The Piano, Unveiled!


It’s done! It’s done! It’s done! And here it sits, the way I always imagined it could look, in my living room.  It was way more work than I first thought, but it was also totally worth every drop of blood, sweat and tears.  Remember, it was black– with stain, years of grime and neglect. It was so bad someone actually put it out for the trash… and now it’s a gem.

Now I need to get a piano repair guy in here to fix the broken hammers ( I have them all) and give her a good tuning, and we’ll all be able to start our piano lessons.

We had an Elder come over one night who sat down and banged out a smashing, if slightly off-tune, rendition of Rhapsody in Blue, so it shouldn’t be too hard to bring the old lady back into usable condition. Even if She never holds a tune, I will never get rid of my beauty.

Here is a side shot of the wood, so you can see what quarter-sawn tiger oak looks like… lovely.


25 thoughts on “The Piano, Unveiled!

  1. Holy moly! That was quick. Well, at least for those of us who weren’t covered in sawdust and wood stripper. 🙂 I love the grain on that wood.

  2. WAy to go!! It looks great. I have an antique rocking chair that I bought, pre-kids, with the intention of refinishing. It has sat in 2 garages and is now occupying our basement. BUT. I will finish it. It will be gorgeous. Someday….

  3. Your piano is beautiful. It must feel so good to have it turn out like that. Hopefully the repair man can now make it sound as beautiful as if looks

  4. Whew hooo! New people! Thanks for the kind words, everyone.

    Sleep? Bah! Who needs sleep. I gave it up after the second baby was born. 😉

  5. That is pretty amazing. I can see why they call it Tiger wood…

    Just when I think that there is nothing more you can possibly do to suprise me….. now, when do the lessons start? 😉

  6. Okay – that is amazingly beautiful wood! Such a treasure! I hope you can get someone to fix it up for you so it will sound as great as it looks!

  7. LOVING that quarter sawn wood. You’re right, you can’t get that quality today. What a find. Congratulations. I can’t believe it was thrown out either. Most don’t wanna take the time to restore a treasure. I admire and envy this job. Great work.

  8. I’m so glad you posted this, I was so interested when you started into the project it’s great to see the end result and wow is it lovely.

    I’m terribly impressed!

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