My Painted Piano {An ASCP Project}

I’m still in a little bit of a shock, every time I look over to the corner in my great room I see it – my newly painted piano! I’ve been wanting to paint it for ever a year, but seriously I was so nervous to jump in and do it. That is until I started using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Once I realized I didn’t need to prime (for dark colors) or sand, that it would only take one coat of paint, and I wouldn’t need to actually move it to paint it; I was in!

I have this problem, if I decide I want to do something I usually want to to it yesterday now. One Sunday afternoon (wink, wink) I decided to go for it.

{Before Piano}

This is a really old picture from when we got the piano – FREE on Craigslist. It’s nothing fancy but, I did fill an empty spot in our great room and provided a great place to decorate (especially seasonally).

To Invest or Not to Invest in a $30 Paint Brush?

 After visiting a local shop to purchase my ASCP (and talking to the ‘expert’) I broke down and invested in one of her paint brushes ($29.99). The sell on her paint brush is it holds a lot of paint and because of that, you use less. It brushes on wonderfully and washes out super easy. I do not regret buying it!

To Prime or Not to Prime?

One thing I have learned is even though ‘they’ say you don’t have to prime when you use ASCP, I always end up priming when I’m using a light color such as Old Ochre. Because the paint is so expensive, I don’t want to waste it on 2 coats if I can use my primer for one of them. I taped off the area I used the Old Ochre and primed before painting.

To Purchase ASCP or Not to Purchase ASCP?

 I was reluctant to spend $36.95 per quart on paint however, once I did, I was sold! This paint goes on so easy and has an amazing finish. The claim to ‘fame’ is for most projects there is NO PREP work: no sanding and no priming. I choose Aubusson Blue for my piano (a bold choice) and it came out gorgeous. I only did one coat and it was dry in less than an hour!

My piano front was pretty plain so I decided to add a couple wood appliques (5 pieces). They were really easy to work with, I simply glued them on with wood glue – that’s it!

To Wax or Not to Wax?

My last step was to wax the piano. Annie Sloan Wax is amazing, it spreads like butter. The dark wax provides that aged look and makes the details on your piece really pop. In addition to the Annie Sloan paint brush, I invested in a wax brush (not Annie Sloan) for $24.95. I’m so glad I did! I makes applying the wax much easier and faster.

{After Piano}

Love you more than my BLUE piano, 


P.S. I wasn’t able to take pictures of the process, being it had been rainy and dark all week… grrrrr.  As soon as the sun came out I could finally take some, after I finished. 

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  1. Beth Smith says:

    Love your blue piano….whodathunk it would be so cute!

  2. Great job! I love my ASCP and brushes and waxes too! I do like your tip of priming under the lighter colors so you only have one coat of paint. Do you have a source for primer that is natural with no chemical odor? I will be painting inside my house now with the weather turning towards winter and I love that the AS paint is safe to use around my family.

    • Hi Jill! I can’t say I know about natural primer. I usually do it in my garage. I also use a fast drying primer so it doesn’t seem to be too strong. Thank you so much for stopping by! HUGS!

  3. Wow! Now that’s a first, I’ve seen just about everything when it comes to painting, but I’ve never seen anyone paint their piano ~ how creative!!

  4. I am planning to get a piano off of craigslist very soon and I am so glad that there are other people who would dare to paint a piano! it really is just another piece of furniture right? This is definitely inspiring, I’m going to do it!

  5. Beautiful! Thanks for posting. My daughter wants me to help her paint her piano and this is perfect inspiration!

  6. Oh my goodness, that’s lovely! Found you through MMS.

  7. Oh wow Sunday…what a transformation….those wooden embellishments were a great addition ! xo

  8. Wow! What a huge project that was – it turned out great! I love that AS Aubusson Blue as well -just lovely!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  9. Thanks for visiting my blog! I just had to come over and check out your Aubusson Blue Piano.
    Oh my, it is stunning!! I love it!!

  10. I have painted several pianos but have only used spray paint. Now, before you all get excited (hee hee!) let me just say that my husband is a Registered Piano Technician so he removes all working parts of the piano, takes it completely apart and then we spray paint it. Sure, a piano has a cabinet just like any other piece of furniture so you can certainly paint it. However, here’s the caveat: IF you get paint into and on any working parts (and believe me there are parts most people don’t even know exist in a piano cuz you can’t see them) you run the risk of damaging it as an instrument.

    Because I’m a decorator and a pianist I have this quandary about pianos. From a decorator’s point of view I want them to look pretty in their surroundings…and sometimes that means painting them :-) From a musician’s point of view, first and foremost I want the piano to play exceptionally well and don’t really care what the cabinet looks like. (In fact my own grand piano’s finish is looking kind of sad. Well, she is 88 years old.)

    So…bottom line: If you’re painting a piano to use just as another piece of furniture, go have fun! I LOVE painted pianos myself so I’m not knocking that aspect. However if you intend to play the piano, do contact a qualified piano technician and hire him/her to take the piano apart. Not only will this make painting it easier but you’ll not risk ruining any ‘working parts”.

    Personally I can’t wait to try ASCP on a grand piano we have in the shop. It’s going to get an overhaul (that means making it play like new) but I’m excited to see what I can do with ASCP!

  11. Where did you get the wood appliques from? I am so inspired by your project!

    • Hi Laurie! Sorry it’s taken me a few days to answer, my internet was out. I found the appliques at Menards (Im not sure where you live if you Menards, but it’s like Home Depot. I also saw a bunch of them on Amazon. Thanks for stopping by!

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