I recently embarked on a daring project: painting our piano. Here’s what I used and how I did it. (It really wasn’t that hard!!) If you want to read about WHY I painted it yellow, you can read about my intentional color choice here.
+ Supplies +
1 Quart Rust-oleum chalk paint base: I went to my local hardware store and picked up the light tint base, then had them mix it to the color Buttercup. There is a handy chart on the side that you can select a color from. There is also a dark tint base that has moodier colors.
1 Purdy paintbrush, 2 1/2″ angled: you can use a different brand, but do yourself and favor and invest in one that is not the cheapest. Otherwise, you will be picking brush hairs out of your paint allthelivelongday.
Painters’ tape: masking tape works fine, I just happened to use green Scotch masking tape.
Drop cloth, an old sheet, a sweater your husband owns that you hate…basically just something to keep the paint off of your lovely floor.
Tack cloth: these.are.awesome. They get every speck of dust, and make it so you don’t lose your mind trying to get your piece lint free.
Topcoat: you’ve got to get that chalk paint finish finished. I’ve used Rust-oleum Chalked Protective Topcoat in matte clear on my projects before, and haven’t used waxed. I did a tiny spot of finish with wax on the side of the piano, and I didn’t like how it started to rub off the yellow. I may have been too vigorous with it, but I’ve found that this brush on product works great.
+ Now, to paint +
1. Ryan lifted the piano up so I could get the drop cloth underneath. I think it would be fine also to just get it under the front legs and tuck it under the pedals and around the sides. Especially if you don’t want to throw your back out.
2. Remove the hardware, then lightly wipe the tack cloth all over everything. You can tape around the pedals if you’re not confident in your tight spot painting skills.
3. Close the lid, then get to work!
4. Chalk paint will show your brush strokes pretty prominently, but I didn’t worry about that on the first coat. I even let my 6 year old help me with some of it (away from the keys).
(after one coat)
6. When it’s dry, put your second coat on. Pay more attention this time to getting your brush strokes even and fan them out so you don’t see where it overlaps with your next stroke.
7. Wait some more.
8. Third coat!
(after the third coat)
9. Wait. Coffee time.
10. 4th coat is just touch up where you see light streaks.
11. Wait. Again.
12. Open the lid, and gently scrape or sand where you see a line from where the lid was closed. I put painters tape around the outside of the keys, then painted my first coat under the hood.
13. Repeat steps 5-10.
14. Seal it: one coat of the chalk paint protective topcoat brushed on (let it dry. Yes, even more waiting).
15. Remove the tape and put the hardware back on.
16. Great job! Your piano looks so good! This is no guarantee that you’ll be playing Beethoven like a concert pianist, but you will love how it looks in your space. And it maaaay make your stellar chopsticks routine sound a little more amazing.