Do you have an old piano that needs a makeover? If so, this might be the project for you! A friend gave us this wonderful piano and I decided to give it a quick update. My daughter and I completed the entire project in a few hours and it completely changed the look of the piano.
And here is the after!
The most tedious part was taping off all of the keys and the foot pedals. But, I would definitely recommend doing this as you certainly don’t want to get paint in between the keys.
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These are the materials needed:
-plenty of drop cloths
-Chalk paint of choice (I used Amy Howard One Step Paint in black…This can be purchased at Ace Hardware)
-clear furniture wax (I used Amy Howard Clear Wax)
-paint brush for paint and one for wax (I used basic chip brushes. These are similar to what I used.)
-a few cloths for buffing wax and wiping away any dust particles if you will be distressing (I used some of my husband’s old white t-shirts that he is no longer using. These work great because they are free of lint).
-Fine grit sanding block if you plan to distress your piece
- Wipe any dust from piano. Chalk paint will stick to almost any surface, so no need to prime!
- Tape off keys and foot pedals. Protect your floor surface with appropriate drop cloths.
- Paint one light coat of chalk paint and allow to dry. Dry time is FAST with chalk paint. 30 minutes is sufficient if you use a light coat.
- Paint second coat of chalk paint. With black, two coats are all that was needed. Should you opt to use a lighter color, you will need 3 coats for good coverage.
- Ensuring second coat is dry, lightly sand corners for a “distressed” look. My daughter distressed the bench and I worked on the piano. This is a really easy process that gives it a little more character.
- Wipe away any dust produced by the sanding block with lint-free cloths or an old t-shirt.
- Apply the clear wax, working in small sections. Apply a small amount of wax with the chip brush and buff with lint-free cloth in the direction of the wood grain. Follow the directions on the wax jar for specifics on wax application. The wax gives it a very rich, deep black finish. Some do not like the “look” that wax gives a piece of furniture. I recommend trying this on a smaller, less important piece of furniture first!
That’s it! Once again, here is the after:
You’ll notice that the dining room paint color changed as well! I’ll save that for another post;)
What do you think? Have you tried chalk paint? I have used it on so many things and love the results. It’s forgiving and easy/quick to use.
Let me know your thoughts and thanks for stopping by!