|Project by DerekJ||posted 06-15-2016 08:19 PM||1235 views||4 times favorited||17 comments|
This was quite a fun project for me to tackle over the past few months! I got a free piano from Craigslist and decided – after much deliberation – to turn it into a bar! The piano was manufactured in Boston in or around 1917 by Poole Piano, a well-known American piano maker.
The project has around 140+ hours into it – most of which was spent stripping, sanding and cleaning. My favorite part about the whole thing is that I wired the pedal on the right to be the light switch.
I also removed broken and chipped veneer and then salvaged veneer from other parts of the piano to re-veneer the piece. The hinges and other brass pieces were all cleaned and polished; the pedals and casters were removed and sandblasted and re-painted. The piano is finished with a semi-gloss General Finishes Oil and Urethane Top Coat.
The only things that aren’t from the original piano:
1) Rounded side veneer – purchased that and mixed stain until I had a close color match (The original was totally shot – cracked, nailed, ripped, holes, etc)
2) The glass shelf and lighting
3) The wooden piece in the bottom to hide the dead spaces.
4) Granite slab bar surface
I hope you enjoy, and feel free to take a look at this photo album to see all my progress pictures: https://goo.gl/photos/3s54J2TUUbxCHjRP7
I’ll happily answer any questions!
-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE