The Painted Piano

The Painted Piano

After a year of mulling it over, I finally did it.

I painted the piano.

It wasn’t easy, fast or fun.  But I am so, SO thrilled with the results.

Sadly, my “before” pictures were accidentally deleted.  That’s what I get for letting the kids borrow my camera before I got the pictures out of it.  I did find an image of the same piano online.

See?  It wasn’t anything to write home about.  Plain, ugly brown and it didn’t help the room, which I am trying to lighten and cheer up.

At least you can see a little bit of the corner the piano was in.

Try to imagine these two pictures put together…..

Oh dear, maybe not.  Well I can show you the work in progress….

OK, before you start to hyperventilate, here it is now…..Ta Da!

I’m swooning, someone please fan me before faint from the gorgeousness.

Or it could be the heat.  We had to leave the windows open for ventilation and it is pretty hot in here.  Or it could be my smokin’ hot piano.  You decide.

I’m sure you’re dying for a closer look……

I did some sanding along the edges.  Shaunna, do you approve?

I just love how it turned out.  No more big, ugly brown thing in the corner.

The platter was $5 from Home Goods.  I used my Cricut to add the “&”.

My boys gave me the “P” from Anthropologie for Mother’s Day.  I guess all those subtle hints, leaving out the catalog with the pages tagged and dragging the kids in there every time we’re at the mall works!  Now how do I get them to clean their room?

I just love how it turned out.  Did I say that already?   Sorry, but it was such a big job that I think it deserves a second mention.

I’ve had so many questions about how I did it so I did a tutorial….here’s what I did.


I will be linking this to these blog parties:

Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays @ Coastal Charm

Trash to Treasure Tuesday @ Reinvented

Toot Your Horn Tuesday @ A Silly Little Sparrow

Anti-Procrastination Tuesday@ New Nostalgia

Spotlight Yourself @ It’s So Very Cheri

Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage

Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest

Frugalicious Fridays @ Finding Fabulous

Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed

Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tater Tots and Jello

Saturday Night Special @ Funky Junk Interiors

Sundae Scoop @ i heart naptime

Metaporphasis Monday @ Between Naps on the Front Porch


  1. What a great color and the piano is now a great focal point!

  2. So pretty! Way to be brave ;)

  3. I almost passed out when I saw this on Tatertots and Jello! I cannot believe how awesome this is! WOW! I hope you have good ears, cause I am clapping so loud right now!! Congrats!
    .-= Ellie g´s last blog ..I’m So Glad When Daddy Comes Home =-.

  4. Wow that looks amazing! I love the blue! Hope you link it up

  5. I came across your blog via tatertots and LOVE that. If I could find a cheap piano (that worked) and I played I would definitely do this! Did you say what color you used?

  6. I saw this last night and it totally made me want to paint our old piano from my childhood too! I am not sure if when I move out of the basement my mom will say go ahead! take it with you! or not over my dead body!

  7. just wanted to let you know i featured this post today. thanks again for linking up to “AP Tuesdays!”
    .-= amy@newnostalgia´s last blog ..Feature Posts From Anti-Procrastination Tuesday =-.

  8. I painted my piano pretty much that exact same color last summer and it makes me happy every single time I walk past it.

  9. I came over from Mustard Seeds and I am definately painting my piano. It is an antique, that is so old it can’t be tuned but still love the shape but hate the color. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Awesome color! LOVE it !!! :D

  11. I swear that aquaish robin egg blue is my newest favorite color!! It looks gorgeous – and so much more interesting than brown…
    .-= Melissa Howard´s last blog ..Photo Blog =-.

  12. The search thingy doesn’t work on my blog right now on account of switching over to a .com this week. Here’s a link to a pic of mine:

    I think our pianos are definitely related…
    .-= Char´s last blog ..Flickr Feature Friday =-.

  13. STUNNING!!!!! really–I’m in awe.

  14. Hope you don’t mind that I wrote about your piano on our creative blog – You did a super job. Can’t wait to explore your blog more. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Alysa Whitlock´s last blog ..Painted Pianos =-.

  15. Wow… My blog post for ‘Show and Tell Friday’ was all about my wanting to paint my 1912 upright piano. What a blessing to find you. You have given me the inspiration to forge ahead with my crazy desire. Thanks!

    Great job, by the way…It looks spectacular!
    .-= Cindy~´s last blog ..MY WHITE ELEPHANT… =-.

  16. This is so fresh and unexpected! I am in LOVE! Well done!!!



  17. How did I miss this post??!! I was eagerly awaiting it.

    IT LOOKS BEAUTIFUL! But, you really didn’t need one more person to tell you the obvious…or maybe you did ;)

    I’m thinking you have too much time on your hands, Lisa. You may want to look into having another kid or something lol
    .-= Autumn Beck´s last blog ..Books, Books and More Books =-.

