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Easy DIY Piano Makeover


Easy DIY Piano Makeover

Even though I don't play much anymore, I still love having a piano in the house. A few years ago my mother-in-law asked if I wanted their old piano. I was super excited because not only did the piano have sentimental value but I knew that a piano can be a great versatile piece of furniture if used right. When we got our piano, we did a few things that helped to give it a more updated look that fit our house. This super easy DIY piano makeover, only cost about $120 and only took a few hours hours of work. Our refinished piano has become one of my favorite pieces of furniture in our house. It is so much fun to decorate for every season and has been the perfect addition to our house. Here is what we did to update our piano. 


  • Sherwin Williams Extreme Bond Primer (1 Quart) $23.49 
  • Ikea SKOGSTA Bench, acacia, 47 1/4" $79.00 
  • Sherwin Williams SuperPaint Interior Acrylic Latex (1 Quart) $22.39 
  • Paint Brushes 

Step 1: Clean & Prime

Make sure to clean any dust off the exterior of the piano. If your piano has a really shiny surface, take some sandpaper and gently buff the top layer of old paint or stain. Next, apply a thin layer of primer to the whole piano. Make sure to wait until it is completely dry before continuing on to the next step. 

Step 2: Paint 

Once the primer is completely dry, apply the first coat of paint. If you have a really dark colored piano, you may need to apply a second coat of paint. We painted the entire exterior of our piano and then waited a few weeks before painting around the keys. This way the paint had time to cure before we opened the piano. After you are completely done painting your piano, wait at least 2 weeks before heavy use. It is so important to let the paint cure in order to reduce scratching. 

Step 3: Add New Hardware

Lastly, add some fun touches (like a new bench or new knobs). This really added a lot to our piano! We have loved decorating our piano for every season and it has become a statement piece in our home. Instead of being an eyesore, it has become one of my favorite pieces of furniture.  

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