Most people see a piano and think that it’s just a musical instrument. Artist and musician Jonathan Miranda Sickmeyer had a different idea when he found an old upright piano on Craigslist. The thing was listed as free—the person posting it wrote that if no one wanted it, the 110-year-old piano was off to the dump. “All the keys were stripped of [their] ivory so I couldn’t salvaged any of it,” Sickmeyer recalled on Bored Panda. So rather than pass it by, he decided to transform it into a unique piano desk.
Sickmeyer began his DIY project by heading to a lumber mill. There, he selected a slab of wood for the desktop and had it cut into a 2-feet-wide by 6-feet-long board. This was just large enough to fit inside where the keys once were. He then planed and stained the wood. Afterwards, it was time to select lighting. “I wanted an elegant lighting system for the desk,” he explained; later, Sickmeyer installed warm, adjustable recessed illumination. In total, six lights were placed in the piano.