Piano/bar conversion

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Project by Chris posted 02-05-2016 01:58 PM 1496 views 11 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first piano to bar conversion. An 1895 upright piano from Packard Piano Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Purchased on EBay for $100. I had a lot of fun doing this, and was amazed at the craftsmanship that went into its construction. Tried to save and reuse as much as possible. Iron “harp” will become a waterfall feature on my deck. Piano “action” (keys and rocker arms) is now wall art. Bottom cabinet holds 20 wine bottles. Middle storage area houses bottles of spirits. Top storage hold shot glasses and bar supplies. 8 LED lights with 15 different colors looks great at night. I will be picking up a second piano this week and will do it again. By the way, there were nearly 5000 pieces in this piano! Thanks for looking.

-- Chris, Virginia

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#1 posted 02-05-2016 04:34 PM

Well done sir! We just had our basement finish and the contractor put in plumbing for a wet bar while he was at it. Thought it was a good idea even if I didn’t use it it was there for the next owners. I have an old upright piano sitting right in front of this plumbing. Thought of something like you did here with a little sink in a cabinet beside the piano. The piano has been sitting for years, no one plays….but you guessed it, my wife says NO.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 02-05-2016 05:48 PM

Now THIS is a brilliant idea! Great work!

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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#3 posted 02-05-2016 06:22 PM

what a fabulous conversion, bet it makes for a great conversation piece when your mates come round :)

(have one for me Bud :: )))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 02-05-2016 06:52 PM

That’s so awesome!! I would replace the first pic with the one of the bar, not just the piano. All we see is a piano until we click on the project. And that bar is AMAZEballs.

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#5 posted 02-05-2016 08:11 PM

Nice project!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 02-05-2016 09:07 PM

Looks great, I have been planning to do one of these conversions…I have found lots of Pianos free on craigslist, and as soon as I finish building all these cabinets, that’s on the list!! Hopefully mine turns out as nice as yours!

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#7 posted 02-05-2016 11:12 PM

I quess you will be singing a happy tune. It looks very vice and well done. Looks like you are on a roll.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 02-06-2016 09:17 AM

Chris, this is very creative and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 02-06-2016 06:10 PM

Now that is a real piano bar!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 02-06-2016 06:26 PM

very cool idea and nicely done not bad for a hundred bucks

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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