Adios, unwanted piano!

When we did the final walk-through a week before closing on our house, the former owner tried to sell us their piano. We politely declined. Imagine our surprise, then, when we discovered it still sitting there in our hallway.

I should mention that we didn't reject the piano because we are piano-haters.  We are actually piano-lovers. Well, Rick is a piano-lover, and I love to listen to Rick the piano-lover play the piano he loves. (Say that 5 times fast.) But Rick has a really nice keyboard that we saved up for a few years ago, and he eventually would like to own a baby grand. So it just didn't make sense to buy this one, have it serve no function other than a dust-collector, and then have to move it ourselves a few years down the line when we got tired of not dusting it looking at it.

But we ended up with it anyway. Good thing we didn't pay to have it still sitting there in our hallway, right? :)

Anyway, since we didn't want it, we decided to put it on Craigslist for free, where it was listed for approximately four months. We had probably 20 people express interest in "coming to pick it up." Of the 20, zero showed up, and zero called or emailed to say they had changed their mind. In the meantime, Rick began teaching himself how to tune pianos using our unwanted house guest and Gingerbread began teaching herself how to launch her kitty self from the top of the staircase to the piano to the floor instead of going down the stairs properly. Apparently she has such a busy schedule that she must utilize shortcuts like that.

Finally, this past weekend, someone called on Saturday morning and said they'd be here by 4pm that afternoon. I fully intended to never meet them (we didn't have a good follow-through track record...) but I was happily proven wrong when they did show up, and the two of them carried it out of the house themselves. I offered to help, but they declined when I flexed my arm muscles. Apparently I don't have much in the way of arm muscles.

(I captured this iconic moment through the window so as to minimize my appearance of being creepy. Even though they probably already thought I was creepy what with the arm-flexing and all.)

Bye-bye, piano.

Rick asked them what they were going to do with it, and their answer was much more interesting than we  expected: they planned to turn it into a desk! Apparently, they have a business of doing that and then selling them. I was pretty excited, because I love the idea of completely repurposing stuff. And I was even more excited when I walked back into the house and had a completely piano-less hallway.

Gingerbread, however, is in mourning. She has taken up vigil until she has fully passed through the seven stages of grief. Or...until she gets distracted by some speck of nothing that she sees float by.

Has anyone ever seen a piano repurposed? (I'm curious now!)


  1. Interesting. I had no idea people did that!

    Send my condolences to Gingerbread. Parents are always screwing thing up...

  2. Yay for an open hallway! It's too bad WE didn't think of the whole build a desk thing - kind of a cool idea!

    Do you have any tree plants for sale?

  3. loving the openness of the hallway.

    xoxo, chrissy
    The Perfect Palette

  4. Do they have a website or anything to see piano desks? That's cool!

    As always, you crack me up.

  5. yay for the empty hallway! and i wish i knew about it and lived close, i definetly woulda picked it up and then painted it yellow:)

  6. I would so love to see what they do to the piano! I have an upright piano too that is at my parents house and my mom keeps trying to get me to take it. Like yeah, let me put it in the back of the mustang. It's pretty, and eventually I would like it, but dang those things are SO big. Hard to decorate around.

  7. I've seen a few pics of repurposed pianos. They always look so cool. There's a pic of a piano desk on this link (near the bottom) http://meridianroad.blogspot.com/2010/10/why-i-like-people-who-like-junk.html

    I've seen a whole bunch of pics on someone's blog about pianos used for other things but heck if I can remember which blog!

  8. http://www.flickr.com/photos/pascal_creative_wood_designer/5172598789/in/photostream/

    Piano made into a bar, kind of neat!

  9. I don't get how that's a piano? But maybe that's just because I only took piano lessons for about 10 minutes in 6th grade and forgot what they look like since then.

    PS - The woodwork in your hallway is gorgeous!

    PPS - I think you should install some kind of secret kitty passageway to make up for this giant feline inconvenience.

    PPPS - That photo of your forlorn kitty watching his piano friend get hauled away is heartbreaking.

  10. For some reason I read the title as "Adios unPAINTED piano" and got super excited (slash a little jealous) because I thought that you had painted it a fun color.

    I have dreams of making this: http://pinterest.com/pin/13978095/ in yellow.

    I had a piano growing up that, like you, my mom has been trying to give away for months. I would LOVE to have it and repaint it a fun color but alas she lives in Tennessee and I live in California.... :( Maybe I should start scouring Craigslist for a free piano...

  11. Rachel8/04/2011

    Sad face, Erin...you so totally should have kept it and turned it into a kitty apartment complete with a 'bathroom' for the litterbox and a catnip area :-p

    Or...if that didn't work out...you could have tried this:


    ....of course you would need more cats...


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