Friday, August 15, 2008

The Piano-Show and Tell Friday

Kelli at There's No Place Like Home is hosting Show and Tell Fridays.
I would like to share with you my antique oak piano. I've had this piano since the early seventies. My aunt Gloria, who reads my blog, helped get it for us. She used to be an antique dealer and went to lots of auctions. The funny thing is...she doesn't remember getting us the piano! I don't know how you could forget this!


It has not been refinished, and is a darker oak. I recently moved it from our living area to the foyer area. It is a tight squeeze ....I really need about 6 more inches! This is a view from the staircase.


Here's another view from the front. You can see how close it is to the front door. I don't play the piano very much...only when I'm here by myself. I'm not that talented! LOL
The piano didn't have a bench, so I've been looking for one. The one in the picture is from Booker's Antiques in a place called Whynot, MS. His shop is very crowded has lots of stuff including snakes. When I bought the bench I made him bring it out and look inside...didn't want to get home and find a snake curled up in there!

I'm sure my grandmother had something to do with me getting this piano. She thought everyone should have one in their home. I have a feeling she kept mentioning it until my aunt found one for me!
My kids think I should sell it since I don't play it and there's really not that much room for it, but so far I can't do it. I wish I could create about another half a foot in the width of the foyer!
Thanks for stopping by!

24 comments:

Southern Lady said...

Diane, I agree with your grandmother ... there's just nothing like having a piano in your home, and yours is beautiful. Are you sure there's not somewhere you can put it?

Darlene said...

That is beautiful and it looks gorgeous even with the tight squeeze. I had a handed down piano when we were first married and we moved it several times across different states....we finally ended up selling it.

Jeanne said...

Diane, your piano is beautiful, of course, I love the antiqueness ( that may not be a word, but I like it) of it all. The things you have displayed on the top look wonderful. You have a decorator's eye. I'm serious, everything you post about your home is shown beautifully. Don't get rid of it, as it means something to you. I like your story about it.

Have a happy day.

Jeanne

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh,.........I love pianos and piano music. What a fabulous share this week Diane.

My show n tell is a bit of my own pencil sketches this week. Stop by if you can...and, have a super weekend.

Kim's Treasures said...

Such a beautiful piano! I really like it in the foyer!
Have a nice day!
Kim

Dawn said...

It's beautiful! I wish I could play piano. I've always wanted one! I would have a hard time getting rid of it. Who knows, maybe Conner will want to play it someday?

take care,
Dawn

Picket said...

That is a beautiful piano girl..It just adds so much to a place even if you don't play it..hey I got my dad's old coon hunting horn hanging on the wall and I can't blow that thing for nothing...like to have herniated myself trying once! lol But I wouldn't take it off the wall for nothing! Sometimes it not the fact that we actually use a certain thing it is the memories or sentiment it gives to us...have a great day girl!

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Your piano is beautiful, and I'm so glad you were able to leave the snakes behind! LOL!

I read your post below too! People say things and don't even know or understand what they are talking about! Maybe this was one of those cases! LOL! I get comments from family members at times like this too! But then, many of them read my blog and enjoy it! So go figure! LOL! I probably blog way too much...but I so enjoy it and it is an outlet for me! I replace my TV time with it. But it helps me in positive ways. For one, the relationships I have formed with other bloggers, such as you, and become invaluable & treasured friendships! We laugh, we cry, we even pray together! And I get a lot of projects started and finished, so that I can share them. And I get ideas for new ones! I hope you will stick with and do what is right for you. ..or you could have a lot of time of your hands, instead of blogging...and be negative and insensitive like that poor soul! LOLOL!

I love your blog, and appreciate your friendship even more!
Hugs, Rhonda :)

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

I like your piano Diane . I wish I could play one .

Steve Buser said...

I think pianos and fireplaces are required accoutrement for a warm feeling home -- use of both is optional.

Brenda Kula said...

The detail of the wood is beautiful! I think it's a keeper! I didn't quite understand; are you still looking for another bench? Cause I was thinking that one would look great if you added batting to cushion the top, and then stapled pretty fabric to match your room underneath, as I did my chairs last weekend. Just a thought!
Brenda

The Berry's Patch said...

It's gorgeous! I love hearing piano music. My daughter plays and it's the most soothing sound.

Have a great weekend!

Brandee :-)

Smilingsal said...

Hi,
I like your piano, and even if it's in a tight spot, you use it. Furthermore, it adds to helping you remember your loved ones.

Keep it!

onlymehere said...

I've always wanted to learn to play the piano and this one is beautiful. My son learned to play on a keyboard we purchased and I've always wanted to buy a piano since he caught on so quickly. He actually outpaced a couple of teachers and they referred him to the University to continue learning to play. It started to hold him back though that we didn't have a full keyboard so he kind of let it go since we couldn't afford a piano. Maybe someday! You're so fortunate to have a beautiful one! Maybe I'll be like my dad's second wife (after mom died). She learned to play the organ in her 70s! I admire that.

Katherinellen said...

Diane,
Your piano is ao beautiful! Love where you have it at...I think it looks wonderful there. I have caught up reading your blog...It so good to be back! I know what you mean about someone commented about you must have all the time to blogged. That's has happen to me....If I had to do it all over...I will still blog. You all are very special to me. It's brighten my day to hear from all of you. I have change to do my blog earlier before my husband come home so I can spend time with him. So keep your chin up and keep doing what you loves to do...forget about what they said. :) Smiles.... You have a wonderful weekends! Oh! I forgot to tell you that cabinet you saw at Collins...Rose at Sugarplum Cottage has a booth there....and it looks like her cabinet...I not sure! Her and her huaband build and do repair on cabinet. :)

Nancy said...

Hi Diane, That is a beautiful Piano. I use to play but it has been 22 years since the last time I played...WOW! I love how you have it decorated. Nancy

A Hint of Home said...

It's a pretty piece of furniture. I let my daughter take ours and I haven't missed it. It was hard at first since both girls learned to play on it but it wasn't being used here.

Beverly said...

Diane, it is beautiful. I see why you don't want to let it go.

Alex said...

What a lovely old piano. If I were there...I'd play a beautiful song for you.

a day in the life of bella said...

That's really pretty and your foyer is, too, it looks nice in there:) That's funny about the snakes, that is the 2nd snake blog post I read today! ;)

Bella

nikkicrumpet said...

The piano is beautiful...and I love the display on top...it looks perfect!

Melissa Wertz said...

Diane, I love your piano. It is beautiful. Finding a bench is hard.

Snakes! We will need to hear about that sometime.

HeathahLee said...

My Kiddo is in his second year of piano and we have to make do with a smaller keyboard. I would LOVE a piano like that! When I was little we had a beautiful antique piano that was passed around our house, my grandparents' house, and finally my aunt's house. Yours reminds me of it.

Brown-Eyes said...

Thanks for checking out my blog...I'm stumbling & fumbling along with it but hopefully I'll learn what I'm doing soon...LOL
I enjoyed looking at your pretty home and projects...there is just something about black objects that make them look so important Love 'em........ ;-) Brown-Eyes