bored video!!! Kitchen island?? Best idea ever. I can’t wait to see how you fancy this up some more, because God knows you will.

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  20. Jayne Z
    April 14, 2015 @ 1:21 pm

    You probably know this, but just in case, if you decide to take the guts out of the piano — be very, very careful because the strings (wires) are extremely taught and if you cut them or they come lose, you could be seriously hurt!

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  21. sue j.
    April 14, 2015 @ 1:39 pm

    my head just exploded, in a giant and fancy way. <3

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  22. Traci
    April 14, 2015 @ 1:45 pm

    This is beyond brilliant…and you have achieved “hero” status in my book!

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  23. Janna
    April 14, 2015 @ 1:47 pm

    There is no reason you couldn’t just put a marble top over the wood and preserve the paino intact. I think using it as an island is a wonderful idea. So much better than it ending up in a landfill.

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  24. Katharine
    April 14, 2015 @ 1:50 pm

    I know moving this piano, er, kitchen island, was no small feat. My mom has one of these suckers and the legs alone weigh 30 lbs each!

    And the video? Super cute.

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  25. Janet
    April 14, 2015 @ 1:51 pm

    Wow! Great idea and fabulous find! I carted around a Victorian upright piano front for about 25 years before finally making it into a lift up door in my wine bar out of it (hides a small microwave and built-in coffeemaker behind it). Love repurposing things of character. Speaking of character – you are a fine one!!! Keep on going! May you have all the fanciness in your life that you desire.

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  26. Kay
    April 14, 2015 @ 1:58 pm

    Definitely a marble top to make the fanciest of all kitchen islands.

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  27. Karen @ Dogs Don't Eat Pizza
    April 14, 2015 @ 2:10 pm

    I would like to rename your video, “The Day You Won the Internet.”
    Liberté, égalité, fraternité craigslisté!!!
    Sisters in arms, kbc

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  28. Kathleen
    April 14, 2015 @ 2:11 pm

    Now if you tell me you also got this thing of Beauty for $100 and they threw in a Huffington Forge Chandelier I have ben lusting for, then I may have my own teeth electrifying seizure!

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  29. Kathleen
    April 14, 2015 @ 2:12 pm

    WAIT! You got this for FREE?????????? Anyone have a defibrillator handy for reading Victoria’s posts?

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  30. Catherine
    April 14, 2015 @ 2:13 pm

    You are beyond clever! And such vision! One interesting note: I read somewhere that chefs sometimes refer to the stove as the piano. So it is perfectly appropriate for you to have an actual piano in the kitchen!

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  31. Holly W.
    April 14, 2015 @ 2:17 pm

    Your idea is glorious.

    I also eschew Homegoods. Although with two toddlers, IKEA/hand-me-downs rule the day, for now. Until I steal your glorious piano/island.

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  32. Barbara
    April 14, 2015 @ 2:22 pm

    You are SO funny!!! Love the piano idea and the video. You and Paul are amazing partners. I CAN NOT wait to see this kitchen once completed.

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  33. kerri
    April 14, 2015 @ 2:31 pm

    Hyperventilating!!!!! What a score!!!!! Fabulous idea and so worthy of your kitchen.

    And, I want to know, do you PLAY the piano?

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  34. Jodie
    April 14, 2015 @ 2:35 pm

    This is pure genius! Way to hunt for perfection!

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  35. Lin
    April 14, 2015 @ 2:50 pm

    Could you have been more fortunate to find this beautiful thing and for FREE!!!!!!!! I love this idea and loved the video!

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  36. Liz
    April 14, 2015 @ 3:13 pm

    Awesome island! Will it be gilded with real gold leaf to achieve the Highest plateau of Fanciest?

    For those of you mourning the loss of a piano, my grandmother had a gorgeous square grand piano. My mother wanted to have it tuned but the soundboard would no longer hold a tune. So you either have a very large doorstop in your house or you repurpose it to Giant Fanciness in your kitchen like VEB. There is a reason it was free, we just don’t know what it was yet.

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  37. Kristi Reinhard
    April 14, 2015 @ 3:25 pm

    you. did. not.

    you may have ruined my day. I have no such ginormous awesomeness in my kitchen.

    onward! to craigslist I go!

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  38. Cyndia
    April 14, 2015 @ 3:35 pm

    I am sitting here giggling in delight for you! OF COURSE you need a piano for a kitchen island! You are my kind of gal. And Paul clearly adores you.

    Now excuse me while I go show this to my husband, who seriously needs to up the ante now.

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  39. Wilma Galanos
    April 14, 2015 @ 3:37 pm

    If the piano can be restored why not do it? You would have your kitchen island when it is closed and you could open it and have dinner concerts. This seems right up your alley.

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  40. CharleneMcD
    April 14, 2015 @ 3:57 pm

    I really wish you had a like button. I love reading your blog, I always have a smile from beginning to end. Love the piano kitchen island idea, that is one beautiful piece of furniture. Can’t wait to see the finished details in your kitchen.

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