A few months back we dismantled a piano. And again, when I say “we,” I mean my handy dandy hunk of a husband that I love so much. Anyway, I wanted to recycle some of the pieces left over from the piano.

The piano keys were given to my sister for Christmas. She plans on putting them in a large apothecary jar or vase on top of her piano. I can’t wait to see how it turns out – she’s nifty like that.

The main panel sat around here for a few weeks. Isn’t it beautiful? It’s walnut – we think.

I decided to just hang it on the wall between two windows in my dining room that’s been empty since we’ve moved in a couple of years ago. I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect mirror or artwork for the space but nothing ever caught my eye.

So while the piano panel isn’t ideal, it fits and it was free. I hung it as is, with the knobs still attached.

It’s kinda fun to have it on the wall of the room it used to be in and has already been a conversational piece. For the time being, it’s found a home. Later it may make a great headboard or sofa table. Who knows…

While you’re here, let me tell you about the plant below the piano panel. Piano panel plant. It’s an oak leaf ivy. And it’s is my favorite houseplant ever.

It’s my favorite because I’ve yet to kill it.

I don’t understand, I can start plants from seed and a grow a whole jungle of a garden outside, but indoors, not so much. But this plant, this plant is different.

I think it likes me.

It was purchased a whole ten months ago, and look, it’s still happy as can be. These tendrils and new growth are sprouting out all over.

It’s good to see something so green and vibrant in the middle of winter. Maybe I’ll go find another one of these so this one will have some company.

So tell me, have you repurposed anything lately? And is there a houseplant you can recommend to one not so skilled in that area?