So, you see this beautiful piano right here?
Well, that wasn't always the case. To keep a long story short, I saw a photo of this piano online and fell in love with its shape and potential. Luckily when my husband and I went to check it out, we discovered that despite some cosmetic problems, it still had great bones and no playing issues. After a very difficult time getting it to our home and up quite a few steps, it sat in the corner of our dining room, looking like this:
It was a bit worse for the wear, with some worn away and dated stain and various watermarks. Although, as you can see, my cat also recognized that all this thing needed was some vision, paint, and elbow grease to get it back to its former self ;).
I had come across a photo online of a charming room in an old french house that featured a blue-gray ceiling with gold stars months before finding this piano. I saved that concept in the back of my mind, knowing I wanted to incorporate it into our own home somehow. This piano, with its dreamy feminine look and historic French shape seemed like the perfect thing to try it on.
After priming the whole piano, being careful to cover the keys and that beautiful, gold Haddorf logo that I wanted to keep intact, I tackled painting it. Using a combination of a mini roller for the bigger areas and various brushes for the smaller, I applied the color "Storm Cloud" by Sherwin Williams in Pro Classic Semi Gloss paint.
For the gold details I used Martha Stewart Metallic Craft Paint in "Gold." I know there are now a million gold metallic options out there, but, personally, I don't care much for brassy toned gold, so I thought that color did a good job of giving off a richer gold color. Bonus: I also used it to fix up the mirror that sits on top of the piano; that was a simultaneous revamp project that I had going on. For the gold stars I figured I would not pain myself with trying to get them perfect, nor did I know exactly how many I wanted to do until I saw them on the piano, so I decided to order gold vinyl decals instead and spare myself some sanity.
I think my favoite part of this project is actually the color I chose for the piano. The lighting changes a lot throughout the day in our dining room, due to the large amount of windows, so the color appears a cool grey in overcast and has almost a periwinkle tone when the sunlight hits it. Now the only thing left to do is polish my piano playing skills.