Original Works by Ragland Piano Company
Over the past few years interest has grown in repurposing items into new, more useful things. Spend a few minutes searching online and you'll find a number of creative items made from old pianos. What we have chosen to strive for is to strike a balance between changing it so entirely that you can't tell it was ever a piano, yet do more than just leave it looking like a piano that was gutted and stuffed with books, bottles or whatnots.
Completed (or nearly completed....)
||No name on this
piano, unable to determine exact age, probably early 1900's judging by
cabinet design and internal action components.
Made with a finished back to allow placement anywhere in a room. Typical of many of our designs there is also a secret compartment.
|Desk made from
repurposed antique Baldwin Valley Gem upright piano. Hidden cubbyholes
behind back panel. Lid also lifts up revealing a shallow storage
compartment running the length of the desk. Glass writing surface.
favorite project thus far, a wine cabinet made from an 1898 Kimball
upright piano. Narrowed to just under 48" (from over
60"). 9 rows of stemware hangars hold 2-3 glasses each.
Storage for 14 bottles of wine in racks below serving surface (which was
made from a
recycled spruce soundboard). Doors open to reveal additional storage.
Beautiful and unique
|Fireplace Mantle made from a
Starr upright. Adjustable to fit different width fireplaces.
|Child's Church Pew
Made from late 1800's
New England Upright Piano
|Lester Upright #21958
made in 1900
|Vose & Sons #34239
made in 1894
One of the fancier cabinets we have on the waiting list - what should this one become?
|Hamilton Upright #8929
Quartersawn (Tiger) Oak Cabinet
made in 1899
One of the only oak cabinets currently slated for repurposing.
A very similar piano was repurposed into a desk by a company in Oregon
|Haines Upright Piano #63868
made in 1923
We're thinking this one would make a great bar - front panel cut out just under the decorative trim, mirror in the back, disco ball (kidding....but hey....)
Made in 1909
One of the only Rosewood pianos I've ever had - needs total restoration ($6K) or repurposing into.... what?
|H.P. Nelson upright #38575
Built circa 1908
Unlike many of our projects, we've chosen to refinish this one. Work is underway (though we're still not certain what it will eventually be.....)
Built in England
Old English pianos are known for their "birdcage" actions and gorgeous cabinetry. The actions are obsolete, difficult to work on and generally poor performing - meaning this is a perfect repurposing project.