Craft Room · Home Improvements

The Piano and Mouzart

I have been looking at and just loving old piano’s that have been converted to a bar.  I love the piano and I think it is fabulous that these beautiful old piano’s that are not longer functioning are having the workmanship rescued by turning it into something beautiful.

That being said, I have been watching for an old piano that is obviously not able to be saved for the music to turn into my computer desk.   I finally found one on Craigslist for basically free, but because I needed it delivered, I ended up getting it for $80.  (They only asked $60, but it was a beast to get into my basement, so I gave them an extra $20)

Here is the photo from the Craigslist listing.  I knew it was going to have spent time in someone’s garage, shed or even a barn, so I knew it was going to take a lot of cleaning up.

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Well, I got started by scraping away some of the parts of the wood that had probably been stained or something like that when it was made.  It could have been a shellac, but I just know that over the years, it was very easy to just scrap off with my Pazzles Mat Scraper.

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Then I started removing pieces.  The right side of the keys were a mess.  They had obviously had some mice living there at some point.  I found an entire bed, but got it vacuumed out and just pulled the stuff out by hand.

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I started to remove the keys from right to left and about 1/3 of the way through, I look to my left and there was a little mouse.   I admit, I swore under my breath, because I knew I was going to have to take care of the situation.  More on that later.

I finished removing the keys.  I threw away the ones from the right side where the mouse house was and put the ones from the left into a box for a future project.  (I have big plans…*grin)

I would take a break for an hour here and an hour there to do some work for my job.  Then I would go back to removing more pieces.

In the evening, as I turned on the Designer Chat for my job.  I was working on things with my computer and I started hearing piano noises.  I caught a little bit of it here after I saw him pop his head up to say hi.
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We got a few photos of him before we went and got the humane traps from my daughter, so that we could deliver Mouzart to the country when we catch him.  I had hoped when I woke up this morning he would be joyfully waiting for me and ready for a car ride.  Unfortunately, he wasn’t.

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I have since visited the hardware store and got some sticky traps.  My hope is that he will still find the humane traps, but if not, then I will still get him out of the house in other ways.  I may have lost the first battle, but I will win the war.

I’m not going to lie.  He is kind of cute, but it is also freaking me out a little.  Mice don’t scare me, but they scurry and that usually shoots my heart rate up pretty fast when I’m not ready for it, so I don’t like that part.  Plus, sitting here working in my studio is a little rough today, because I am on high alert.

Here are a series of the photos of the initial clean up and taking apart.  I will do a full blog on the actual process of creating the desk after I finish up here.   I got a good start, but there is more work ahead.  First, I need to conquer the smell. (I’m making progress.)

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Craft Room · Home Improvements · Scrapbooking

The Organizer

Since we have moved to Lincoln, I have just not had my craft studio completely unpacked and put together.  I have had items in other drawers and cupboards in other rooms and just haven’t been able to finish getting it all organized and put away.

Part of the problem is I came from a custom craft room.  I literally was able to be there every step of the way when my custom craft room was built and it was exactly what I wanted.  If you haven’t ever seen that room, be sure and jump over to my old blog here and take a look.

This room is much bigger and I didn’t want to do built ins this time…partially because if for some unknown reason we ever have to move, I want to take it with me.  Of course, the plan is, we will never move again and it seems that is very likely.

Anyway, I realized I needed help to just get over the ‘hump’ of finishing things off.  The base is here and I have a ton of stuff done, but I just need it to be finished, so I can get on to my craft projects.  So I hired a professional organizer, Melissa from Solutions by S and S.

A few days before she arrived, I sent these photos to her to give her an idea of what we would be working on.

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Melissa from Solutions by S and S is so sweet and professional.  I love that she asked me what the purpose of each area was and worked around what I envisioned.  She was just able to keep things moving a long.

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Things got worse before they got better, but I totally expected that.

4 1/2 hours later everything has a place and I know where things go.  I feel so much better and I feel relaxed and able to create.  I know I will make messes as I create, but I feel so good to know where everything goes when it is time to clean up.  I love that my new custom cabinet is organized and that there is still plenty of room for other items that I’m sure I will find as time goes on.  Best of all, everything has a home.

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For those in the Lincoln, NE area, I would highly recommend Melissa from Solutions by S and S and for those of you in other places that are ready to get a grasp on your craft areas or any other part of your house, I highly recommend hiring a professional to either get you started or as was my case, help you finish.

Now it is time to decide on paint colors for the tables and to add things to my walls, etc.  I can also move on with the idea of teaching classes again, but I’ll save that for another day and another blog.

Home Improvements

Walls Away

So this morning we woke up to a house that had all of its walls. At about 4:00pm, we started tearing down the walls between the kitchen/dining area and the living room.

It is “kind of” dirty and messy at the moment, but here is the start. I will be giving updates as we get things ‘reassembled’ and remodeled to the way we want.

Here are some pictures of the walls coming down.  Jeff and I had fun doing it and it didn’t take as long as we thought it would.  It is so open and amazing.

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Craft Room · Home Improvements

The BIGGER Table Update

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Well, we got the other piece in here…now to hook it together and get it painted.  I need to figure out what colors I want, etc.  There should be plenty of room to craft here.

I scrapbooked on half of it the other day and it was so wonderful to be able to stand up and work on things.  Plus, I have stools to use, so I am set.

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So, leave a comment and let me know what you think.  Plus, I’d love to hear any ideas.  I have a bazillion running around in my head, but nothing is set in stone….yet and probably ever when it comes to my craft studio.