Last Updated on December 24, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
Remember that Craigslist piano that I got for free (other than the $200 I had to pay to have it moved)?
Remember how I specifically wanted a painted piano (or rather, a piano that I could paint), and then I found out that this particular piano kind of has some historical value, so I decided that I felt guilty painting it?
I’m really having second thoughts about that.
I’m not one of those “wood should never be painted” types of people. Far from it. I know people say, “But you destroy the monetary value of furniture when you paint it!” But this piano isn’t monetarily valuable. And frankly, I rarely even give a thought about the monetary value of pieces that will be living in my home. In my mind, if I want a particular piece of furniture in my house, but it doesn’t work in its current condition (with its current finish) then it has no value to me. And sometimes a coat or two of paint is all that’s needed to change that so that the piece has value to me in my own home.
And yet I find myself feeling guilty about painting this piano. I don’t know why. It desperately needs to be refinished (the current finish is so old it feels like sandpaper), and stripping a finish is stripping a finish. In other words, I could strip it now and refinish it, or I could add a couple of layers of paint, enjoy it painted for a few years (or until I get tired of it being painted and want something different), and then strip it later and refinish it. Stripping and refinishing a piece as large as a piano is difficult, time-consuming work. But really, a couple of extra layers of latex paint won’t really make that process any more difficult. A good chemical stripper will eat through all of the layers of finish very quickly, regardless of how many extra layers I add between now and when I’m ready to refinish it.
So I think I’ve talked myself into painting it. I still feel a twinge of guilt, but somehow that guilt subsides a bit when I get online and start looking at all of the bright, colorful, beautiful pianos that other people have painted. Just take a look at the amazing difference it made in Kristyn’s piano at Lil’ Luna. Here’s what she started with…
And here’s what it looks like now…
I LOVE that yellow! It’s so bright and cheery. In fact, I’m considering yellow for my piano. Yellow is the brightest of all colors, and since my piano is going in a room that has no windows and only gets natural light via the neighboring rooms, I think it needs a bit of brightness. A big, dark piece (i.e., a dark wood piano) in that room would just be too much. That room needs as much lighnesst and brightness as I can bring.
And I don’t think I’ve told you yet, but the music room is where I’ve decided to use my hand-drawn, butterfly-free DIY version of Schumacher’s Birds & Butterflies wallpaper. (More birds and no butterflies for me, please! 🙂 )
Can you just picture it? A soft-but-bright yellow piano sitting in front of my own version of that wallpaper? Ahhhh…it makes my heart happy. Seriously, that will be one of those rooms that it’s just impossible to be in and be in a bad mood, or upset, or grumpy. It will be the happiest of rooms. And isn’t that perfect for a music room?
And now I think I’ve almost certainly talked myself into it. 🙂
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