Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Tale of the Turquoise Piano

A little over a month ago, Andy asked me what I wanted for Mother's Day. I told him a card and breakfast in bed would be great, seeing as how he was unemployed at the time :)

Well, he had other ideas....

A loooong time ago I had mentioned a decorating blog to him called All Things Thrifty. I know the girl who started it. Her husband and I are friends and we grew up together and also our parents are still great friends. Anyway, several months ago, she had done a post on painting pianos. We had been given an old, typical, upright, ugly, brown piano by my wonderful brother and his lovely wife before moving here. I can play, but haven't in years. I knew I wanted my kids to learn, so we went ahead and took the thing. And there it sat in our living room. An ugly old eyesore.

Andy decided to paint it for me as my Mother's Day gift. Oh my goodness. I was excited. At first I thought to do a classic, typical color. Cream or black. But, if you've noticed my home decor, everything is cream or black with a little red thrown in. I like it, and I am typically one to go for more classic things, but I have been wanting to become more daring and colorful in my decorating. Once Andy mentioned that we should paint it an actual color, I googled "painted pianos" and then the possibilities became endless. I chose turquoise and I am SO glad I did. I am in L.O.V.E with it. Take a look...Andy started taking it apart so quickly once we decided to do it that this was the best "before" picture that I have.

All taped up and ready to prime. Per Brooke's recommendation, we used Kilz Primer.

My hunky hubby painting away. After it was painted, he glazed it to make it look antiqued.

I know I have more pictures of the actual process, but I can't seem to find them in my picture folder right now. Oh well...

Anyway, here is the final product!

I'm not quite finished with the bench. That is the material I am covering it with, but I still need to get some foam to put under it.

Andy added a few wooden scrollwork details. I love it! Also, for some reason, it looks like different colors in different pictures. Not quite sure why, kinda weird. But it is definitely a bright turquoise blue color!

He also got all new silver hardware for it (the old stuff was gold) and he painted the pedals as well.

I absolutely love it so much that sometimes I just go in the living room and sit and stare at it. I also love that it is the first thing people see when they come in my house. It is such a great statement piece.

Thank you my Love! Amazing Mother's Day indeed...


The Jubbs said...

Love! I am so impressed that you were so brave. It gives me the courage to try something like that one day cause it looks awesome! I am absolutely in love with the fabric for the bench too. It's perfect. Will my lovely brother come paint a piano for me??

Emily said...

I LOOOVE it!!!!! I want a beautiful painted piano oh so bad!!!

Dave and Kristin Dirkmaat said...

Cool!!! thats a great idea!!! We have an old brown upright too!

Matt and Joanna said...

i LOVE it! i'm thinking maybe i should paint my piano as well. you picked a fantastic color as well. you an awesome husband! i'm going to check out this thrifty blog asap!

Drea said...

It looks great! I love the turquoise!

Amber Kei said...

Awesome! Sarah, what a fun thing to have - it looks completely stunning.
Crazy that summer is here and everything moving along. School will be up and running again in no time. How can our kiddos keep growing so quickly??
Hope your summer is going great.