Repurposed Piano Parts – A Beautiful Sofa Table

I grew up playing piano on a huge upright grand. If you’ve been following my recent posts, you’ve seen some of the projects my dad made from that piano when it was time to retire it from use. 

The top of the piano was a long board with a hinge so that the piano could be tuned. My dad used that board, with the attached hinge and created this sofa table. He purchased the repurposed legs from a local salvage shop. Then, he stained them and a few other repurposed pieces to match the piano color. 

Michelle

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Another Table from a Repurposed Piano

In another segment of my repurposed piano series, here is the end table my dad made for me. The legs are from original parts of the piano, and he used some other salvaged wood for part of the shadow box to contain the piano keys. You’ll notice it looks different from the one he made for my sister, since each uses different parts of the piano.

 I learned to play piano on these keys. I remember the broken ivory on that one A key.

The old piano looked a lot like this one I found on the internet, except it was more ornate.

The table legs are made from the front let, and also from the half-leg that was there for decoration on the body. My dad cut the back legs for my table from the body of the piano.

 Isn’t it cool how the keys were all numbered? To get them to fit right in the table, they couldn’t be reassembled in perfect order.

Watch for more piano projects coming this week!

Michelle

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More Uses for Piano Parts

Recently, I featured a table my dad made from the parts of an old piano. This week, I’d like to show you a few other projects he created. The part of the piano where music would usually rest is a beautiful piece of wood with ornate trim. He turned it into a wall feature to be used as a photo ledge. 

I spent many hours with music spread on that easel. It’s nice to keep it all in one piece in its retirement days. 

Michelle

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What to Do With an Old Piano – Upcycled Project


I am so excited to show this project! My dad has gotten on the trash to treasure bandwagon and started creating his own projects. After trying to get rid of their big upright grand piano, my parents decided the only thing they could do was disassemble it and use the wood for projects. 


I felt terrible about it, because it was the piano I grew up playing and it was still in working condition. But I had no place to put the beast! And neither did anyone else. So, imagine my happiness when my dad came up with this!

He made it for my sister out of the wood from the piano, and he recessed the keys in sort of a shadow box. This photo doesn’t include the glass, but he had a piece of heavy duty safety glass cut for the top that fit perfectly in the inset groove.


Since the above table is for my sister, he’s working on a second one for me. Yay! Notice how he reused even the foot pedals. 

Michelle

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Upcycled Tin Can Snowman that Melts Your Heart

Where I live in Northern Wisconsin, we haven’t had a day where the temperatures have climbed to the 50s since sometime last year. Our winters can be long, and I leave snowman stuff out from November to the end of April.

Yep. We get our use out of our winter decorations!

My mom recently made me another snowman for my collection. She’s inspired by the plethora of ideas on Pinterest. And, being a school cook she has access to a lot of empty tin cans. So, she created this snowman for me.

His arms are a little long, and they went off my photo, and I might shorten them just a little to make it easier to store him away…granted our snow does stop and summer arrives here up ‘nort’.

Here’s the scoop on how she made him. She spray painted the cans with white. I suggest a rust-preventing type, especially if you store your decorations in a place where they encounter a little moisture. She glued them together. You can use hot glue, or if you plan to put it outside, try something like Gorilla glue, E-6000,  or Liquid Nails

She used buttons and hot glue for decoration and made a scarf and hat from scraps of felt. You could sew a hat, or if you have an aversion to needles flying across fabric too close to your fingers, you can make it from felt. The top of the hat is a circle glued to a tube of felt, with another Frisbee-like piece for the brim. You could also make a stocking hat by using an old wool sock tied at the top with a tassle added. Or, if you’re even more into Trash to Treasure, cut off the arm of an old sweater, tie one end for the top of the hat, and you have a knit stocking hat. I didn’t make a sample because, my husband wouldn’t consent to having a sweater in his closet with only one arm.

If you don’t have felt for the scarf, try a scrap of flannel and cut fringes on the ends. 

My dad got into the project by drilling holes for Mom in the sides where she wanted to glue stick arms. If you want to be able to store your snowman away during the summer, you could skip the glue and just “stick” [oh, I’m punny today] the arms into the holes. Then, you can remove them for storage. And if necessary, your snowman can get an arm transplant next winter if these arms don’t work out. Now, there’s a bonus.

Now, you’re probably wondering where you can get a nose. For the snowman, that is. I don’t know a thing about human nose suppliers. My mom made the nose from Model Magic clay. You know, the stuff that’s really light weight and dries quick? You’ll find it usually with the kids craft supplies. She used paint to make the rosy cheeks. 

For someone who doesn’t consider herself all that crafty, don’t you think Mom did a good job? And, thanks to our snowy weather, I don’t feel compelled to put him away for spring yet.

Michelle

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