Uh, this poor piano has been played many times. Just take a peak at that seat... This piano belonged to my grandmother who passed it down to my mother. After a recent home remodel, my mother asked me to give it a facelift to match her decor. I had painted several furniture pieces in chalk paint® before, but a piano would be a first.
Challenge accepted. :)
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How To Paint A Piano With Chalk Paint®
Prep Your Piano For Paint
- Wipe down the surface of your piano. Make sure it's free of dust, dirt and grime. If your piano has an oil residue from products like Pledge, you'll want to wash it with a solution of TSP before you begin.
- Tape around the foot pedals and keys (and anywhere else you don't to get painted).
Choose Your Chalk Paint® Brand and Color
- The finish on the piano bench didn't match the piano so deciding to paint both the piano and the piano bench was an easy choice! We wanted to lighten up the dark piano so we decided on Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Old White.
- Here's another brand of furniture chalk paint that I recently discovered that works just as good for a fraction of the cost of ASCP! Or if you want a really chippy and distressed look for your piano or furniture, I'd go with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. It is so easy to work with and the results are farmhouse fantastic.
This piano received 3 coats of paint. If you happen to experience bleed through on your white painted furniture projects, I would suggest trying these easy solutions to help you with your tannin problem.
Protect Your Chalk Paint® Finish
- Since the piano doesn't get much traffic I opted to seal the chalk paint with AS Clear Wax.
- If your piano is located in a high traffic area or gets played quite a bit, I would recommend sealing it with Polyvine Was Finish Varnish in Dead Flat or General Finishes High Performance in Flat. Both of these finishes will give you a low luster sheen similar to a wax finish.
Do you have a dark and ugly piano that could use a facelift? Get brave and paint it! Do you have a Pinterest account? Follow me here, I have a Painted Piano Ideas board that you might like!
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Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street