This year I am proclaiming no more ridiculous guilt over desiring to create a beautiful home. We throw stones that those who enjoy creating and decorating are people who waste money and time. Or my favorite, they make those who don’t love to decorate feel bad. No more of that nonsense. We can create beautiful homes within our budgets without needing to throw ourselves into the vanity department. I am from this moment on ignoring all of those memes that imply loving your home, and working hard to make it look lovely and feel welcoming, is frivolous. (You know, those ones that are all about how Pinterest in the enemy and real moms are just trying to survive making PB&J sandwiches day after day. They make me want to scream “Balance people, it’s all about balance!”) Sometimes it just takes a couple of hours and some directed creativity to create the look you love.
Sometimes it just takes a little time and some directed creativity to create the look you love. So let’s start talking about that instead. First up is my piano. This project was about $50, took around 2 hours, and still made a big impact.
The girls play the piano and it is one that has been passed along from my grandparents to my parents and now to me. I didn’t want to look for a new piano that matched my Modern Farmhouse taste, and that isn’t in the budget right now anyways. So instead of going to Craigs List I picked up some chalk paint. Now I still have my piano that has been passed along, it fits my design style, and I didn’t have to sacrifice my vanity to get there. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)
Interested in painting your own piano? Check out my 4 easy steps to overhaul your piano.
- chalk paint (I used Annie Sloan paint in graphite.)
- painters tape
- stiff bristled brush
- furniture wax (This one by Annie Sloan or the one I used by Miss Mustard Seed.)
- 2 or more lint free rags
- Tape off the piano. Make sure you use a high-quality tape, you don’t want leaks or drips when painting around the piano keys. (This is my go-to painter’s tape.) Make sure you tape around the edges of the keys, casters, and any other hardware. I slid the tape down along the sides of the keys to catch any paint from dripping down.
- Begin by trimming along the piano keys and any other hardware or edges. I went over the trim work twice to prevent the need for touchups later on.
- Once the trimming is finished it is time to apply chalk paint to the rest of the piano. I used a stiff bristled brush for applying the thick paint. Apply in thick layers, brushing in the same direction. Allow the paint to dry and then apply a second coat.
- After allowing the paint to dry overnight it is time to protect the newly painted piano. I found the charcoal colored paint created more of a gray colored finish than the black I was hoping for. So to darken the piano I used a dark colored wax. Annie Sloan carries a black wax, but I didn’t have it on hand. So I used the furniture wax that was on my supply shelf, Miss Mustard Seed Antiquing Wax. This wax has more of a dark brown color as opposed to black but it still darkened the paint color. You can apply the wax with a lint-free rag or a wax brush, rubbing it on the piano in circular motions, adding it heavily to the detailed or ornate areas. Apply to a small section and then go back with a clean lint-free cloth and wipe off the excess wax. (Do not allow the wax to harden before wiping off the extra.) Allow to dry and your piano is ready to go!
I have walked into the living room several times since painting the piano and found cups sitting on the piano without a coaster. Thankfully I have yet to see any rings or marks left on the painted surface! The piano is holding up well and I’m loving the contrast of the furry white rug on the black piano bench.
If you love the look of the painted piano, or want to save the idea for later take a moment and share on social media and Pin it for later. We love it when you share and save! What are your thoughts on the painted piano? Is it something you want to tackle in your home? Maybe there is another piece of furniture you are itching to paint? I’d love to know what you want to do in your own home. Tell me about it in the comments or on social media.