Let’s Paint the Piano

I think you need to paint your piano…. said no-one!.

 

Love it or hate it, I did it!  I painted my Piano Teal.  Why you may ask?  Well why not?  I have always loved having a piano at home.  You may assume that I must be a fabulous pianist… well sorry to say, this I am not!  I had the opportunity to give the former Secondary School piano a new home and I jumped at the chance.

Positioned proudly in the heart of the home, I loved it, I just didn’t love the tired wooden finish.  Surely, we could do something to make it pop!  After searching on Google and Pinterest for inspiration, I was thrilled to see pianos painted in all colours – Yellow, Red, Blue, some with murals and stripes… Then I found it – A Piano that was painted in my favourite colour – Teal. 

I knew that this was going to be my next project and I was excited to begin.  No, it wasn’t an easy task.  Half way through painting the 5th coat my arm felt like it was going to fall off.  Yes, I wanted to give up but I’m glad I stuck with it. 

I love it, but many don’t and that’s totally fine.  If anything it’s a conversation starter. 

So here goes…

Preparation

Colour selection

It’s Colour Time

The first step was finding the right colour.  My initial thought?  This is going to be easy!  I had my heart set on teal and surely there weren’t many to choose from.  Oh how wrong could I be!!  I was stumped on the first step. 

There are a number of factors that make colour choice a difficult one.

– Wall of Options.  The sheer volume of choice is enough to induce options anxiety.

– Samples are too small.  It’s so much harder to see the impact of colours when it is viewed on a smaller scale.  

– Bright florescent lighting.  The bright florescent lighting of department stores can easily flush out the vibrancy and depth of colour samples.  It’s not surprising that when you bring the samples home they always look completely different with natural lighting or in dim ambient rooms.

Helpful Colour Tips

When choosing a paint colour we are absolutely spoiled for choice.  I know I have certainly felt overwhelmed standing in-front of the colour wall wondering where to start.  Below are some helpful hints to get you on the right track.

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Bring in colour cues

When you are choosing a colour, it’s a great idea to bring with you items from home that represent your colour palate.  This could be a cushion, wall colour sample, throw or even a dinner plate.  Surrounding the samples with colours from your home will enable you to see if the tone will suit your current décor and colour scheme. 

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Warm or Cool?

It is helpful to begin visualising the temperature of the tone you are trying to achieve.  Warmer colours are generally made with more orange, red and yellow tones and cooler colours lean towards the blues, greens and light purple hues.  Focusing on one could make the overall decision less daunting.

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Pick the right Sheen

It might seem surprising, but the sheen can dramatically change the depth of colour. Choosing between semi-gloss, gloss or a matt finish can darken or lighten the overall richness of colour.  A rule of thumb is the shinier the surface the deeper the tone.

Sample pots galore!

Ok now you have narrowed your selection and purchase sample pots.  Here is a helpful hint – Don’t paint it directly on the piano!  In this instance, it is best to use a large piece of plywood or cardboard.   Once held in place, look at the relationship between the colour tones and the surroundings.  Eg wall colour, flooring and the rooms colour palette.

Which colour did I choose?

After many trips to Bunnings, I decided on a Dulux colour called ‘Tempted Teal’.  Am I happy?  I wanted a hit of colour and I surely got that.  Yes it’s bright but I it grows on you.   Now that the colour has been chosen it’s time to disassemlbe this beast.

Preparation

Disassemble

Piece by Piece.

It is not until you pull apart a piano that you can truly appreciate this amazing percussion instrument.   It is also not until you pull it apart you see the years of wear and tear.  This piano lived 125 years of its life at a secondary school so you can only imagine what I’m talking about.  It’s time to breathe new life into this beast!

Preparation

Primer

Primer is the key!

When choosing the right primer for the job, I opted for a paint that can adhere to shiny surfaces including tiles.  After sanding, I applied two coats of the primer.  I’m purposefully not including the paint I used.  Please seek professional advise for your own projects.

time for colour

No turning back now!

THREE COATS OF TEAL GOODNESS!

I remember it well.  Super hot Melbourne days painting this Piano three coats of teal goodness!  Gosh if I don’t love it I’m definately going to have to learn to love it!  

falling in love again

Teal Piano…

…I think I love you!

Yes it’s definately teal!

Well it’s not to everyones taste but it sure makes a statement!  Love it or not?  What do you think?

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