Have you seen those darling pictures of painted pianos on Pinterest? I love how they look - but who in their right mind would paint their piano???? While I was visiting my friend out in Virginia she told me she wanted me to paint her piano....gasp!!! All I could think about was how I was not going to get paint on the keys, in between the keys, and how was I going to paint around all the intricate parts of a piano. The best way to deal with your fears is to face them. And so I did!!!
Here is the piano before. When she told me it was free, I started feeling better. Like, even if I mess it up, she's not really out much money!
The first choice in the right direction was using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. This made all the difference in this piece. It goes on like a dream, you don't need to prime, and it has that old look which we wanted on the piano. This quart of paint was just enough for 2-3 coats on the piano.
Here is the finished product: It completely changed the look and feel of the room!!
I lightly sanded the edges so some of the dark color would show through a little. I didn't distress it too much. When the paint was completely dry, I went over it with Annie Sloan Soft Wax and applied it with the wax brush. The Soft Wax is amazing! It gives furniture such a warn, homey feel. It feels like the piano has looked like this for 100 years. It is hard to explain how great the wax is, you just have to try it!
We had fun decorating the top of the piano. I dug this old painting out of her basement that she bought for the frame. I love it! The two fancy ladies sitting around the piano - who has a painting like this these days!
What do you think? Are you ready to paint your piano?