Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Piano

I apologize that I have been the absentee blogger this week. I am hosting a double baby shower for two of my dearest friends on Saturday, and I wanted to get the house ready. You know those lists that you formulate over time of things that you want to get done, but just don't seem to get around to until you have that little push? Well, this was that little push. This week I have
shampooed the carpets
painted the stairwell (With the hubby's help. It goes up to our second story and has one of those ridiculous two story high open areas. I was just so sure he was going to fall off of the ladder. Thankfully, he didn't.)
cleaned like crazy
made party favors
used dry erasers to remove my daughters artwork from the walls
etc, etc, etc,... I am exhausted
In the midst of all of this my hubby refinished our piano, so this week 'Favorite Spots Friday' is being pre-empted by my utter excitement for my new FAVORITE piece of furniture Friday.
We purchased this piano from a friend when she was moving. We payed $100- for it. We knew it was a big fixer upper, but I had a vision that I could not shake. (I am really glad that my man humors me so, because he does such beautiful work.)
It started out not the prettiest color with lots of worn spots and muck on it, and a broken, really homely book stand. He sanded the tar out of it, and it took him forever! (The cute man worked his cute hiney off.)
Then he used 3 coats of stain on it, and two coats of clear semi-gloss.
All the while I got to go shopping. I know, it sounds so unfair and decadent, but I was a woman on a mission so it really was work. ;) I knew exactly what I wanted for the book stand,...I just had to find it. Finally (do you hear the angels singing?), there it was. The art pieces were a little dinged up, so I got them on major clearance.

The right width for a book stand required me to buy two. :) Then we finished it off with a couple of knobs that I had saved for a special occasion.

I JUST LOVE IT!! I have been staring at it for a few hours now. THANK YOU LOVEY!!! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!! OH, another surface to decorate.........GLEE!!


Jennifer said...

Wow... I am amazed!!! How beautiful!!! Steve did a fantastic job and I love the book stand! I can imagine how you were staring at it... we are all doing that too.

Zuzana said...

Holly, I admire you so, where do you find the time and energy, I so wonder.
You are a talented family, all of you. The piano is a piece of art. You guys should open an antique shop or something. I am in total awe and utterly impressed.
Simply gorgeous!

Julie said...

Holly wow that looks amazing! He did a wonderful job and I love the book stand it looks so great!!!! Have a great weekend:)

Wendy said... looks fantastic! I love the dark stain...and I don't know what I expected for the bookstand. But I think it looks gorgeous!!!!

Darlene said...

That is BEAUTIFUL! What a fabulous job you and your hubby did on it. I would be sitting and staring too!!!!!

Valarie Lea said...

Oh my goodness! That looks awesome!!!!

Sally Wood said...

Wow, it looks really nice. Way to go Steve, that wins MAJOR points I am sure! It looks like it was a lot of work, but very worth it, and what a steal at $100!

Serendipity said...

I LOVE when someone sees potential!

It turned out lovely....and so worth the work!

Ms. Tee said...

Oh Holly, it's just beautiful! It's a dream of mine to get a piano someday - it's just gorgeous. You and your hubby did a wonderful job! :)

P.S. I linked to your hymn printables today!

Kendra@My Insanity said...

This is lovely! I have an old piano that needs some TLC. Tell me where you got the stuff for the bookstand and how you installed it. It makes all the difference.

(Well, that and the hours of sanding and refinishing!:-))

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Well that is fairy tale ending if I ever saw one. Hats off to your husband. I can hardly believe it's the same piano! I would look at it for hours too if I were you. And that book stand...pure genius!!!
Hope you post about the baby shower. I'm sure it all turned out lovely. : )

Kim -today's creative blog said...

thanks for stopping by. said...

Are you kidding me??? I can't even believe the vision and the know-how you guys have. Wow. Now I will be looking at my old piano in a whole new light. Will your husband teach a refinishing class for a group? I would love to learn. I can't believe the genius of the bookstand. Unbelieveable! Plus the pulls. I've needed some for years and have never come across what I could use. Please advise. Very, very cool. Lessons please.

Holly Campbell said...

Just b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!!! You are blessed to have someone who shares, and/or embraces your visions of possiblities! It looks wonderful.

Amber said...

Wow! Your hubby did a fantastic job. All his work was well worth it though! It turned out beautifully!

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