Here’s a Before & After and how different they look in dark wood and white:
Shocking right? I was too by the time I was done.
Interesting story about this piano: I was looking for an affordable piano on Craigslist and this one was listed for free!! I could not believe someone was willing to part from this beauty but they did, and it has made us all very happy since.
When my husband saw the piano in person, he was very nervous about my DIY painting project. I had never painted a piano before and this was going to be quite an elaborate DIY project. I only had one try and could not fail at it. The pressure was on. I figured that because this was a very old piano, and had recent varnish on it, I would need a thick paint that would absorb the color and stain, so I decided to paint it with chalk paint.
The first coat was horrific, I thought I was going to faint. It had streaks everywhere, the paint was being absorbed faster than I could spread and the previous stain was running through. At that point I was pretty convinced I had ruined the piano for life. I decided to give it another try, and went for a second coat. Well, the results were surprisingly better than the first time around. I could still see streaks but not as much, and the white paint was finally starting to stick to the wood. I was sure the third coat would do it and it did.
Here’s a tip though. This time around, I let it dry overnight and not only the paintbrush glided way better than the first two coats, but it was also adhering much better and quicker. When the third coat was finalized, I was thrilled of how the piano looked. It matched our decor and it had a vintage glamour look to it, which I still love.
If you are familiar with chalk paint, you know it’s not shiny and it’s very “chalky”. That was not the look I was going for, so I added one last step. I bought clear gloss spray paint and covered the entire piano with it. Now it was almost perfect but a small detail missing. The front panel was very plain, so I purchased a single Jasmine Overlay, spray painted it white and voila, now the piano was absolutely perfect!
I hope this has encouraged you to paint your own piano or get a free one from Craigslist 🙂