Piano Makeover

So lately, I’ve been on a kick with painting furniture.  Some friends of mine introduced me to the fabulous Annie Sloan Chalk paint.  I was hesitant at first because my past furniture-painting experiences hadn’t been so great.  I took the plunge though, and decided to try it out.  I’m SO glad I did.  I painted a large table for my kids’ study room, and just tackled the piano.  As an illustrator, I’ve use SO many kinds of paints and know their textures and how they react.  I am in love with these beautiful paints.  They are super easy to use—no primer necessary, for real.  Love it!

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Here is the before picture.  I taped off the piano keys, a very tedious but worthwhile process.  Then I began painting.

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I went for a pretty distressed look.  I’m a total texture person.

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I made a paper pattern to make the Chevron stripes.  I used it to lightly pencil in the design, then I taped it off and painted the zig-zags.  (It took me about an hour just to tape it off.  Is there an easier way?  Probably, but I don’t know what.)

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I bought some new hardware for the pulls, and there you go.  The finished piano.  Now I need to do the corner of the room where my desk is.  Next project, here we come. Smile