Repurposing A Piano
We got a new to us, free 1900 Heintzman to replace our slightly newer old piano. The old one had cracks forming in the soundboard & was at a place where it no longer made sense to keep it hanging on.
Instead of moving the whole (retired) thing out at once, we decided to dismantle it instead. We have been trying to figure out how to repurpose as much of it as we can.
The main body may be useful as a deep bookcase. I thought of creating a blanket chest, but the one part that could be used as a front is actually two, so it would complicate that idea. The front leg area might work as part of a console table. The bottom cover could make a headboard. The upper behind the books part, I thought could be a coat rack/shelf, but it is pretty heavy for that, I think. The keyboard cover leaves me stumped. The felt hammers could be keychains or Christmas decorations. The strings might be able to be formed into musical Christmas decorations. There are bead like parts that could be beads for something, but I don't know what.
The ivory & ebony haven't yet been checked to see if they are authentic or not, but it is possible. I understand that sometimes the ivory can be used as inlay on instruments and the ebony might be able to be carvable. I've read that the wood behind the harp can sometimes be used for instrument making.
If we had a playroom, the harp part would prove popular for kids. Ours have been strumming and gently hitting the strings with the hammers with ear pleasing (for them) results. It has gotten a little overwhelming at times for us adults. I don't know if it could be donated somewhere for a purpose like this?
I checked Pinterest and a few other places for ideas, but wondered if any of you might have additional ideas.
I will leave you with a bunch of old piano pictures and a picture of our new to us beauty.
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