Painting a Piano | Tutorial

Painting a Piano Tutorial Painting a Piano Tutorial

I recently gave our family room a makeover (you can see all the details on that makeover HERE).

After that makeover was completed, I realized our yellow painted piano didn’t really work in the newly design space.

It was previously painted with milk paint and chalk paint (you can see that makeover HERE).  Style preferences change over time, and I just wasn’t loving the more shabby chic look of the piano any more.

Here’s a photo of the original image of the piano – before it was painted yellow.

We loved (and the boys played) the yellow piano for the past four years.  However, I was ready to give her a more sophisticated makeover.

I began by sanding the piano with a fine sandpaper.  I had previously used a wax on the piano, and I have found that wax resists paint.

After the sanding was done, I wiped down the piano with a cleaner.

I don’t recommend using spray paint inside, but I definitely didn’t want to move the piano out to the garage to paint.  It was just too much work.  Instead I opened windows and doors for ventilation and covered everything in my home.

I taped off everything I didn’t want painted on the piano.

After everything was taped down, I added Amy Howard’s at Home Furniture Lacquer Primer.  I used three cans for the piano.

After the primer wax completely dry, I began with Amy Howard at Home’s Furniture Lacquer in La Grange.

I painted light coats and allowed them to dry in-between.  Once dry, I sanded lightly and use a lint-free cloth in-between coats.

Lacquer is tricky, but it does provide a gorgeous finish.  You have to move slowly and carefully (but not too slowly that it drips).

It took patience and time (and around 4 cans), but I had a gorgeous new piano in one day.

I had gold spray paint on hand, so I used it to add gold-dipped legs and brighten the pedals.

The piano has a sophisticated new look that fits perfectly in my newly designed family room!


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  1. Jill says

    It’s beautiful. I have an old metal and glass horizontal cabinet I have been wanting to update. This may be the perfect paint application. Can you tell me the name of the wall color behind the piano? Love that too!! Thanks for your great posts.

  2. Kathryn Forbes says

    Beautiful! Are the flowers real? If not do you mind sharing where you got them? Such a pretty space!!

  3. Brenda I Cisneros says

    Wow, I have always wanted to paint our old piano. Your tutorial looks easy, so I may give it a try. Our piano is old, yellowish but has a great shape. I hope I can make it look great like yours.

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