I wish I would have taken a good before picture but I guess we just got to excited and forgot! BOO! We got our piano for free (we saved it from the dumpster!) It needed some help but Babe was excited to experiment with it. He fixed all the sticky keys, and even learned how to tune it. The piano didn't have a book holder on it so a while we decided to make one! While we were in Utah on one of our trips Babe designed, and cut out the book holder all by himself (and help from my mom!) After he made it it sat on our piano for months before we actually finished sanding and stained it. Oops..
^^ It's kind of hard to see but you can see the book holder in the picture above. ^^
Babe has loved taking apart the piano and seeing how it all works. One of the black keys had broken off so he figured out how to take it off and glue it back together!
While Babe worked on the piano I worked on our coffee table we got from a friend. We love it because it has some good storage on it and the top lifts up into a tall table!
I sanded it down and used some gel stain!
Another issue with the piano was the lid- it was chipped and had water damage on it so some of the wood was warped and missing. We sanded it all down, filled in the missing spots to make it all even and stained the lid- the same color as the coffee table and the piano book holder. If we planned on keeping the piano forever we would have stained it all and made it look amazing but with limited time, space, and money we decided against it. So it may look a little funny to have some of it black and some of it brown but with our other brown and black things in our family room we thought it was okay.
AFTER! Believe it or not it looks, sounds, and feels 100% better then it did. Still not the best piano but we are proud of how it turned out- and happy to have it finished! Maybe later down the road we will stain more of it but for now were calling it! Also I LOVE how the book holder turned out- Babe sure is a man of many talents!