I’ve been excited about this project for a little while. When I was a kid I wanted to learn to play the piano so my Dad being the industrious sort found one at the local university auction. As an aside those auctions were pretty amazing. I’m sure we acted like bored little twits but there were lots of cool things to see. Anyway, so Dad picked up a used piano from the university for $50. I learned to play (some) and the piano otherwise served as an ignored piece of furniture in my parent’s dining room.
When my sister and I both moved in to our own homes we both had dibs on certain things. My sister’s was a pool table my father bought in a similar industrious manner and mine was the old upright piano. Geoff used retrieving the piano to justify a trip to the sand dunes with his buddies and they brought it back up with them. It’s been sitting in my dining room ever since. A big cherry stained blight in my country chic dining room decor. I had fantasies about painting it but felt like it would be frowned on. My mother assured me that the piano had only cost $50 and I should do whatever I want with it. So I did some research and decided to use chalk paint, not to be confused with chalk BOARD paint, on the piano and take it from cherry stain to antique white! I’m thrilled with how it turned out. The piano is about 100 years old and it felt appropriate to go ahead and give it a distressed finish.
The chalk paint was… interesting. It’s a very soft, water based paint. I had issues with all the little scratches through the years bleeding stain in to the paint which turned it pink in spots. It also dries far from “brush stroke free” like most folks implied. Once I got past expecting it to look opaque and realizing it was going to show brush strokes, textures, and colors coming through from the original finish I warmed up to the treatment. After using a gorgeous “duck egg blue” to accent the features of the piano I was pretty darn happy with the result. It has a warm, worn, and “just play me!” texture. It’s patina also means I don’t have to worry about the niecelet or others actually using the piano.