Piano Desk

June 4, 2012

Last year Stephen and I picked up this old piano on for free. Sadly, the piano was broken and beyond repair.

Stephen had the brilliant idea of turning the piano into a desk!

Recently, I repainted it black.

Stephen took my little project a bit further by mounting his Apple display to the front of the piano! And he added color changing LED lighting inside and around the back!

I’m really happy with the way it turned out! Changing the colors of the LED’s is lots of fun too!

If you want to make a piano desk, search for free broken piano’s on or yard sales. Take out all of the strings and piano keys (keep the piano keys for a future DIY I’ll be posting!). Then decide what color you want to paint it! I first painted the piano grey, which looked really nice when I was using it, but I knew my husband would enjoy it better if it was black. After your paint is dry make sure you spray it with a clear coat of acrylic.

As for mounting the screen, I have no idea how Stephen did that. Perhaps I’ll ask him to guest post sometime to tell us how he did it! Would anyone be interested in that?



  • Reply Amanda June 4, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Wow! That is a FABULOUS project. I love desks. And I always think pianos are so pretty, though I don’t play. I’ll be keeping an eye out for a sad piano to bring home one of these days.

    • Reply mrsamberapple June 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks Amanda! I think pianos are pretty too! I hope you find one :)

  • Reply Amanda Castle June 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    absolutley wonderful! I love the new blog layout! Sorry if I am late on that :)

    • Reply mrsamberapple June 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Thank you! You aren’t late, the new look has only been up for a few days!

  • Reply Amber June 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I think this is such an ingenious idea – it looks so cool!! I can’t wait to see what you’re going to do with the keys! Have you ever watched the movie Becoming Jane? I love her piano keys in that movie because the regular keys are black and the sharps and flats are white – so cool!

    • Reply mrsamberapple June 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks Amber!! i love Becoming Jane!

  • Reply Elizabeth June 4, 2012 at 11:55 pm


    • Reply mrsamberapple June 5, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you Elizabeth!

  • Reply Rachel June 5, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    This needs to be pinterest famous.

    • Reply Mrs Amber Apple June 7, 2012 at 11:32 am

      Ha! thanks Rachel :)

  • Reply Victoria / Justice P June 6, 2012 at 8:34 am

    you people are so creative and unique!!!! This is awesome!!!

    • Reply Mrs Amber Apple June 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Thank you Victoria!

  • Reply Jenn @ The Powder Ke June 9, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Such a fantastic idea. I love the contrast of the fancy white cutouts against the black. It looks great.

    • Reply mrsamberapple July 31, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply Kat July 31, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    As an Emacs user, I can’t believe you removed the most important feature: the pedals!

    • Reply Stephen Apple August 1, 2012 at 1:39 am

      VIM ;)

  • Reply Valerie July 31, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Super clever! Glad to see something old being repurposed into something new…

    • Reply mrsamberapple August 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Thank you Valerie!

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  • Reply Big Ugly Man Doll August 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Thank you!!! We were about to list our 1921 Knabe on Craigslist for next to nothing; you’ve saved it! It will be a desk like this by Xmas – my wife just measured the space in our bedroom, it’ll fit. Yay! Thank you again!

    • Reply mrsamberapple August 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Oh wow! That’s fantastic! You’ll have to share pictures when you’re finished!

  • Reply @ThatGuyKC August 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Would LOVE to see a detailed how-to on creating a piano desk.

    It looks beautiful and minimalist all at once. Great re-purposing concept.

  • Reply Sean August 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    How is that desk ergonomically? Is the monitor not too high up to work from comfortably?

    • Reply stephenapple August 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      I’m 24 and don’t believe in ergonomics :) Seriously though, not as bad as it looks. The chair in the shot is a bit low. Eyes meet the screen a little above the middle which is more comfortable than looking down at a notebook on the table like I’m doing right now. The vertical pitch of the monitor is surprisingly nice as well.

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  • Reply Steve Oliver August 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Nicely done!

  • Reply Johnni August 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Wow- what a great idea, and it looks so GOOD. I agree with doing a little more and taking the cords all to the back.Would like to know how you attached the screen.

  • Reply Susan August 4, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    This is one of the coolest up-cycle ideas I have ever seen! Great one-of-a-kind look! Im gonna look for one to make myself!

  • Reply Ani's Jewels N the A August 6, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    I love this you both have wonderful visions, oh and thanks for making it even harder now for me to find a free old piano on CL :) I have been watching for one for a while now lol.
    I agree on hiding the wires and I would have Stephen cut an area below in that panel for the wonderful carved piece he removed for the monitor then put the bass speaker there :)
    Now can you make a bench of some kind from the top piece that open to the keys that you removed and incorporate the ivory keys in the bench?? That would look amazing :)


  • Reply Paul Guyon August 10, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Looks interesting. My only concern is the monitor appears to be positioned in a way that it would be too close to comfortably read when you reach for the keyboard?

  • Reply Samantha August 19, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I’m currently in the process of turning an old piano into a desk. I just wanted to know what you were planning on doing with the keys. Looking forward to your next DIY!!
    Oh, and I am SUPER interested in how he mounted the computer!!

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  • Reply Jake September 15, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Wow! I really want to do this myself. Great project idea, also an amazing execution. I really like the way that mirror gives the desk an expansive look.

  • Reply Jake September 15, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    silly me, that’s not a mirror.

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  • Reply J.L. Frusha August 4, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Beautiful! I want to take ours (same style, with 3 pedals, lots of burl, no grill openings), push the front back, use the slide-out key cover and a drawer, and get a piece of white marble, with black veins, for the desktop. Ours has swing-out candle holders, to light the music and keys. If I can, I’ll find a way to use those, as well.

    • Reply Amber Apple August 4, 2014 at 9:53 am

      It sounds beautiful! Good luck!

      • Reply Nastasya April 30, 2015 at 3:05 am

        Hello! Very nice))) (but wires!!!)
        I am Nastasya from Siberia, Russia. Can You tell me Model of this white piano? Thank you.

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