Wednesday, 15 July 2009

My Piano - a White Elephant?

I have been doing some thinking about my beloved piano. It is old. It is out of tune. It is falling apart. It has major internal problems. And it is beautiful. I do not play the piano (I can play "The Rose", that's it), so it sits collecting dust and taking up space. KD does not like my piano. But it is beautiful. I love the cherry wood that it is made of, and the details. I will not sell it.

I'd like to get it restored, but that would cost at least four times the actual value of the piano. And if I force myself to think realistically, I know that we will never be able to justify spending that kind of money on it.

Our living space would be much improved if we got rid of the piano. But I'm torn. I love the family history behind it, but I am starting to realize that it is just in the way. And it is not really healthy or Christlike to be so attached to a posession...expecially one that is hard to move and weighs a ton!

So. I'm thinking of taking it apart and keeping the wood. The insides would be discarded, and I would someday use the gorgeous wood for building other beautiful furniture. I just can't decide. And of course I have to discuss it with my is their heirloom too.


  1. That poor piano took a lot of abuse from us growing up! I am ok with you doing whatever you wish with the piano. I know you will do right by it and create something beautiful from the wood. You have my blessing! Maybe there is other things you can do with the rest of the piano...piano key art? You could take the sections of the piano keys and make wall art, there are enough keys that all 4 (5 if mom wants one)of us could have a momento. just an idea.


  3. You could make something really lovely out of the nice cherry wood then you would always have a bit of the piano with you.

  4. That's a hard one! We decided to give up our piano about 6 years ago. We donated it to a women's shelter so I felt good about that. I don't have a huge house and we just really didn't have the space for it.


  5. Hi Jo,
    I'm not sure what I'd do in your position. I have a secretary that is an heirloom and its followed me around for a while and I've always managed to fit it in somewhere, but a piano is a different story. Its hard to make decisions like this, isn't it?

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  6. Would you want to keep it for your little ones to take lessons??

    ~ Sarah


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