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  1. Karen
    April 21, 2015 @ 11:43 am

    I just googled it for my area and one came up in rosewood, all finish removed (it’s absolutely gorgeous!!) for $900. However, I noticed that all the pianos have foot pedals, but I did not see them on yours. Did you remove them? Is that even possible? I suppose you will leave them off for use as an island? That way it doesn’t say “hey, I’m a piano, not an island” to whoever comes in.

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  2. Kristin
    April 21, 2015 @ 11:56 am

    So…I showed my version of Paul (mine also wants to squash my quest for many fancy things) your first post about the piano kitchen island and said, “We could have gotten this if I was more vigilant on Craigslist!!” He said, “For what? We live in a rowhome. That thing will barely fit through the door, let alone in our kitchen.” (I’m paraphrasing, but it’s close to the actual dialogue.) To which I said, “Think about it…it could be our dining room table. It would be the centerpiece. Imagine it…” And he said, “Forget it. Finding chairs to fit it properly would be impossible.” To which I said, “That’s the stupidest thing I ever heard.” I could make it work. And, I just might. You’re my inspiration.

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    • Janet
      April 21, 2015 @ 1:22 pm

      Did you show him the earlier post where the legs unscrew for easy getting through the doorways? However, I DO agree with him that finding chairs that would fit thighs under the top comfortably to be spot on. Good luck!

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  3. Kerri
    April 21, 2015 @ 11:59 am

    “I will run right out and start up the car.”

    Thanks for the laugh and I want a Paul!

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  4. linda
    April 21, 2015 @ 12:11 pm

    so…..which piano is “the one?” Is it in the blog post?

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  5. Leah
    April 21, 2015 @ 12:19 pm

    First of all, congrats on your stroke of genius: I would NEVER have thought of a piano as a kitchen island! Secondly, congrats on acquiring said piano/kitchen island; I applaud your tenacity in the quest. But thirdly, I am wondering: is it high enough? Granted, this may only be because I am 6 feet tall, but I’m having a hard time imagining how one would comfortably stand at the island chopping veggies, or regaling your guests who are gathered round the pianoforteisland, sipping martinis, and hanging on your every work of GFT wisdom.

    P.S. this is the first time I’ve ever commented on ANY blog, so you should feel immensely honored.

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  6. Town and Country House
    April 21, 2015 @ 12:42 pm

    I can’t wait to see how y’all transform this amazing giant, fancy bit of beauty and history. I keep thinking that the keys themselves must be ivory, and will you somehow salvage them and use them for some cool inlay or something in the actual countertop, or maybe they can be sold to piano restoration people to generate more Craigslist moolah? Can’t wait for the next installment!

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  7. Amber
    April 21, 2015 @ 1:21 pm

    it looks FABULOUS in the kitchen!!! love you, love your writing!

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  8. Sharon
    April 21, 2015 @ 1:43 pm

    VEB:

    As always, I really enjoyed this post and your explanation of your thought process. What stands out about this one is Paul is on board. I imagine that the night before when he was sleeping, you softly sang Soul Makousa by Hugh Masakela in his ear to mesmerize him more than usual which is how he came to say, “I will run right out and start up the car.” Imagining the Piano Troll and the GFT Troll having a party, dancing at these words in your head is an image I refuse to release. It’s critical to my existence to believe it happened that way. It’s my flight of fancy, and I’m sticking to it. All this to say, you are a lovable crazy woman and Paul is a treasure. Please show us how you will top your piano island…I’m sure it will be glorious.

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  9. savannah
    April 21, 2015 @ 1:57 pm

    SWEET MARY SUNSHINE! Between reading your post and then, reading the comments, my sides hurt from laughing! You, sweetpea, area hoot and Paul is a wonder! I had to send my husband a link to this one so that he’d FINALLY understand my quest for the perfect breakfast room table! (Even after 45 years, the man forgets how obsessed I can be!) Anyway, I am anxiously awaiting the next chapter in “The Saga Of the Kitchen Island.” xo

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  10. mpv61
    April 21, 2015 @ 1:58 pm

    Paul is right — when it’s free on Craigslist, it doesn’t necessarily have to be perfect. It just needs to be adequate for now, and then you can keep looking. I love free Craigslist!

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  11. Kiki
    April 21, 2015 @ 3:01 pm

    Mr Paul is a kind genius and you are his crazy queen 🙂 Loved this post so much and also your reasoning. As a (bad but enthusiastic) classical musician & singer I could never agree to use a piano as a kitchen island but I also see the perfect reason why you’d want to use it as such. I love your dedication to the details and that it has to be ‘just so’…. And who knows; you might at one stage or other still find another one, even larger and better and then all you have to do is sell this one here – you literally can’t loose, as it was free. Love you tons – and PLEASE do ask your provider to send your stuff to the above address….. It still won’t work and I only get it on my less used mail address (and I am therefore loosing precious minutes!)

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  12. Kelly
    April 21, 2015 @ 3:32 pm

    I think you should vacation and shop….

    http://madison.craigslist.org/atq/4949082988.html

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  13. Lish
    April 21, 2015 @ 4:22 pm

    “Ya’ll I have google too” – hahahaha! I think this all the time! 🙂

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  14. Lynne Hoover
    April 21, 2015 @ 4:51 pm

    I love everything about this, but the thing I love the most is its uniqueness. I think that’s a word. Who else on the planet will have this island? NO ONE! Others may copy, but yours is UNIQUE.

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  15. April
    April 21, 2015 @ 5:24 pm

    You have a rare husband. Keep him.

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  16. Shirley
    April 21, 2015 @ 6:19 pm

    Please do not put carrera on top! That stuff is not really suitable as a counter top. Much too soft and porous to be practical in a kitchen!

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    • Pat S
      April 22, 2015 @ 9:58 am

      What role does ‘practical’ have in this quest? 😀

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  17. Margaret
    April 21, 2015 @ 6:58 pm

    I can relate to your quest to see each and every piano on the eastern seaboard. Dogs like to sniff every bush before committing, too.

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    • Yvonne Angus
      April 22, 2015 @ 7:38 am

      Dogs like to sniff every bush before committing, too.

      HOWLING!!! No pun intended!

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  18. cynthia
    April 22, 2015 @ 3:50 am

    I’m just wondering what you’re going to do to top the piano/kitchen island idea.

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  19. Yvonne Angus
    April 22, 2015 @ 7:41 am

    The very fact that you had other options BEFORE this free piano simply GOBSMACKS me. Not British, but this word seemed to really fit!

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  20. Pat S
    April 22, 2015 @ 9:57 am

    Hey, I didn’t even know such a thing as a square grand piano existed! I’m pretty much a contemporary furniture Scan kinda gal but I love your blog and the way you write. And even though it isn’t my style by a long shot, I can still appreciate good design no matter what century it comes from (or goes to). As for Paul … hang on to that guy!

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