Used Pianos Repurposed Into Home Decor Masterpieces

Repurpose / Refurbish
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.

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Written By Skaie Knox

Decor/Design/Repurposing nerd and DIYer, brand ambassador, freelance writer, and the editor-in-chief for HomeJelly. Skaie is also a signed and published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). She was voted "Class Clown", and is a rescue dogs crusader.

  • Rick

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

  • Erin @ The Great Indoors

    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.

    • FRANCESCO D’ANTONIO DI BARTOLOMMEO

      Not every piano can be fixed some times the hammers and keys get so worn that they aren’t usable anymore.

  • Sheri

    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.

    • http://homejelly.wpengine.com Skaie Knox

      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!

  • http://www.patrickglynnltd.com Patrick

    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.

    • http://homejelly.wpengine.com Skaie Knox

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

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  • http://thechirpingfrog.blogspot.com/ margot

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

    • http://homejelly.wpengine.com Skaie Knox

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

      • http://thechirpingfrog.blogspot.com/ margot

        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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  • Marilyn Peters

    I have a lovely cherry wood Wurlitzer type organ with dainty curved legs et al. I want to at least repurpose the wood. Thanks.

    • http://www.about.me/skaieknox Skaie Knox

      Great idea, Marilyn! Let us know what you do with it! Send any photos to skaie@homejelly.com. Good luck!