I’ve gone too far

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Sorry for the lack of posting around here lately.  I’ve been busy raising humans and other important tasks. 🙂  I’ve been writing a cookbook (not the same as having a cookbook published, mind you.) and just haven’t had time to do that along with a lot of posting on here.  But things are settling back to normal (wait, we don’t do normal, that’s right…)  Well, normal for me. 🙂  This is a non-recipe post, but I just had to share this.  I love undertaking DIY projects but this one I thought was maybe taking it too far.
Our piano is a $50 piano.  No family heirloom or anything, just something that plays fairly well I found cheap some years ago.  But the finish was dark and worn.  After falling in love with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint I decided I would paint it.  I think it’s fair to say Pinterest is largely to blame.
Especially for this project this paint was the logical choice because I could paint it indoors (no fumes) dries incredibly fast, and no sanding or priming needed.  A good resource for learning how to use the paint is The Purple Painted Lady website.  She has great information on using it and when I ordered paint from her she even answered her phone (gasp!) and answered some questions I had.
This is the before picture:
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I wiped down the piano making sure there was no dust or anything.  Then I brushed on the first coat of Provence.  No, there was no way I was taking the piano apart!  I just used some blue painters tape around the keys and pedals.  As I started the first stroke with the paint brush I kept screaming to myself inside my head (This is TOO FAR, HOLLY!  Who paints their piano?!  WHO?! People who have gone too far!!).  I nearly slapped the brush out of my other hand.  And yes, that’s a dresser painted in provence behind the piano.
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By the time you get done with the first coat, it’s probably already dry and ready for the second coat.
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After the second coat I opened the key cover (or whatever that’s called) and at the last minute I decided to use a vinyl cutout to cover the company emblem so it wouldn’t be painted.  I just didn’t feel like it should be painted over for some reason.
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I painted 2 coats around the keys, then carefully removed the vinyl cutout.
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I love how this little detail turned out.
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To finish I applied 2 coats of clear wax.  I do have a nice wax brush, but I actually prefer using a soft cloth to apply the wax.  But having a nice Annie Sloan paintbrush is worth every penny.  With the one quart of Provence paint I have painted a dresser, a piano and piano bench, and a large frame.  And I still have some left.  Crazy how far it goes.  I’m totally sold on it.  It ends up being way cheaper than any other paint I’ve used and I don’t get sick off the fumes any more.  Yay! 🙂
While I still think painting a piano is going a little too far… I’m really glad I did it.  Our piano no longer looks dark and dingy and unloved.
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  1. Olivia Heilmann says:

    I think it is GORGEOUS!

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