DIY Piano Makeover

She totally transformed her piano in less than $50! It is so easy too! Hello friends! I’m so excited to be sharing about my piano makeover today! I have to be honest, I am not a big DIYer. I love small crafts and projects, but I get easily intimidated by big ones. I had literally wanted to re-finish this piano for like 9 years, but I always let someone else (or my internal demons) convince me not to! Well, let me tell you something. It was WAY easier than I thought it would be, and it looks even better than I dreamt it would! Honestly, I wish I had done it years ago! So don’t make my same mistake! Let’s do this! 

She totally transformed her piano in less than $50! It is so easy too! So this is an up close image of the piano as it was before! It was a pretty color, but just not my taste. Not only that though, but it was in really bad shape, and definitely in need of an update.

She totally transformed her piano in less than $50! It is so easy too!

Okay, so here is what you need to refinish your piano:

  1. A sander and/or fine sand paper
  2. Rustoleum Chalk Paint (I used the color aged gray, you can find the other color options here)
  3. Rustoleum Matte Clear Topcoat
  4. Paint Brushes
  5. New Knobs (if desired)

She totally transformed her piano in less than $50! It is so easy too!

Here’s the steps:

  1. Take off the hardware and the music stand.
  2. Lightly sand your piano. I used my sander (linked above and below) and when I say light I mean light. It literally took me an hour to sand the entire thing!
  3. After sanding, wipe down the entire piano with a wet cloth to get the extra sand dust off, and then let dry.
  4. Now comes the fun part, paint your first coat! This is the definitely the most time consuming part of the job. I put Gilmore Girl’s on the kindle and painted a coat each night. I did 2 coats of the chalk paint (plus a touch up) and 1 coat of the top coat (plus a touch up). I didn’t want my piano to be super shiny in finish, but if you do you may want to do an extra top coat! I did a coat each night for four nights and honestly it was kind of therapeutic. Also, I did not cover my keys (#lazy). I started to, and it wasn’t working well so I quit and instead started used a piece of cardstock to protect the keys when I was painting the surrounding areas and it worked like a dream! I just moved it around as needed, super easy!
  5. Add new hardware and voila! You have a beautiful new piano!

She totally transformed her piano in less than $50! It is so easy too! Isn’t it beautiful? I has been months since I finished and the chalk paint has held up so well! I am so glad that I finally did it!

She totally transformed her piano in less than $50! It is so easy too! What do you think? Have I convinced you to give it a go?







Aged Gray Chalkpaint


Orbital Sander


Matte Clear Topcoat 



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    How much paint did you need for this project?


      Just one quart was enough!


    Where can I get that Temple print? It’s gorgeous!


      Its from @vintagerevivalsshop on Instagram! I love it too :)


    What type of paint brushes did you use?


      I just used a regular 2 inch paint brush I got at the Home Depot! Make sure it is decent quality (aka not the very cheapest one so all the bristles don’t fall out and get stuck in your paint) but you should be able to get one anywhere!


    Hey! The piano looks so beautiful! Whwre did you get your new knobs? Are they SLIGHTLY bigger than the original? I know that they are usually 5/8” but i’m considering buying Some at home depot but the smallest they have are 1”.


      I got them at Lowes I think, and yes they are slightly bigger!


    Looks beautiful!! 😍 So, by not dismantling it, it didn’t mess any of the internal mechanics up? Still works good? I read others who say to dismantle it first. Ugh!! I so don’t want to do that! But scared to ruin piano.

      Sarah + Jessica

      No! It works perfectly!!! But there really wasn’t paint anywhere near the inner workings


    Love that you painted it. I makes it look so so much better! Way to DIY!

      Sarah + Jessica

      thanks so much! it was so fun! xoxo

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