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Had this pump organ in our garage for 10 years. FINALLY...was able to dig it out and bring it's BEAUTY back to LIFE!
With my hubby's carpenter skills and my artistic flare...this BEAUTIFUL piece is now my Inspiration Center😊.
First we had to pull this baby out with the truck...and remove the inside and keep the pieces I will reuse.
We washed the organ and the pieces we kept with laundry detergent and bleach. Then rised and air dried for 36 hrs.
We then filled in the holes, repaired the veneer, and sanded everything down.
We have an old post office piece, so we cut it in half to use it for the organ for stationary and folders.
Once we got everything dry fitted, my hubby and son carried the organ to it's final destination to put it together. Thank you for the MUSCLES guys!
Once it was placed in its "FOREVER" home... I damp wiped it down and started playing with the stains and paint to feel how I wanted to look. And, once I fell in love with the "look" that I wanted...this is the end result.
The leaf details were done in copper oil based paint.
Here is the FINAL LOOK!
Thinking about making a bench for it, so I have storage so I can keep it as empty as possible😊.
Stay tuned.

Suggested materials:

  • Old pump organ.   (Brought it from an auction ten years ago for $40.)
  • Old post office piece, wood scraps, and left over stain and paint.   (Found it in the garage, left by previous owners.)

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  • Rositap62 Rositap62 on Feb 17, 2018
    Why not open up the side panels on both sides of foot pedals and turn then into storage with doors ??

  • Kay Kay on Feb 18, 2018
    I like the idea, of making storage space, either side of the pedels, by adding sliding doors. May i ask, what did you do with the piano? Love the peice, it turned out great! Kay Adelaide Australia

  • Charitie Drye Charitie Drye on Oct 13, 2018

    Would love to see more of your home. But could you tell us how you did the walls?


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  • Gail Gail on Feb 24, 2018

    I’ve wanted to do this with my old Steinway for years, but I can’t do it myself. I love this. I’d love to make mine into a bar.

    • HarunandMaggie Ahkey HarunandMaggie Ahkey on Feb 25, 2018

      Hello Gail,

      When we put our minds to something ...we can do ANYTHING! I thank God for my hubby, but if he did not help me I was going to do it myself, because I was determined to do so. He has the carpentry skills , but I can still handle a hammer and drill pretty good :). Watch YouTube's "how to's" videos, even here on Hometalk some of the people did step by step "how to's." PATIENCE is the key! BELIEVE me! :).

  • Charronne Johnston Charronne Johnston on Feb 25, 2018

    Wonder what happened to the keys? On something that old they were likely ivory.

    • HarunandMaggie Ahkey HarunandMaggie Ahkey on Feb 25, 2018

      Hello Charronne,

      I still have the keys and yes, they are ivory. Plan on doing something AMAZING with them.