I don’t play the piano… well, that’s not entirely true, I took lessons for about two years, so there are about 3 songs I can pluck out- Ode to Joy, Hey Jude (talk about random!), and one nameless song that is kind of my signature song. Long story short, I stink! Eric however, is an amazing pianist. I absolutely love listening to him play. Our kids have names for all the different songs, “The Angry Song” is a fast song and the kids run around our house like crazy people when he plays it. I love watching him play and it reminds me how crazy talented (in so many areas) my hubs is.
As much as I love the sound, I have never been a fan of the look of the oak piano. It’s just so dated and not me…
Because the piano was so blah, I let two years go by with our front living room looking pretty much like this… no style, Eric’s choice of colonial blue on the walls, and just an overall hot mess.
My living room is attached to my dining room, so the difference between the two rooms was pretty stark…
We finally decided to take the plunge and paint the piano! I knew I was going to for ages, but I didn’t know what color, so I wanted until I was positive!
I decided on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Antibes Green. I’m sure you know all about ASCP, but if you don’t it’s one of the coolest paint products out there! It is a chalk paint, but not chalkboard paint. Basically it adheres to all kinds of surfaces and wait for it… you don’t have to sand!! Boyah!
Since I didn’t have to waste time sanding, I got right to taping. I needed to make sure that I was super careful and no paint would damage the piano since the hubs actually uses it.
The prep work took me about 5 minutes and then it was time to paint. Eric was working on painting stripes on the ceiling for me (post coming on those soon) and we just put “Hit List” on Fios and got our painting groove on.
Yeah, I don’t look too thrilled, but I promise I was….
How’s that for a comparison… bye bye nasty oak!
I did two coats, but after the first I knew I was in love!
Chalk paint looks really uneven when it’s drying, but have no fear- it looks nice and smooth once it’s fully dry.
I used Annie Sloan dark wax to seal the piano and give it the darker, rich color I wanted. I’m not going to give you any tips on that part because I completely did it wrong! Apparently I was supposed to wax with clear wax and then dark… I just tell people, I was going for a more imperfect look! Ha!
The bench got ASCP on the legs, but to add a little awesomeness, I upholstered it with this fabric from Spoonflower.
Ahh! I love the fabric with the green!
So what do you think of the before and after?
I hear so many people say, “but you can’t paint it- it’s REAL wood!” and I want to go on the record saying, “It can be REAL wood and still be REALLY ugly!” Don’t be afraid to paint!!
And now for an onslaught of after pictures….
I’m so happy to finally have a living room that I love!
And don’t forget… We’re the ones in a contest now and if we win, we get to give $5000 to the charity of our choice! We need your help, though- you can learn more about our project and the charity we chose here, or go vote for us every day for the next two weeks right here (like their page and then click on the Crafting for Charity button on their FB page). Thank you!
And just because this absolutely made my night… look at the picture I found on my computer! I recently taught Kaden how to use PicMonkey and apparently he’s having a good old time with it!
I actually might frame this pic I love it so much… “ther is monsters”
Have a great weekend and watch out for those darn monsters!