Monday, February 14, 2011

Strike a chord

I had a first this weekend.  A coworker asked me to take a look at a piano to see if I could do something to make it look better since it had taken up residency in their living room.  A P-I-A-N-O - really?  So I did a little research on the internet and I read that you should never paint a piano - no good explanation was given but I'm a girl that typically follows the rules.  So I check out the piano - which for the record has no special meaning, not a family heirloom, etc.

I was thrilled to see the super simple design - no carvings or major detail.  So, the rebel in me comes out and I painted it - with their blessing of course!  I painted it black and then used a custom glaze with a bit of metallic paint.

They recovered the bench and they plan to hang a large mirror and decorate the top of the piano.  They have a new surface to decorate - how fun!

And thankfully, the keys worked just fine afterwards!


Garden Antqs Vintage said...

I loved the transformation, looks great! Happy "V" day!!

Anonymous said...

That is beautiful! I love it! I found you through LaurieAnna's blog, just stopped by to say hello! Have a great weekend ~

seventh sister said...

My guess is that the reason you shouldn't paint a piano has to do with the finish having something to do with the sound and the way the vibration interacts with the wood. At least that is the way it works with string instruments and a piano is basically a large string instrument.

Jaybird said...

You should never paint a piano because paint ruins the resonance of the wood. That being said, you did a good job and if they are not proposing to be concert pianists, and do recordings with this piano, who is to question???
I AM a professional pianist, so I would NOT paint a piano....
maybe they are not, and you were following their direction!