Artist and musician Jonathan Miranda Sickmeyer salvaged a 110 year old piano which was listed on Craigslist and saved the piano from a trip to the dump if no one collected it.
Unfortunately “all the keys were stripped of their ivory so I couldn’t salvaged any of it,” explains Jonathan but rather than trash the craftsmanship he decided to transform it into a unique piano desk.
The My Modern Met website explains :
Sickmeyer began his DIY project by heading to a lumber mill. There, he selected a slab of wood for the desktop and had it cut into a 2-feet-wide by 6-feet-long board. This was just large enough to fit inside where the keys once were. He then planed and stained the wood. Afterwards, it was time to select lighting. “I wanted an elegant lighting system for the desk,” he explained; later, Sickmeyer installed warm, adjustable recessed illumination. In total, six lights were placed in the piano.
The most labor-intensive (and smelly) part of the project was coating the desktop with epoxy. “It was either this or glass, and this was cheaper,” Sickmeyer wrote. “And more fun, I think.” The process involved pouring multiple layers of the sticky material onto the board and then using a blowtorch to pop any air bubbles. Once fully dry, Sickmeyer’s work was almost done. He polished the rest of the piano’s wood and placed it among the cozy leather furniture of his home.
The handiwork is stunning. Sickmeyer’s one-of-a-kind piece of furniture showcases the intricate inner working of the instrument while producing a dynamic backdrop for his iMac. It’s easily the most eye-catching piece in the room.
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