Here's the before:
Here's the after:
Much brighter and happier. Did you notice that I'm missing a few pics from my gallery wall? Those would be the ones that fell on the floor and shattered. Must reframe and rehang.
I think I put off this project for so long because I thought it was going to be really difficult. Quite the contrary. The piano was easy to paint because it basically has straight, square lines without a lot of nooks and crannies.
The hardest part was painting around the keys. Here's what I did:
Look what I found on the inside lid of the piano.
The wood was originally so pretty and had a beautiful trademark. I didn't even know this was inside of the piano. Here's a close-up:
And another "after" shot:
A couple of details:
- I started with sanding the piano down and taping off the pedals and keys.
- I used Behr Ultra Premium Paint Plus Primer in Martha Stewart's Sultana. I thought I would be able to skip a step in using the paint and primer in one, but I still ended up having to paint 3 coats. I used a semi-gloss finish.
A couple of concerns/questions:
- I was hoping the paint color would be a little more olive - maybe a little darker, but I don't really feel like repainting it.
- Should I try going over it with a coat of stain or a dark glaze to make it darker?
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