I have played the piano since I was 7. I took lessons until my junior year in high school when I decided I was way TOO cool, and didn’t have enough time for practicing anymore. I started teaching lessons to kids when I was 15 and haven’t stopped. I currently have 19 students and I LOVE teaching kids (and several select adults – wink) how to play the piano. This instrument has my heart. I love to play and listen to others play, those piano keys make my heart sing. But, they are a little bit expensive to buy.
This piano I have owned for the past 8 years is a medium grade upright. It has been really great for the number of kids that bang on it while learning to play. Every time a kid bangs on the piano, or swings their feet and kicks it, or tips the bench back, I just don’t really worry about it. Where…if I had the expensive piano of my dreams I would probably FA-reak out! So, while the mid grade piano is great for my needs, it has not been the love of my life as far as aesthetics go.
It was brown and plain and dated with very little personality.
My sweet friend Marcy, from Murals by Marcy, and I spoke at length about my piano and she was excited to take the project on and turn my piano into a statement piece that would reflect my personality and decorating style. She is truly amazing, if you haven’t checked out her work and great tutorials, you need to!
We picked a creamy white and I knew that I wanted bead board and trim added under the keyboard. This was partly because I thought it would look AWESOME, which it does! And partly because there were knicks and some damage from kids feet and from our many moves. The trim and bead board would cover them right up and add tons of unique personality.
I also knew I wanted it to have a distressed look. Marcy found some awesome Annie Sloan brown soft wax that turned out ah-mazing! It really brought out the details on the music stand and the bead board and the trimmed edges of the piano and the bench.
I had so much fun decorating the top of my piano. It’s new look opened up some fun new options for what I could put on top. I can’t wait to decorate it for upcoming Holidays. Gonna be fun!
Here is the before and after one more time right next to each other just so you can see really how awesome the transformation was!!
This piano is now such a statement piece in my home, and I love it, it is totally me! Thanks Marcy! Her video tutorial below shows just how easy it can be to do a piano makeover of your own.
Other painting projects you might like that Marcy has done for me.
You might also like the easy way I moved my piano to have it painted.
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