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How to Piano Painting With No Mess

Recently we had a friend hand down a miniature piano to our family and it works like a charm and the kids have loved using it as an introduction to music. But for the last year, it has been a bit of an eyesore so we decided to paint it! Piano painting can be difficult so I’m excited to share with you my secrets for how to paint a piano with no mess and no stress.

How to Paint a Piano

Our Piano Painting Inspiration

This piano was brown all over, dinged up from many years of love, and not really doing anything for our design decor. I’ve thought for a while that I wanted to paint the piano over the past year, but never got around to it. Mostly, I was afraid of getting paint into parts that I wasn’t supposed to and ruining the thing.

We took the piece from a dinged up brown and painted it to a deep rich blue and decided to leave the faux dust cover brown. I really like the effect of the peeking out brown with the blue and it allows the halfway peeling off the brand name to remain, which adds a load of character. Leaving this part of the piano brown also saved me the arduous task of taking all the keys off before piano painting.

Painted Piano

Other Home Painting Projects

And after you learn how to paint a piano, let’s get the rest of the house on the color train – with these DIY home painting projects.

 

Piano painting

I’m so happy with how the piano painting came out and it has quickly become an evening gathering spot in our house. We are looking at having the entire family (all four of us) take piano lessons and learn together, which sounds so fun! I’ll keep you updated on that, we might be ready for a Hudgins family Christmas carol. ;)

We styled the corner a bit and of course, quickly made a mess. I didn’t freak out though because we had our method in hand and it easily cleaned up the mess without destroying my brand new paint job! Yay for that.

How To Paint A Piano

To create a painted piano you will need:

  • Paint
  • A damp microfiber cloth
  • A small angled brush

1. Start by cleaning, drying and painting the sides and back of the piano which are the easiest areas to paint.

2. Next move onto the front of the piano. Take off any accessories and paint these separately, then paint.

3. Once you get near the keys, we found it worked best to use small angles movements – not taping off the keys, but just being very careful and using our microfiber cloth to clean any accidental misses as we went. This ensures the paint won’t dry between the keys and will give you a clean finish to the piano.

The Painted Piano Clean Up

Piano painting step by step

How to get this piano painting done with no mess and no stress

One of the things I was most worried about when painting the piano was the issue of getting paint into parts that would affect our playing of the piano, or on the keys! I did actually end up with a couple drops on the keys and used method (sprayed on a towel, not directly on the piano) to clean this mess up.

We use method daily on everything from our concrete countertops to our wood floors and I love that all method products are biodegradable, vegan + gluten-free. They work like magic.

DIY painted piano

Painting a piano with no mess was almost too scary to tackle, but knowing I could easily clean up our mistakes gave me the courage I needed to learn how to paint a piano and make it happen. I can’t even begin to explain the difference to this cute piano corner and to the entire living room!

(Photography ©A Subtle Revelry by Erin Holland).

11 Comments

  • Marilyn Ming
    November 17, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Wow what a beautiful transformation!

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  • […] YAY!), I was ready for a break. The last few months have been relatively quiet around the house (besides painting a piano), and it’s been nice to just stop and enjoy the space. To take a breather for a […]

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  • Mel
    April 26, 2017 at 10:59 am

    IN love with the stool, where did you find it? Thanks.

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    • Victoria
      April 26, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      Mel, It’s a great stool:) From Hayneedle.com Hope that helps!

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      • Kortney
        January 29, 2018 at 11:02 pm

        Hi Victoria, do you happen to have the name or maker of this stool? Can’t seem to find it on the hay needle website…
        thank you so much!
        Kortney

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    April 27, 2017 at 11:33 am

    […] the far wall is our painted piano, which we moved into the dining room for dinner time […]

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  • All The Home FAQ’S – A Subtle Revelry
    August 22, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    […] As far as painting the piano goes – we received this piano as a gift and are excited to be giving our kids lessons on a simple starter piano. That being said, I have heard for the more seriously instrument inclined, that there is a slight effect to the tuning when you paint the instrument. We are not trained musicians, that being said I’ve noticed no difference in the tuning after painting. You can read all about how we taped off the keys and made painting the piano easy right here. […]

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  • Michelle
    October 3, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    What’s the paint color & brand?

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  • Rachel
    November 3, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Beautiful! I have a piano that I’d like to paint. What kind of paint did you use?

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  • Jack
    September 5, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Your music desk is on backwards. The support at the bottom should be on the back.

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