Turquoise Piano

I never thought we’d get a piano.  Our house is not very big and the layout doesn’t leave us a lot of options to play around with.  But the little girl is 1.5 years into lessons and LOVES it.
Really loves it. Like puffy heart loves it. Which is really strange for this tone-deaf mama.
But I found a free piano on Craigslist, so I sent my army of males off to retrieve it for us.

They were actually pretty funny.  All these men, grunting and heaving and talking about their poor backs and stuff.  Meanwhile, they said the couple they got it from was telling them about some couple they knew who were piano movers and the wife was a little old lady and the husband only had one leg and used one finger to lift it.  Or something to that affect.  Point being, all in the technique, boys… all in the technique.  My boys did not have the technique down, let me tell you.

But the piano made it into the house and it was in pretty rough shape.  Wood was splintering, 
there were sticky spots on the wood, and it hadn’t been tuned since 1986.

So I turned to my favorite can of $5 Oops blue paint that I used on my front door and got to work.  This was one of the easiest things I’ve ever painted.  Almost all straight lines and I didn’t tape anything off. Two coats later and I was done!  For the bench, I used some old padding I found in a bin in the basement and the fabric that was left over from my living room curtains from last spring. 
Grand cost for bringing a piano into my home??  $120 for the piano tuning!
Everything else was leftover from other projects or laying around the house!  And piano tuning 
is one thing this DIY girl will gladly pass off to the experts. (did I mention I’m tone deaf??)

This is the old fur something-or-other I found in the basement and used on the bench.
I cut, trimmed and glued until it covered the whole seat.
I love in this picture how the green in the fabric picks up the green from the kitchen that’s hiding around the corner.  (Soon I plan on getting all those doors painted white!  Soon, soon!!)
I love my little 60 cent Elfman that I picked up at a thrift store. And it fits her personality perfectly!
and I thought it would be funny to make her stare at her brother’s handsome 
face every day when she practices.  I’m that kind of a mom.
I’m so in love with it and the way it fits into our house!  And she actually plays really pretty music! It’s not just banging away, because that was my biggest fear.  Please don’t let her just bang away.
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  1. Oh man, that’s awesome! I took piano lessons my whole childhood…I think I would have practiced a lot more if I had a piano like that!

  2. Natalie, it looks fantastic! And I like that you didn’t completley tear the piano apart like most of the tutorials I’ve seen. I thought it could be done with out all that hassle, and you just proved me right! Not that proving me wright was the point, it just now let’s me think of a fun color to do ours in =)

  3. Did you sand it first? How did you deal with the splintering wood?

  4. Fabulous!! We have an old piano that I would love to paint…but I’m scared. What size/kind of paintbrush did you use? And how did you do around the keys without taping off? BTW, your little Elfman is actually Robin Hood! ;0)

  5. That is fantastic Natalie!!

  6. OMG!

    My in laws are giving us their piano, which looks like the original version of yours! It’s such an eyesore, but I want Eva to learn to play … I thought about painting it, but thought that was a “no no” … until this post!

    Love this!!!

  7. You go girl! It is stunning and is so vibrant and fun! I know you must love it… it is fabulous!

    Take care,


  8. What a gorgeous transformation!!!

  9. LOOOVE IT!!! Please come paint my piano now! What kind of paint did you use???

  10. Wow! Love it!

  11. Stop it right now! You have a turquoise piano!?!? Can I have your autograph please? Seriously I love this pop of awesomeness in your home! You made me laugh at the “Bro” staring picture thing! HA! So something I would do!!! Love this so much! Great job!

  12. so pretty. I love the pop of color! Your little girl is a very lucky lady. And you can’t beat the price either!

  13. That is so awesome! You are so creative! Way to upstyle that piano :)

  14. That is pretty awesome!! Would love to do that to our piano but it is a borrowed piano! Love the color! My girl is a 1.5 years in a good also!!

  15. I do so love a painted Piano…so pretty!

  16. That looks fantastic! You seriously transformed it. It’s amazing what a coat of paint and a bit of creativity can do isn’t it. You’re so clever!

  17. I’m so proud!

  18. This is gorgeous!!!!

    Ya always have room for a piano! That’s what I say : )

  19. OMG, I soooo want to do something like this to my piano. But I think since I’m a piano teacher, people think my piano should look like a regular ole piano, not like a crazy DIY makeover. But I am sooo dying to decoupage my entire piano! I need more courage!

  20. I looks so awesome!!! Love that color of blue too. I’m getting ready to do mine, and man I can’t wait to get it done!

  21. I love the piano! It’s my favorite color at the moment!!

  22. Hello CONTRIBUTOR AND FRIEND- Your in the SSTS ON COM today. YAY! winks, jen

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