Used Pianos Repurposed Into Home Decor Masterpieces

Repurposed piano full bar and cabinet

Repurposed piano full bar and cabinet. source: bendmortgagelender.com

“Play it again, Sam.” Those words never rang more true than in today’s repurposing pianos feature. For sure, the following DIYers have “played it again”, reinventing these players into beautiful decor pieces that hit several design notes including creativity, functionality and style. If you’re no longer tickling the ivories in your home, see how you might reinvent your “88s” into a new kind of musical masterpiece.

Repurposed piano full bar and cabinet (top photo): an old 1896 piano was gutted but is now filled with the “spirits” of music. When the cabinet doors are closed this literal piano bar still looks like a piano. Extra cool factor? There is room under the the keyboard cover for shot glasses and stir sticks.

Repurposed piano planter

Repurposed piano planter. source: BillRhodesPhotos, flickr

Repurposed piano planter: with so many damaged players from hurricanes and floods, it’s a shame to let them go to waste. With a bit of urban flair, a talented DIYer reconstructs and repositions the piano strings as stenciled birds fly amongst planted flowers that now play silently beautiful, decor music.

Repurposed piano fountain

Repurposed piano fountain. source: Bérénice, flickr

Repurposed piano fountain: I’m almost certain TLC would have included this piano in their “Waterfall” video. It’s definitely a work of garden art.

Repurposed piano book case

Repurposed piano book case. source: entero.ee

Repurposed piano book case: reinventing an iconic musical piece of furniture takes a great eye and lots of DIY imagination. This early 1900s piano, built in the Riga Musical Instrument Factory, was gutted and the body was made deeper in order to allow room for large books. It was ultimately reworked then coated with cherry wood veneer to last far into the next century.

Repurposed piano headboard

Repurposed piano headboard. source: thehandsonwoodworker.com

Repurposed piano headboard: a piano family heirloom had a damaged soundboard and was consequently stored for over 13 years. It was then disassembled and eventually turned into this impressive bedroom feature piece. Talk about “playing beautiful music together!”

Repurposed electric keyboard with music library shelf

Repurposed electric keyboard with music library shelf. source: tomorrowsantiques.com

Repurposed piano electric keyboard with music library shelf: you might say this is almost more of an update than a repurposing project. An 1890′s piano was so loved by its owner that instead of tossing it, he decided to keep its functionality in tact, so to speak. The keys were replaced and the housing was retrofitted to accommodate his electric keyboards. The strings were then removed and a shelf was installed to keep music books and equipment handy.

Repurposed piano desk

Repurposed piano desk. source: teelauctions.com

Repurposed piano desk: who knew a baby piano was the perfect size for a home office desk? This piece was reworked and finished to suit scribbling instead of serenading.

Extra! Extra! See how one of our HomeJelly readers repurposed a found piano into a grand kitchen island.

Skaie Knox

Written by Skaie Knox

Decor nerd, design enthusiast and the Editor-in-Chief/Writer for HomeJelly and co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Dwellingz, a real estate home story-telling website. Skaie is also a published singer/songwriter and kids book author, voted "Class Clown", and rescue dogs crusader. If you're in the market for a new home, or just want to learn the "inside scoop" on Los Angeles real estate, click onto her photo and read her home tours and stories at www.dwellingz.com.

Conversation

  1. Rick on August 26, 2012 at 6:22 am

    These are fantastic ideas. It reminds me of these people who repurpose old dictionaries: http://www.etsy.com/shop/WhiskerPrints

  2. Erin @ The Great Indoors on October 3, 2012 at 12:39 am

    I’m so sad to see pianos not being used for their original purpose, but these are all incredible ideas. People’s creativity will never cease to amaze me.

  3. Sheri on December 11, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Was thinking about a piano in the garden as a planter/garden feature…. love the fountain … keeps the music theme… There are so many old pianos beyond restoration out there which could be used in so many ways… I love the shape of them.

    • Skaie Knox on December 11, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      I so totally agree. If you have the space, what a beautiful way to bring music into your garden. Better there than a landfill, right?!? Thanks for stopping by Sheri!

  4. Patrick on July 19, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    We manufacture our baby grand piano bookcases from scratch. Our etsy site shows a variety of designs. We began this project 3 years ago and would like your readers to know that we design each one with a custom finish , veneer and wood.

    • Skaie Knox on July 25, 2013 at 12:48 am

      Thanks Patrick! Can you leave the link to your pianos so we can take a look?

  5. margot on July 21, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I had to take care of my grandmothers estate a couple years back…. really wish I’d see this post then. What great ideas!

    • Skaie Knox on July 21, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      @Margot…right? Still, you never know when a broken or almost-trash piano will cross our paths again!

      • margot on July 22, 2014 at 8:51 pm

        I am keeping my eyes open…. I’m thinking two would be awesome. A bookshelf and a water fountain are just great ideas. My husband will die but my yard is crying out for a piano fountain.

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