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.
Piano Makeover with Chalk paint-before:
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.
This post contains affiliate links which means should you make a purchase, I will make a small commission at no extra cost to you. See Disclosure Policy for details.
-plenty of drop cloths
-Chalk paint of choice (I used Amy Howard One Step Paint in black…This can be purchased at Ace Hardware). Here is a link to a similar paint.
-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! If you like it, pin it;-)