Stacy Ling

Painting the Piano

Have you ever painted a piano? Me either!!! But I decided to paint ours and the result is amazing - I love it!

The finish on our piano is really dark and pretty damaged. There are knicks and scratches all over it. Plus, it’s missing pieces, the sheet music rack is broken and it is time to do something about it.

Our piano is located in my living room with my dark brown leather couches. Because the sofas are so dark, the piano looks too heavy for the space. Given the damage it has accumulated through the years, I started researching how to refinish the piano.

Painting the Piano

Before painting the piano, the room felt very heavy with both the dark leather couches and piano.

Researching How to Refinish the Piano

Most inspo pics showed pianos refinished with chalk paint. And I seriously considered using that. However, I decided to try Fusion Mineral Paint because it’s suppose to be even easier than chalk paint. Say what?

It’s true! Fusion Mineral Paint does not need a piece to be pre-sanded AND it has a top coat built in. How cool is that? Ideally, I prefer to try new techniques on smaller projects, but decided to go all in on the piano.

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Painting the Piano

Close-up of the finish on the piano. It is so dark and visually heavy for my living room.

Supplies Needed to Paint the Piano

Whether you refinish a piano with chalk paint or fusion mineral paint, it is a personal preference. Both work really well and minimize the amount of work needed to complete the job.

What You Need

How to Paint the Piano

  • Remove all hardware if you don’t want to get paint on them.
  • Lift bench off the ground to make it easier to paint the legs. I set mine on paint cans that are the same size.
  • Lightly sand the surface to scuff it up.
  • Wipe down whole piece to clean it up with dry rag.
  • Start painting! Allow the piece to dry in between coats. Since my piano has such a dark finish, I needed to use three coats of Fusion Mineral Paint.
  • When piece is dry, open it up to expose the keys. Lightly sand down any areas or drip marks. Then finish painting. I used a piece of corrugated cardboard paper that I had laying around to help paint around the keys.
  • Allow to dry for a few days. Then lightly sand the edges to give it a distressed look.
  • Clean the surface with a dry rag or cloth.
  • Then use a damp cloth or damp brush to lightly apply the glaze and wipe off to give it an aged appearance.
  • Allow to dry.
  • If you finish the piano with chalk paint, use a finishing wax to seal it.
Painting the Piano

Use a sanding block to lightly scuff up the surface. I did not put a lot of effort into this.

Painting the Piano

All Sanded!

Lift the bench up off the floor with something like paint cans. Since it is raised, it will be easier to work with and easier to paint the lower legs.

First coat of Fusion Mineral Paint is going on well. A little goes a long way…

Painting the Piano

Done with Painting!

Allowing the piece to dry for a few days before lightly distressing it.

Painting the Piano

Painting the Piano

I’m not sure whether I want to use a glaze on the edges of the piano or not yet. Instead of doing it right away, I am going to live with the piece for a little while. If I decided to use the glaze, I would apply it with a damp cloth, then wipe it off with a damp cloth so it is very light and not heavily glazed.

What Do You Think?

And that’s it! What a transformation! I love how it turned out. Painting the piano was not very difficult but it was a little more time consuming than I expected. For more cool DIY Inspiration, check out Upcycled Vintage Framed Chalkboard and Painting Upholstery Fabric with Chalk Paint.

Thank you for following along. If you decide to paint your piano or other large furniture piece, I would love to hear about it! Tell me about it here and be sure to follow me @bricksnblooms on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram where I share lots of the behind-the-scenes of my home, garden and personal life.

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Painting the Piano

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Stacy Ling

Stacy Ling is a master gardener who loves home decor and creating beautiful spaces. She provides easy-to-follow, easy-to-do garden, home decor, lifestyle & DIY inspo.

16 Comments

  1. Reply

    Lori @houseonwren

    February 10, 2020

    It turned out amazing Stacy! I think it looks so much better in white! Do you or anyone in your family play?

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      admin

      February 11, 2020

      Thank you so much Lori! I used to play when I was younger, now I just pop on every now and again to see what I can still play!

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    Ann

    February 10, 2020

    It looks amazing Stacy????

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      admin

      February 11, 2020

      Thank you so much Ann! I’m so happy it turned out so good! ❤️

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    Wsnottle04@gmail.com

    February 10, 2020

    You did an Awesome job! I like the piano either way. The old way looked good with your fireplace. But this turned out beautifully.

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      admin

      February 11, 2020

      I really appreciate that! Thank you so much!!!

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    Mary

    February 11, 2020

    Hi Stacy! You inspire in everything you do! That was a huge project (I think!) ????. The piano color is beautiful and wow what a transformation!

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      admin

      February 11, 2020

      Thank you so much Mary! It was a big project but not difficult to do! I love how it turned out too…I’m so glad you stopped by the blog!

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    Aprile

    February 13, 2020

    oh my goodness; I have a piano that is almost exactly the same as your piano including the bench; mine has a maple finish and I was considering staining it but after seeing this, I may paint it instead. Thank you for giving me a different idea for my piano,

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      admin

      February 15, 2020

      I’m so glad you found it helpful! If you paint yours, I would love to see it!

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    Monique

    April 25, 2020

    Gorgeous transformation….love how you decorated the top of it also…

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      admin

      April 25, 2020

      Hi Monique! I really appreciate hearing that. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! xo

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    Judy Collins

    April 25, 2020

    Great job! Love the clock⏱????

    • Reply

      admin

      April 28, 2020

      Thank you so much Judy!

  8. Reply

    Stacy Ling

    August 29, 2020

    Thank you! I wanted to do it for so long! I’m so glad I finally did it! LMK if you try it!

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