One option for that beautiful but not functional old square grand...

(From the October 2015 issue of This Old House Magazine (

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From: Gary and Karen Thompson of Fort Thomas, Kentucky

"When we downsized our home, we didn't have space for our out-of-commission 1834 square grand piano. Karen, a pianist, came up with the idea to make it into a kitchen island.
We pulled out the nonworking soundboard and harp and removed the keys (saved for a future project), then added a brace across one end to support the stone countertop".

- Frank B.
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