Awhile back I made an interesting purchase. I'm sorry, but my earning for a piano got the best of me and I made a greedy decision... I bought a piano, but... not just any piano let me tell you. It all began when I was searching on Craigslist and I came upon an ad for a baby grand piano for a 100$. It stated that it obviously needed some work but that it still played pretty well. Curious I called the number and the guy told me he'd deliver for me for free... I was sold. They came as promised and delivered the piano. As soon as they left however, I looked at McCall and she looked disappointedly at me and I knew i had made a serious mistake.
Why? Well first off, here are some pictures of the beauty:
You are probably incredulous at this point, wondering how this guy sold this for just 100$, and how I picked up such an incredible deal (sarcasm).
First off: We live in an apartment + the largeness of a baby grand = not a lot of wiggle room/space
Second: I failed to notice that the piano was missing the music stand (to hold the music)
Third: The first time I played the piano was when they (the movers) set it down in my apartment. I knew that it sounded pretty awful but what was I to do, say ok thanks for all the effort... take it back. So naturally, I kept it.
Despite my lack of intelligence in this purchase, I determined I was going to restore this piano and make a fortune out of it by selling it for ten times its worth.
So... I sanded it down, filled in the cracks with wood glue and put the primer on:
I love black piano's, so naturally that's what I did, I painted it black. But the worst part of it all... was the laquering. Remember we live in an apartment, with no garage, and not very good ventilation. If I had any other wife than my sweet McCall I would have been forced to stop my project right then. But being the good wife that she is, she encouraged me to finish it. I put 3 layers of lacquer on and each time I would leave all the windows to the apartment open and we would take off for a day or two to air out the horrible strong smell. I think I actually did damage to my nerves at this point because the last time I lacquered my arm started stwitching and still does. But I finally finished it so it'll be forever worth the twitching!
It took me a lot of work but I actually had a tons of fun doing it! One small problem, although it looks beautiful on the outside the piano doesn't sound too great. One day out of anger, I put it up on Craigslist, a lady fell in love with it, and before I knew it, I had bid my last goodbyes to my beautiful love. Good riddance!