Piano Makeover

Piano Makeover

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!

Piano Makeover

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.

Piano Makeover

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.

Piano Makeover

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!

Piano Makeover

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!!

Piano Makeover

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.

Chevron Wall Video Tutorial

Sewing Desk Makeover

You might also like the easy way I moved my piano to have it painted.

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26 Responses to Piano Makeover

  • I know you used the Annie Sloan soft wax and dark wax, but what color and sheen paint did you use?

  • I’m totally jealous and I don’t even own a piano!

  • This is beautiful! Now I’m just so sad. We sold my mother-in-law’s baby grand piano after she died. At age 92, she really put the wear & tear on it after all those years. Never thought of a piano makeover!

    • Thanks Judy! I am so glad you like it 🙂 I would never have thought of a piano makeover either if I hadn’t seen so many others floating around the blogosphere. Gotta love super creative people that we can copy right !?!?

  • Fantastic!
    I’ve got a grand piano, which I love, but also an old upright piano, which I bought when I was a student and didn’t have any money to spare. I still love it, but it does look a bit old and tired by now. So now I need to give my old upright a makeover!
    Thanks for inspiring me.

  • It seriously looks amazing!! I LOVE your decorating on the top! I think that when I finally get money (haha) that you need to come help me decorate my house!!

  • Does painting a piano change the sound?

    • Nope, painting a piano DOES NOT change the sound as long as you properly cover and tape off the sound board and keyboard when painting. Also, depending on the temperature of the outside air when you are painting the piano and letting it cure, you may have to have it tuned when you move it back inside the house. Hot or cold temps, and sometimes just moving the piano at all, will put it out of tune. Hope that answers your question, let me know if you have any more!

  • Beautiful! I’ve often wondered if it would be a shame to paint my piano, and now think it might be a shame NOT to! thanks for the tips.

  • Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for this post. I’ve been thinking about painting my piano, but too scared to really consider doing it. Well not anymore. I’m going to do it.

  • Hi Britany, That was a lovely job! The piano looks gorgeous now! It must be awesome having the music in the veins. I never got to play any instruments, I didn’t try much but those I tried either I didn’t have patience or just didn’t get it. At least I did have my rhythm, so I danced as much as I could but not professionally. I admire so much musicians! Thanks so much for sharing this with me at Bewitch Me & Titi! Hope to have you back with more amazing shares! Hope you have a grrrreat week!!!

    Cami @ TitiCrafty.com

    • Thanks Cami! What a lovely comment you left me, YES I do love music, but I also love dancing and although I have rythym dancing was never something I was awesome at, but I always adored people who were! You will definitely see me back again for your link party!

  • This is AWESOME! Looks beautiful in pictures and even more beautiful in person!

  • Oh my! Your piano turned out gorgeous… what a great instrument! So glad to hear how you have the positive “not-the-piano-of-my dreams” attitude. There is a lot to be said for that!
    I’m really liking the bead-board!!
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

    • Crystelle, I am with you, I think the bead board might be my favorite part! Now I don’t even know if I want the piano of my dreams because I am so loving the way mine looks now! Thanks for stopping by, visiting and leaving me a comment, made my day!

  • This is gorgeous! I have a piano sitting in storage that needs some attention. I love seeing how yours looks in white because I’m thinking of doing the same. Thanks so much for sharing! Happy Monday to you!

    • I first thought of doing mine another color, like blue!!! But I am so glad I went with white, classic, and matches everything. If you paint yours I would love to see the end result. Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment, love it!

  • I’ve been debating doing this to my piano for a few years! LOVE how yours turned out. -Michele @ Neat Little Nest

    • Thanks Michele! I had been debating it forever too but was too scared. I had my friend, who paints, actually do the makeover, but after watching her do it I realized I totally could have done it! Don’t be scared, just jump right in and do it! Just give yourself lots of time 🙂

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