Today I’m answering the following questions: “Can you Paint a Piano?” “Should I paint my Piano?” AND “How do I go about Painting a Piano?“
This piano used to belong to my grandparents.
When we last had it tuned, the piano tuner said it was made in 1903, which made me clap my hands with glee. Somewhere along the line, someone decided to cut the front off and give it a slanted front cover and I can tell it has been painted three different times. Once mint green, then a butter yellow and finally a gold glaze.
I am guessing painted pianos where kind of living on the edge back then, so I’m thinking Grandma and Grandpa were trend setters! I’m not doing really any yellow (see before) in my house right now, so I decided to change things up.
Here is one of my inspiration pics from Vintage Whites Blog:
There are more painted pianos on one of my Pinterest boards.
I have a thing for milk paint and I wanted a custom color to match this little vintage coat. I ended up having to mix a couple of colors to get it.
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Today, I want to share with you my step by step process for transforming a piano with milk paint or any paint, for that matter.
And now on to the tutorial. . .
This process from start to finish takes about 15 hours.
This caused 45 mins of fascination and piano playing from the kids!
And a very interesting piano lesson when the teacher arrived.
Milk paint has pigments in it that become almost iridescent when you sand it.
That and the combination of the finishing wax make for the most beautiful, velvety finish.
I wish you could see it for yourself, the pictures don’t quite do justice!
I framed a song from one of my Grandpa’s piano books.
I imagine him playing it for my Grandma.
For those of you following along on my living room makeover we are moving right along and have the walls done now.