This piano has some sentimental value. It was purchased by my grandfather for my cousins in the 80’s, and it was still in his home after he passed. I have always wanted a piano, so I asked my aunt if I could have it, and she said yes!
This is what it looked like after I picked it up and got it home.
After examination, I realized that some parts of the piano were finished with laminate. Yes…I said it…laminate! Yikes! But no worries, after reading up on how to paint laminate, the rest was a breeze.
The first thing I did was remove the hardware and the wooden sheet holder. I always place any metal hardware I have in a bowl with one-part white vinegar and one-part water. I let it soak while I prep my piece. This will loosen up any dirt and grime that is on the metal.
Next, I sanded the piano with my hand sander using 120 grit sandpaper. I didn’t have to sand too much. Just enough to make the surface rough so my paint would stick. Oh, and I didn’t forget to sand the sheet holder that I removed. I didn’t take very many pictures of this process, but I did take this one.
After all the sanding was complete, I wiped it down with a damp cloth, and then a tack cloth to ensure there was not any dust left behind before I started to paint.
Now it was time to paint! I love to make homemade chalk paint. This allows my color choices to be limitless since all you need is some Plaster of Paris, water, and any latex paint. I used BEHR Sojourn Blue in a flat base. I have learned to always get a flat base since I always plan to apply a top coat.
While my paint was drying, I scrubbed the hardware down with a green scouring pad.
Be sure to wear gloves since the pad is abrasive and may irritate your skin. Here is a before and after of the hardware.
I got a toothbrush and cleaned it a bit more after I took this picture, but you can see the difference.
I usually let the paint cure over night before I apply any top coat. I decided to go with a water based protective finish I had bought for a previous project. I didn’t want the piano to have too much shine, so I went with Minwax water based Polycrylic in a clear satin.
Here she is!
I haven’t refinished the piano bench yet, stay tuned!
Do you have a piece that you want to makeover and need advice? Feel free to reach out to me! Comment below, or send me a private message at RoadsideRevive@gmail.com. I’m happy to help!
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