What do you do when a piano is too worn for use, but too costly to repair? Here are some ideas!
Check out what how lovely this old bench looks with a fresh coat of paint!
How would you like to sleep in a piano bed?
Or perhaps you’d rather just have a piano headboard (see more here).
How about a piano garden?
How about a fish aquarium?!
This designer created a chair made out of old piano parts. Yes, you can sit in it!
The previous three photos are by the Upright Furniture Company, which specializes in making desks out of old, nonfunctional pianos.
Michelle Stitzlein creates art such as these large butterflies using upcycled objects like piano parts.
Here’s a fancy table created from an old upright!
Someday I REALLY want to do this project! This coffee table was made from the lid of a baby grand. See how this person made theirs here. I would make it taller and use it as a workspace in my piano studio. Can’t you just imagine a group of students happily working on their worksheets around this fun, curvy table?! =)
This bookcase idea is awesome too.
Check out this choker necklace, made from an old piano string!
This Etsy.com shop owner creates jewelry and sculptures from piano parts. I love this adorable pooch!
How about this mailbox?
Or a tool bench!
Classic Pianos in Portland has found some creative ways to recycle parts from old pianos, including artwork (above), clocks (two photos up), and more.
Seeing all these creative projects really makes me want to start a project. =)
Let me share with you one final photo. My grandparent’s piano suffered from water damage a few years ago, and the piano was deemed beyond repair. Before the piano was brought away, my husband and I took the beautiful music rack stand from the piano. I was hoping to come up with something clever to do with it as a rememberance of my grandma’s piano. The following Christmas, my husband surprised me with this:
He made the music rack into wall art! He printed photos of us and created a collage. The collage was laminated and attached to the back of the music rack. There are two small rings that allow the piece to be hung from the wall. I was so surprised and touched when I unwrapped the gift! It currently hangs in our dining room. =)
Do you have any creative piano-related projects to share?