Repurposing an Antique Piano into a Headboard
The headboard was re-purposed from a family heirloom piano that was my mother-in-laws and a gift from her father or my wife’s grandfather. It was also the piano my wife (Kay) learned to play. Kay was given the piano after her parents retired and moved to the lake so we’ve been storing the piano for at least 13 years. The soundboard was damaged so we never really considered having it repaired back to working condition. After some discussion and with permission from my wife I disassembled the piano. It has been disassembled for a couple of years but with a promise to re-purpose it into a useful piece of furniture.
I broached the idea of re-purposing it into a headboard for a new queen size bed we purchased for a spare bedroom. Kay thought it sounded like a great idea so I pulled out all the piano pieces and laid them out on the driveway. Then the fun started! After an hour of rearranging and more design collaboration with Kay and Steven Todd, my first attempt at re-purposing began.
The backbone of the headboard is ¾” sheet of plywood. But joints reinforced with screws made the joinery go quickly. Kay insisted that the wood not be refinished. She liked the patina and didn’t care about a few scratches. With assistance from Steven Todd it took about 25 hours to clean the wood with Murphy Oil Soap, design and assembly entire headboard. The piano was attached to the wall with a French cleat.
The headboard was started and completed all during the Labor Day weekend 2010 except for the 8 hours it took to disassembling the piano couple of years ago.
All of the headboard components were made from the original piano parts except for the plywood backbone and the French cleat. As always many thanks to Steven for his strong arms, sharp mind and good design ideas.
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