sm piano header

Painting a piano has been something I’ve wanted to check off of my DIY/(I’m so crazy for doing this) list!  I LOVE the look of painted pianos.  With my kids beginning piano, I wanted an inexpensive piano they could learn on until getting serious…someone has to play well in order to spend that kind of money:)

After pinning many Painted Pianos, I got up the courage, found one on the local classifieds and the rest is history!

The piano I found…well let’s say…was VERY loved…and used.  I honestly think the children must have hammered it or something…it looked as though it had been through a war!  But since it sounded well and had a cute shape to it…I could see the good in it.

Before & After…


sm piano before - Copy

sm piano after - Copy

sm piano bench


I had the piano delivered and had the movers place it on a drop cloth in my living room.

I needed to be able to paint this piano in my living room…using no stripper…primer…or spray paint.  The best option for this project was definitely Chalk Paint®.  I have been wanting to try out Chalk Paint®, decorative paint by Annie Sloan.  After looking into it and watching tutorials, I chose the Paris Grey Chalk Paint ® to get started.

sm piano 6 I was completely in awe of how well it covered….with using no stripper…without sanding…and using no primer!  I used a Purdy 2 1/2 inch brush to brush on the paint.

FYI…I only used 1/3 of the paint can on this piano (it goes a long way)!  I had to just use one coat!  It covered so well.  I was sure to tape around the keys and other parts before painting.  It only took an hour to get the Chalk Paint® on the piano.

sm piano 3

Look how well it covered…and so easy to paint… I would have had to do a gazillion coats using regular paint. 

sm piano 4

I loved how the Paris grey color turned out, but going into it I knew I wanted that metallic silver look.  This Modern Masters silver paint was AMAZING!  Truly Amazing!  It covered so well…just one good coat was all that was needed.  I just painted right over the Chalk Paint®.  I needed that base for the color tone of the piano and for the ease of painting with the metallic paint.  Once again only used 1/3 of the metallic paint!

sm piano 2

sm piano 10

I also followed Diane’s great tutorial to make a no sew piano bench cushion.  AND it was easy…so simple…just needed cute material, a drill, and hand staple gun.

sm piano 14 - Copy

I love how it turned out.  I added crystal knobs from Home Depot and that was the icing on the cake!

sm piano 11

I also used the Annie Sloan chalk paint in Duck Egg (Such a pretty blue color), to paint my Home Goods sunburst mirror.

sm piano 12

sm piano 5

I hope this inspires some of you who have wanted to take on this project!  You can do it!  You can do it!

sm piano 13 - Copy

Pin It
Share this Post...
Share on YummlyShare on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on StumbleUponTweet about this on Twitter


  1. That looks wonderful. That’s amazing that it was so easy, only one coat of each paint. I want to try that chalk paint too. Thanks for sharing.

  2. WOW-ee!!! This is amazing! I absolutely love this so much! I want to paint my piano a bright color but after seeing this….maybe silver is the way to go! My walls are gray though…..

  3. Jamie! That is awesome! I am super jealous of the piano style pre-painted…its a great beginner piano and the paint job is great!

    One tip for future do-it-yourself-ers : BE CAREFUL when moving it. It doesn’t matter what a piano looks like on the outside, but if you crack the sound board, consider it finished.

  4. You are so BRAVE!!!! to paint your PIANO!!!! I don’t think I would have the courage to do that!

    I would like, however, to paint our china cabinet. I don’t have time to strip or sand nor do I have space to spray paint. I want to paint it while it is in the house (it’s too big to move). Do you think the Annie Sloan chalk paint would work?

    Oh, gosh! I just saw you can use the paint on your kitchen cabinets! Holy moly!

    Also, thanks for the link to the piano bench cushion tutorial. Now THAT is something I can do to our piano so it isn’t brown, brown, and more brown. :)

  5. […] like it’s the last room I think about but it is the first room a guest sees.  Since adding a piano to that space, I’m happy to say that this room is much more welcoming…and used!  When […]

  6. I love your blog so much I shared it with my followers on my teaching blog (I hope that’s okay). Here’s a link so you can check it out. Thanks so much for sharing your lives with us. I love getting inspired from all you cute gals!

  7. […] Via The Crafting Chicks […]

  8. I love your funky silver piano! How fun! And I adore the painted mirror.

  9. It’s beautiful! I’d like to try doing that on a piece of furniture. One question I have is about the Modern Masters paint. I looked on their website and they have so many silver colors; which “silver” did you use? Thanks!

  10. This is beautiful! And I love how you decorate everything surrounded the piano. I’m just curious though, where did you get the white jar/container on the right side of the piano?

  11. […] Silver Piano Makeover from The Crafting Chicks […]

  12. the piano is now stunning great job on this transformation

  13. Thanks for the tutorial. I painted my older piano and made a bench seat as well. I ended up using a primer though because I bought Chalkboard paint by mistake instead of Chalk Paint. The metallic paint worked beautifully even though it does show brush/roller marks a little.

  14. katherine Says: June 11, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Thank you so much for posting this and telling us what you did and didn’t do and with what materials. I too cannot use a sander, primer nor spray paint..and nor am I going to dis assemble the piano.. SO glad there is a very good result without having do all those steps.

  15. […] Colored chalk paint is huge right now.  Jamie over at The Crafting Chicks created this fabulous chalk painted sunburst mirror (she used it on the silver piano as well). […]

  16. Where can you buy chalk paint and also the metallic paint. I live in Davis County too! :) Love how your piano turned out!!! I just might give it a try!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *