Thursday, March 27, 2014

DIY Taking Your Piano From Drab to Fab

Hey there! Chelsea, from Character Revival here to share some tips and tricks on how to turn your piano into a beautiful conversation piece.  One that will not only look beautiful, but may have you playing on it more than you normally would!  Music brings joy into our life, and the appearance of the instrument should as well!

I recently took a trip to sunny Arizona and while I was there my sister and I refinished her piano.  It's the first thing you see when you walk in her door.... and it was BORING!

With a little chalk paint and a few tricks we took this baby from drab to fab!

Lets get started!

Before you start anything, TAPE!  Tape anywhere you don't want paint to go.  Wheels, pedals, hardware, and most importantly the keys.  It's tedious work taping around the keys, but this is an instrument and we DO NOT want any paint getting into the keys.  Luckily piano keys are easy to clean and if any paint happens to get on them it will easily wipe off with a wet cloth.

My sister wanted a distressed aqua with some cream undertones so we began painting random bits of Annie Sloan Old Ochre in places we would later distress.

Next using a foam roller (this will give the finish a nice clean stroke free look).  You can find these handy rollers at walmart or home depot.

We painted the piano in a mixture of 2/3 Annie Sloan Provence to 1/3 Florence. 2 1/2 coats.  I say 2 1/2 because some areas need a little more than 2 coats. Once dry start distressing.

Distress here and there until your distress happy :)

 When distressing by hand I like to use a "criss-cross" pattern.  Distress in one place in multiple directions.  This will add a little character, and will also allow different levels of distressing in one spot. Notice the Old Ochre coming through, the dark wood finish, and then a little bit of the bare wood.
DEPTH is a beautiful thing!

Wipe your piano down lightly with a damp cloth. 
We actually vacuumed the piano and floor before wiping it down to remove paint dust.

GLAZE:  adding a glaze will darken your piece and add a little more depth.  For this piano we used dark walnut stain as a glaze.  

First wipe the area your glazing down with a damp cloth. 
Apply the stain with a brush.
Rub the glaze in with your damp cloth.
Repeat  until the piano is completely glazed.

Almost finished - grab a beverage, sit back, and stare at your beautiful work of art....

Now, get back to work  - we're not done yet!

Lastly top coat your piano with Polycrylic.  Satin is my personal favorite, but if you are wanting a little more of a glossy finish I recommend Semi-Gloss.  Polycrylic will protect your piano and will make for easy dusting and cleaning.  2-3 coats will ensure a long lasting finish. Just brush it on and allow 10-15 minutes drying time between coats. Polycrylic will cure within 24 hours and over time will continue to cure.

We finished the bench in old ochre to add some character to the piece.  
Now stop reading this and go turn your instrument into a conversation piece!

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