  18. I absolutely love this! It’s the same color I added in my dining room recently.I hated painting the chairs, because it took forever, but love the way it looks. Great job!!!!
    Sure brightens up that corner, doesn’t it?
    LOVE IT!!!!

  19. I LOVE this as much as you do! It’s gorgeous!! Congratulations.
    .-= Dana Stern´s last blog ..A Completed Project! =-.

  20. I am fanning myself too from the beauty! Well done. I am sure you are now asking yourself “What took me so long?” :)
    .-= Laura Ingalls Gunn´s last blog ..Birds Nest & Burlap Wreath Tutorial =-.

  21. I dropping by from Tatertots and Jello. I had to stop by since my maiden name is Pennington! I LOOOOOVE the piano! It looks so fresh!!
    .-= Heather @ Sugar ‘N Spice & Mostly Nice´s last blog ..Mandevilla =-.

  22. I’m dropping by from Tatertots and Jello. I had to stop by since my maiden name is Pennington! I LOOOOOVE the piano! It looks so fresh!!
    .-= Heather @ Sugar ‘N Spice & Mostly Nice´s last blog ..Mandevilla =-.

  23. Ha! Love it! Wish I’d found your blog earlier, it’s lovely.

    I was tickled because I also recently painted my piano {a more pale} blue and have gray walls very similar to yours! You’re a woman after my own heart!
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..{New for 2010} =-.

  24. Wow – congratulations on a makeover well done! Love, love, love it!
    .-= Vanessa@decorhappy´s last blog ..Cottage Envy =-.

  25. i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    the color, the sanding, the mirrors, the letter, the shell!!!!!!!!! just beautiful. i never would have thought to paint a piano! but, i am glad you did!! thank you, you have inspired me!
    all the best,

  26. Awesome job! It turned out beautiful! I am promptly showing your blog to my daughter. (Well later in the morning, it’s 2 a.m. right now) She is moving into her new home and wants to paint her upright piano. It is very similar to what yours looked like. We have been contemplating the work involved into doing something so drastic to a piano. But after reading your post… I have been inspired and I know she will be too! Congrats on a great job!
    .-= ldydyinspired´s last blog ..The Guilded Teacups …. =-.

  27. Gorgeous!! Very courageous, too!
    .-= Marge Utley´s last blog ..My first Cricut creation =-.

  28. This is gorgeous! I wish I had the guts to do this to my mother’s old piano.
    .-= Chelsey Hall´s last blog ..The Breakfast Nook =-.

  29. OMG …my jaw just hit the ground. I found your link on and I about fell on the floor. I have had that EXACT same FISCHER maple piano since I was 8 years old and THAT was a very long time ago. I have never liked maple and have always thought someday I would paint it. I may have to ask you how you did it. Was it hard? It looks fantastic. I would love to do mine. It’s a great piano with an excellent soundboard and even though we also have a grand piano and a harpsichord I don’t want to ever get rid of it. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Loved this, it will be featured tomorrow! Hope to see you at Sundae Scoop again!

  31. Fabulous! LOVE!

    .-= Kacey´s last blog ..Paint color… =-.

  32. Oh, please don’t skip the tutorial!!! I totally want to paint my piano! I love the look!!

  33. Lisa,
    Does that sign that says “Forgive” have any special meaning? Is that the piano talking lol

    It looks cute but but a painted piano, doesn’t that mess with the sound or somethig?


  34. That’s just sexy!!! Love the color.

  35. Hey Lisa-
    I’ve been saving this to feature forever now and I just wanted to let you know I am going to publish this tomorrow (Tuesday) on Crazy Thanks for the fun inspiration!

  36. Oh my gosh, STUNNING! It looks amazing! You are so brave, but look how well it paid off! I LOVE IT!!!!

  37. i LOVE this. I suddenly have the urge to buy an old piano and paint it. *sigh* I would have never thought of that…you did a great job!

  38. i have been DYING to paint my ugly brown piano. it looks almost identical, except the bench doesnt have a cushion. you may have just given my the courage….yours looks great.

  39. well, i did it….ughhh. looks like a giant white elephant in my living room. got to figure out how to accessorize it.

  40. Love your blue piano!!! (I found you through Melissa’s blog….that’s my yellow piano in the post!) :)

  41. Wow Wow Wow!!! Absolutely love love love this. I bought an old piano to paint, but haven’t been able to decide on the color. What color did you use? Geez, this just took my breath away.

  42. its fantastic, thanks about this post
    this is my first visit for your blog but i will follow it :)

  43. Your piano looks great and the best part – it is still a piano. Why do we get so worked up about the outside color when the function of the item remains unharmed? I love the color you picked too. Nice job!

  44. Hello Darling Lisa, I just love this piano project. I have a neighbor who wants to paint her piano. Hopefully, your success will give us courage to give it a try. Hope to see you at SNAP again this year!

    Warmly, Michelle


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