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  1. LocalFan
    May 5, 2015 @ 8:14 pm

    I’m so continually impressed by your designs and ideas. Truly. Right now I’m in the middle of my own kitchen renovation, a full scale down-to-the-studs move-the-walls deal. I’m surrounded by drywall dust and un-hung cabinets and questionable decisions that made sense at the time (back when my ceilings were intact). So in theory I should be freaking out at what you’re proposing and all the steps involved, and flinching when I see the pictures if your work in progress. Instead I’m thinking, “How lovely! What a great idea! Oh look what they did there!” Your kitchen is going to be gorgeous.


  2. Suzanne Melton
    May 5, 2015 @ 8:25 pm

    1. No sink in counter. I’m up for steampunk anything but what if you plumbed and then found the perfect GFcabinet/bookcase/pantry and couldn’t get it around the island?

    2. Drawers on only the working side of the island. Don’t cut into the beautiful “back” of the piano.

    3. With drawers, you can pull them out once a year and inspect the bottom of the marble for mold. Dave was an elevator constructor for high-end residential homes. He talked to a number of marble/granite/etc. installers and asked them what they have in their homes. Formica and Wilsonart due to mold (especially granite). Just be careful.

    4. I hope you find drawer pulls that “match” the fabulous foot pedal. Your followers should be on the lookout!


  3. Priscilla
    May 5, 2015 @ 11:49 pm

    Are you sure it’s not Paul who is going to end up in the sanitarium? Just sayin’ 😉


  4. maggie b
    May 6, 2015 @ 7:05 am

    I am in awe. I’m amazed at how talented Paul is to be able to make your dreams a reality and I’m amazed at your vision for seeing a kitchen island in a GFT such as a free standing piano. It is a monument to your love affair with GFTs. It is the art of the impractical being beaten into practical servitude risen to all new heights. You are both utterly magnificent. I think to myself that the two of you finding one another is like Cinderella finding her prince in the end. It makes me happy just the same way. Hat’s off!


  5. susan
    May 6, 2015 @ 3:14 pm

    love the island – and love the comments. definitely cool people reading your blog:)


  6. Kate
    May 6, 2015 @ 3:39 pm

    This is GREAT! And yes. I live near Chicago and I’m always good for picking things up! Drop me a note if I may lend a hand.


  7. Bobbie
    May 6, 2015 @ 8:41 pm

    I love everyone’s comments. I didn’t want a faucet on that fab island. Everyone is so fun, the offer of the van etc. I’ve enjoyed this whole process and the wonderful comments by all those fun people. Thanks you and your husband and followers are just so clever and funny! Love you all xo


  8. Gillianne
    May 7, 2015 @ 9:31 pm

    Just saw this giant fancy cabinet, and of course, it screams “Victoria Elizabeth Barnes” at anyone who’s read your website. Too bad it’s not in Philly:
    P.S. Your piano island is genius. Only you would have 1) found that piano and 2) imagined it reborn in a 21st-century kitchen. This project brings the concepts of “repurposed” and “upcycled” to entirely new levels.


  9. MissDor
    May 9, 2015 @ 12:25 am

    Have you considered Danby marble? Looks like carrara, but holds up more like granite.


  10. MissDor
    May 9, 2015 @ 12:32 am

    Also, I’m sure you’ve seen this, but drawers look wonderful here:


  11. Donna Marie Smith
    May 9, 2015 @ 3:25 pm

    I love love ideas just wow sorry dont have anything to add but but I know it will be gorgeous love you blog and your humor!


  12. Kristi
    May 13, 2015 @ 12:59 pm

    I am in shock that you are turning a piano into an island. It is a cool idea to make an island out of an old piece of furniture, but a piano? OMG my (musical) heart cannot take the destruction of an old instrument! 🙂

    I also would not put the sink into the marble top. It will be great to have that workspace without a sink taking up the middle of it. The drawer idea is very cool.


  13. Jayne
    May 14, 2015 @ 8:59 am

    CLEVER! With CAPS! Cant wait to see finished!


  14. Drew
    May 18, 2015 @ 10:25 am

    Good idea to just replace the top. It looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.


  15. Mindie cocos
    July 23, 2015 @ 12:47 am

    Love all you do and some how we must be twins separated at birth! Your lucky to have Paul . My husband is great in many ways but does not care for antiques!! Anyway I was thinking a cool drawer pull would be the brass peddles or glueing a few keys together to make a handle.I have also seen the insides of a piano hung on the wall as art and it’s very unique ! That way you are using all the parts so nobody can get offended!Keep doin what your doing, you are very fun to read and good luck.Mindie


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