I Can't Play the Organ but I Can Turn an Old Organ Into a Mantel.


When shopping for something to add details to a garden bench I found on old pump organ. Actually I found two! They were $75 each and way beyond refurnishing. I was able to buy both for $100!! The second one is still waiting to be remade.
Here's the faux mantel I made from the front area of the organ.
Below also are pictures of the garden bench with panels from the organ and a vintage style lamp made from "?something?" inside the organ.
i can t play the organ but i can turn an old organ into a mantel, chalkboard paint, fireplaces mantels, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
This is the organ I took apart first. The back panels were used for the garden bench below.
i can t play the organ but i can turn an old organ into a mantel, chalkboard paint, fireplaces mantels, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
The area within the white is the main part of the faux mantel.
i can t play the organ but i can turn an old organ into a mantel, chalkboard paint, fireplaces mantels, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
This is the front pieces sanded and ready for the mantel top piece.
i can t play the organ but i can turn an old organ into a mantel, chalkboard paint, fireplaces mantels, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
The top piece was router out to insert a few keys.
i can t play the organ but i can turn an old organ into a mantel, chalkboard paint, fireplaces mantels, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
I board was added to the firebox area painted with chalkboard paint. One of the knobs was added to the area above the firebox.
i can t play the organ but i can turn an old organ into a mantel, chalkboard paint, fireplaces mantels, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
Here's a vintage styled lamp I made using a part from inside the organ. Not sure what the part was but it spins.
i can t play the organ but i can turn an old organ into a mantel, chalkboard paint, fireplaces mantels, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
And here's the garden bench with organ parts. Anything light brown came from the organ.
Country Design Style-Jeanette

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  • Sandi Long Lawson
    on Jan 12, 2016

    I have an old organ too that I have been thinking about making a desk out of. How hard it is to disassemble. I am kinda limited in lifting, and just wondered how "Bad" on a scale of one to 10 this project might be.

    • Sandi Long Lawson
      on Jan 13, 2016

      @Country Design Style-Jeanette jeanette thanks so much 4 your answer...will be taking your advice into considering the project!

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