Probably one of the most abused pieces of equipment in any church are the pianos that are mounted on rolling platforms and moved from room to room. Every time they are moved through a door they tend to get banged up, beat up, and scratched up. Over the years (and decades) the scars really begin to show. Once a piano begins to show these scars, people don't seem to worry about banging it up even more. After all, it is just an old beat-up piano.
The piano in this Instructable was being used in my wife's Sunday School room, and one day I decided to try to make it a little more presentable. Please note that this piano wasn't a priceless antique -- it was just a cheap old beat-up piano. Although it functioned just fine, as you can see from the photos, it looked like it had suffered through a lot in its life.
Step 1: Materials and Tools Used
Because this piano was going to require a lot of wood filler, I decided against using a stain and varnish. I was afraid I would never get the wood filler to match the grain (and stain), so I decided the end result would look better if I painted this piano black. Again, this piano was not some priceless antique.
The materials and tools used were as follows:
- screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers (to remove the top, front, and bottom panel)
- orbital sander
- large vinyl tarp (to protect the floor)
- shop vacuum cleaner
- wood filler -- LOTS of wood filler!
- sandpaper (150 grit, 220 grit, 400 grit)
- oil based satin black paint
- masking tape
- old newspapers
I also had supervision......lot's of supervision as you can see in the photo!