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  1. Joanna
    May 5, 2016 @ 9:26 pm

    I would love you EVEN MORE if you wore more tassels.

    I am so inspired by your hoarding that I may come get more inspiration on hoarding and the acquisition of GFTs and SFTs in person!!


  2. Sheila
    May 5, 2016 @ 9:28 pm

    Victoria, you know the secret of the Universe: put your wishes out there, have faith, and sit back and wait for your desire to manifest itself. Those drawer pulls are PERFECTION! They look fabulous! Your piano kitchen island is one of a kind, and I’m a little envious!
    Congratulations on your speaking engagement!


  3. Lisa Schlesinger
    May 6, 2016 @ 9:29 am

    Love. It. But I have a question. What paint/stain/finish products did you use to match the drawers to the piano?


  4. Megan
    May 6, 2016 @ 12:17 pm

    I always say that the right items find me, but truthfully they find me because I search a lot! The handles are Devine (as is the piano island).


  5. carol garcia
    May 6, 2016 @ 12:22 pm

    sweetums, do you think you will ever finish that kitchen? i know most of us probably thought you were nuts when you decided to use a piano as an island….. but i will admit to being wrong…. it is going to be an exceptional piece……but come on, those windows? they are huge… and no drapery in the kitchen, they will get greasy….congratulations on what you have achieved so far : remodel, unique piece of furniture, still married to a most patient spouse….LOL. keep us entertained….


  6. Amanda Campbell
    May 6, 2016 @ 2:12 pm

    If only the piano that came with our house had been a grand instead of an upright! Unfortunately it took up far too much room in our small house and after being unsuccessful selling it or giving it away for free (because people want their free 130 year old pianos in perfect condition) my husband and father in law took it apart to get it out of the house. I’ll admit I cried a little.


  7. Melissa
    May 6, 2016 @ 4:34 pm

    I live very near where you’ll be speaking! So I will be there; I am unreasonably/appropriately excited to get to meet you!


  8. judy
    May 6, 2016 @ 4:48 pm

    So worth the wait and arduous search but so absolutely perfect-the piano is quite Giant and the pulls being fairly large add a delicate quality that melds perfectly with the end result. I would not necessarily make the top too white depending on the cabinets and wall color if any.

    I think a granite or quartz with black( not speckles but streaks of old gold-like the pulls) and another lesser color might be handsome …or not……Keep on keeping on Miss Elvis-you look Mar-vel-ous!


  9. Tammigirl
    May 7, 2016 @ 11:16 am

    Piano – A+
    Window plans – A+
    Weird Necklace fetish – A
    Protection of P’s skull – A+
    Meeting Marion! – A+ (Advanced placement +1 point)

    Elvis = extra credit!


  10. Edie
    May 8, 2016 @ 6:46 pm

    Wow, wow, wow! Congratulations on your speaking engagement! 1. Bland is a word that really does not fit in your GFT world. 2. Yeah, I love the piano island, the whole idea, the great creation of storage, the success of your intense search to find great brass pulls. 3. I’m amazed by your creative thought and ability to write it with such humor. Hope your speaking and blogging lands you fabulous career. I have thought for a long time that writing a book should be in your future. Thanks and keep sending us fans your creative self! PS land an engagement south of the Mason-Dixon Line!


  11. Fiamma
    May 15, 2016 @ 9:29 pm

    The island is superb looking.
    Congrats on the speaking engagement 🙂


  12. Christy
    May 21, 2016 @ 3:21 pm

    There’s no where good to put this…but I hope you’re going to post about horse-racing at some point. I can’t stand this time of year. Some poor horse is always dying in one of the triple crown races. So tragic. So unnecessary. I can’t open up or google news right now after glimpsing the headline. Humans are so messed up… 🙁


  13. Cindy Logan
    June 1, 2016 @ 1:13 pm

    I’ve been following this project for awhile now and I think I’m more excited to see the progress for this than any of the redecorating I’ve been doing in my own house! I can’t wait to see the final project! Keep it coming! Thanks for sharing 🙂


  14. Christine
    June 1, 2016 @ 11:26 pm

    You have such a way with words and you make me smile with your serious silliness. How exciting that you will be speaking at something BIG. It’s too far away for me but I hope you’re able to find and capture some new and exciting “have to haves” for your home. Glad to see Elvis looking good.


  15. Linda Beattie
    August 25, 2016 @ 6:05 pm

    Hi…from G.R.I.T.S. Girl…Girls Raised In The South… Augusta, Georgia.

    I have a square grand piano, and as near as I can tell, it is exactly like the one you are working on for your kitchen island. It beloved to my precious grandmother “Mommy” who lived just next door to us when I was growing up. She was more like a second mother to me than a grandmother. Her lovely piano sat in the “parlor” of her home and she let me bang on it all I wanted to. She has been gone many years now, and I inherited the piano…and most of her old furniture. It is mostly in storage, but hopefully I will be able to paint it for a cottage farmhouse that I hope to own before I die!! It’s more like something to paint white…kinda not so shabby chic style. Not fancy at all. Not like your home and furnishings!!! Have always wondered what I would do with that piano. Standing next to it one day a few years back, it hit me that it would make a great kitchen island. My son has it in his den just now. Hold his TV and Racing Trophies. I’ve told him…now remember…it’s just on loan til….. I have found a few sites on the net where others have used one for a variety of uses…only one was a kitchen island. They left the keys and covered with plexiglas…or something. I would do what you are doing…drawers. Hang the sound boards and inner parts up like art. {I already have the inner workings and parts of an old upright piano on my walls.] Do you play the piano? Not me tho I took a few lessons as a child. Too tom-boyish to stick with it. Couldn’t stay still long enough to practice. SOOOO…when am I going to get to see the finished product actually in your kitchen….???? I am waiting!! Linda


  16. Sam Rotino
    October 18, 2016 @ 9:27 am

    This is wonderful! I have not seen a piano re-purposed like this before. Gives me lots of ideas for pianos I see at auctions all the time that no one wants to bid on because they don’t want to move them!


  17. Bob Knox
    December 8, 2016 @ 2:57 pm

    I know Sam, I see them all the time too!


  18. Stacey Franklin
    July 6, 2017 @ 11:17 am

    If you ever come to northwest Florida or Alabama area there is a place here I think you would love. Check out the Facebook page for Charles Phillips antiques & architecturals…I think you’d have a blast there for sure…& it may be safer than Craig’s list:)


  19. Kris
    August 12, 2017 @ 9:45 pm

    I think of you and your kitchen island whenever I watch “The Quiet Man” and see Maureen tell the boys to place the piece in front of the window.


  20. Marta Chausée
    May 9, 2018 @ 2:51 pm

    Love your mind set, your posts, you, in general. Wish I could come to NH for the Fall Fancy Things of All Sizes extravaganza, but I plan to be in Berlin at that very same time, searching for Old German Fancy Things.

    Some day we’ll have to have a fancy thing cook-off, as I have a few Fancy Old Mirrors to rival yours. Dueling Fancy Things.

    With sincere appreciation and admiration,

    Marta Chausée


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