Steff and I have painted dozens of furniture pieces-dressers, tables, nightstands, chairs and more with very little hesitation. There is something about a piano though that had me hesitating a bit. They are big, expensive, not easily replaced, and have to maintain full function. After painting my kitchen cabinets last year though (also an intimidating project-see my kitchen HERE) and after painting multiple pieces of furniture with our DIY Chalk Paint, and some convincing from Steffany- I was able let my hesitation go. (Steff was not hesitant at all, she couldn’t wait to bust out the paint!) I did not like the piano as it was so what’s the worst that could happen? We’d have to start over….that’s it. That’s not very worst at all. It’s a piece of wood furniture that can totally be painted like any other and chalk paint was the way to go! No sanding, and quick drying….SOLD! We have loved everything we’ve painted with our chalk paint recipe and my piano is no different. Let’s get to it!
Mix up the DIY chalk paint recipe:
- 1 cup Plaster of Paris
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups paint
This is after one coat. Our blue looks pretty white with one thin coat. Also don’t be scared when the first coat of homemade chalk paint looks like CRAP- this is normal! It starts looking better and better with each coat.
Notice the bead board on the bottom, I seem to have not taken any pictures of that process. It is actually bead board wallpaper! What?! For REALS! This is our favorite painting trick. We have a tutorial for bead board wallpaper HERE and a wallpaper video tutorial HERE. We love using bead board wallpaper on furniture! You would never know it’s not actual bead board, but it’s so cheap and easy. We painted the bead board white.
Seal it with Minwax paste finishing wax as shown HERE. It seals over chalk paint like a dream! We use it every time we use chalk paint.
I also re-finished the bench and can’t wait to share that tutorial……coming soon! Hopefully painting a piano is not as intimidating as it was before. Nearly everyone who has stepped in my house has commented on my blue piano. I always wonder if people think it’s nuts to have painted such a big expensive piece of furniture blue; but so far, no has told me they think I’m crazy….at least not to my face.;) It makes for a great conversation piece, and I seriously LOVE it! So happy I got over my hesitation and finally went for it!
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