It took having two pianos before I realized I could have a completly new music room.
I've had two pianos in my house for over a month. I've been teaching lessons on one of those pianos for ten years, but I'd been looking for a different piano to teach on for quite a while.
And I finally found it in March.
But then the problem became selling my original piano. But with the help of a free Craigslist ad, selling it took about four weeks, and it's finally gone!
And after it was picked up last Saturday, I spent all day rearranging.
You see, when we first looked for a house 5 years ago, we chose one that had a little alcove in the entryway that was a perfect place for my piano. I've taught lessons in that hallway every since we moved in. But having to find space for two pianos in my house for the last month gave me a great idea! Why not change our study (which we call the "Red Room" for obvious reasons) into the music room?
There were just so many advantages to that scenario that I quickly became excited about it—and very anxious for my old piano to be sold so I could do the rearranging.
So, as I said, I spent all day Saturday rearranging, and I now have a beautiful new music room in which I can teach lessons uninterrupted by children playing in the living room! Can you hear my excitement?
As usual, I took some pictures (and even a couple movies) of the whole process.
Here's the alcove where my old piano stood. This hallway leads directly from the front door to our living room.
Step #1: Remove all the pictures from the walls.
Step #2: Piano mover picks up the piano (literally ONE piano mover. I couldn't believe he did it by himself!). Notice I vacuumed before I took the picture? You do NOT want to see what was under that piano after sitting there for 5 years!
Step #3: Move three bookshelves from the Red Room and rearrange the books.
This is what the Red Room looked like while both pianos were in the house. Notice the piano is in front of the bookshelves…well, they're actually game shelves since there are only games on those shelves. The rug is rolled up next to the piano to prevent the door from hitting the piano when it opened.
Mid-rearranging. It was kinda tricky in such a small space. All three bookshelves were already moved from the room at this point, and only three bookshelves remained.
I can even sit on the couch during my lessons! How cool is that?
And if you'd like a virtual tour of the BEFORE & AFTER, here you go. I warn you, though, you might get dizzy watching these.