Picture of How to Paint Your Piano!
Ah, the old piano. That big, brown, I'm-doing-nothin-for-ya furniture piece that's sucking the design right out of your living room (shrieking in the background). And while it seems to be a good decoration piece with it's doily and all, think how amazing it would really be when you ditch the blah brown and transform it to be yellow, emerald green, or even teal! 

I wanted to paint my piano for 5 months and finally mustard up the courage (you know I love my puns). Now, it's my absolute favorite accent piece. So, if you're all keyed up (couldn't resist), don't be. Stop and think, what's the worst that could happen?

This tutorial will teach you how to prep, paint and transform your piano the best way I know. And though there are many ways to paint your furniture, this worked out excellent for me. Now, go on and paint your own!
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Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Prep Work Supplies

  1. 1" painter's tape
  2. Electric sander
  3. 60 and 150 grit sandpaper
  4. 1 gallon Zinsser BIN primer
  5. Tack cloth (1-2 packges)
  6. 1 Large brown roll of craft paper
  7. Two foam brushes (2" and 3")
Painting Supplies

  1. 1-2 qts of Sherwin William's interior acrylic latex satin finish (the yellow color is "Gambol Gold")
  2. Miniwax polycrylic protective finish
  3. Two foam brushes (2" and 3")
  4. Tack cloth 
  5. 220 grit sand paper
Wow, I looooove it!! I am going to do mine, am totally inspired by yours, it looks so well done. I live in Australia so will see how I go with finding all your gear over here. Thank you. Ele
peterbujok16 months ago

I got the clear gloss polycrylic, do you think this will be okay or should I return it?

carrielynneh (author)  peterbujok16 months ago

That would be fine! The finish will be a little more shiny than a satin finish, but still look great. I just like the look of a flat or satin finish with any paint, but I'm not the norm. Good luck!

Has the painting effected the tone/ tuning of the piano at all? I'm about to buy a second hand piano which will need tuning but have heard painting them ruins them?

It looks amazing though, I've always, ALWAYS wanted a green piano!

carrielynneh (author)  ninjabunny48788 months ago

Good to hear! I haven't heard any difference since painting my piano, and haven't even tuned it yet because it sounds the same to me. Just don't paint the inside and you should be good! ;) Seriously though when I was debating this I couldn't see how painting it would effect the sound (as I had read in a few places as well). I'm glad I painted it and found that it's fine. Also, I think green would be awesome. You'll love it!

dpno2nr1 year ago
Only paint it this way if you never plan to have it tuned or repaired again. If you do, be sure to disassemble the case parts first and only reassemble them when the painting is finished and fully cured.
carrielynneh (author)  dpno2nr1 year ago
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carrielynneh (author)  carrielynneh1 year ago
Thanks for your idea, but why is it needed to disassemble your piano before you paint it in order to be able to tune it in the future? My piano can be easily tuned and sounds great!
a00000000002 years ago
ii wanna but that beautifull thing
paganwonder2 years ago
it certainly draws you toward it...maybe result in more playing? Well done!
carrielynneh (author)  paganwonder2 years ago
Yes, exactly! It's been fun.
Very nicely done! Thanks for sharing.

seamster2 years ago
That looks awesome. It's such a bold commitment--I don't know if I could do the same to my piano!

But I like it a lot. Good work, and thanks for all the great painting tips.
carrielynneh (author)  seamster2 years ago
Thank you :)