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!
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Okay, so here is what you need to refinish your piano:
- A sander and/or fine sand paper
- Rustoleum Chalk Paint (I used the color aged gray, you can find the other color options here)
- Rustoleum Matte Clear Topcoat
- Paint Brushes
- New Knobs (if desired)
Here’s the steps:
- Take off the hardware and the music stand.
- 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!
- After sanding, wipe down the entire piano with a wet cloth to get the extra sand dust off, and then let dry.
- 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!
- Add new hardware and voila! You have a beautiful new piano!
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!
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