After we restored our dining room, we knew we should put in a window seat to cover the radiator. Also, when we stripped the wallpaper in the dining room, we saw clues that there had been a window seat before: a mis-matched moulding under the windowsill, un-finished baseboards, a ghost of a line of stain where the seat was, and a series of truncated floorboards. We weren’t sure how it should look, or what to build it of.
So we carefully dismantled it, ending up with a nice array of mahogany. We stripped some pieces of the ubiquitous white paint, and an idea began to form… we reconfigured the piano into a window seat, using almost every scrap of the limited material, plus a few new 2x4s. The piano sides (double-thick pieces) became the seat lids, which open; the panels from the front of the piano became the facade; the remaining pieces were the frames; the piano hinges –well, obviously were used as hinges.
We melted off some veneer from a scrap and applied it to endgrain pieces for a finished look. A little trimming and staining and we were done, with hardly any leftover pieces!
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