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How to Paint a Piano

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I’ve been hinting for over a year now that I wanted to paint our piano. Remember when I was gifted a piano by my former boss? When I shared the piano with you all I mentioned I was thinking abut painting it. At the time, I had a house to finish, so piano-painting took a backseat—like way back. But now that we are finally moved in to our new place (pics coming soon, promise!) I decided painting the piano was going to be my very first DIY in our new home. Entering with a bang and all. 🙂 Check it out!


Let me rewind though. When I thought about the perfect medium to use to paint the piano, I had no doubt in my mind I wanted to use Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan. Luckily for me, they agreed and provided me with all the supplies I needed to make my piano-painting dreams come true.

Originally, I was going to paint the piano yellow. Chalk Paint® comes in this amazing color,  English Yellow that I really wanted to try. However, the more I thought of it, the more unsure I was that a cheery, bright yellow piano would fit the character of our new house. After brainstorming and thinking things through, I did a last minute switch up and went with this gorgeous green color, Antibes Green. I didn’t really want a bright green piano either, so I decided to do a custom mix of the green and another favorite Chalk Paint® color—Old White.

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I really wanted a minty color that fit the color scheme I’m dreaming up for our new home. Since this is going to be such a statement piece in our home, Scott and I tackled this one together as a team. Pretty excited to share that I think we nailed it!

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I ended up using a ratio of 3 parts Old White to 1 part Antibes Green. It’s the most beautiful color!

One of my favorite things about Chalk Paint® is that there is NO prep required! No sanding, no primer, just instant gratification and color. I used the Annie Sloan Wax Brush to paint—it’s the perfect shape for both paint and wax. I love how the pointed tip gets into all the small nooks and crannies!

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After one coat the piano was looking a bit streaky, but I had a feeling a second coat would take care of that.

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And it did! Isn’t it beautiful? Ready to dive in and complete a painting project of your own? To find your local Chalk Paint® Stockist, you can use their Stockist Locator. Let the fun begin!

I am kind of obsessed with our piano. It was a big risk but totally paid off! I can’t wait to share with you all the room it’s going to go in—we’re calling it the library and we will be all fancy in there with our books and piano, but right now that room is filled with boxes. Boo!
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Of course no piano is complete without a Jane Austen book or two. 🙂

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What do you all think? Would you ever paint your piano? DO IT! 🙂 It’s fun!

This post is sponsored by my friends at Annie Sloan Unfolded. I only work with companies I truly love, so please check them out! 🙂

Edit- we painted the walls white and the piano looks even more lovely (and mint!)! Here’s an updated shot.


Okay, I am super inspired! I totally want to paint my piano now! This makeover turned out so great, looks easy and I am obsessed with the mint color!

Photo of Tania Griffis, owner of Run to Radiance
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Tania Griffis is an accomplished writer, blogger, and interior designer with a Journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She started her popular blog, Run to Radiance, in 2011, demonstrating her design expertise through the personal remodeling of six houses to millions of readers across the globe.

Tania also owns The Creative Wheelhouse, a respected ghostwriting agency for bloggers, further showcasing her talent for creating engaging and informative content.

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  1. How delightful! You chose a really pleasant color, yellow is nice but I think you hit the nail on its head with this color selection.!

  2. Looks awesome! Was just talking to a friend this morning who used a very similar color (Chalk paint also) to refinish furniture this past weekend! I love the color you chose!

  3. You are so talented! I can’t wait to come over to your house and give you some piano playing tips. <3 your sis :)))

  4. Oh, that is so awesome! So many things now come to mind that would be so nice painted! haha. I really love how it fits the ’50s vibe and with the bright pastel and your books on top…..just piano perfection 🙂

  5. Oh my, this looks amazing!! I desperately want a piano, but we don’t have anywhere to put it in our current house. In our next one though, I will definitely have one. And I WILL paint it 🙂

  6. What a fun way to start decorating a new home! That shade of green is just so cheerful. I love that it’s not as in-your-face as yellow would be, though.

  7. I don’t own a piano and I don’t even know how to play a piano but I saw this project on the link party and had to come tell you how awesome it looks! I love the mint color; it’s so fresh and bright! Almost makes me want a piano just for a decoration 😉

  8. I saw your link at multiple linky parties this week and finally I just had to press the link. What a beautiful mint green custom color mix (I have those colors and will be playing with them now after seeing this). It looks stunning on your piano!

  9. I’m in serious love with your piano! Like want to divorce my husband and merry it, love! So so cute! I’ve been itching to paint mine, just haven’t found the courage (or time.) The mint green was a perfect choice! Nice work!

  10. I don’t know if I could ever paint my piano, but I love how yours turned out! It is the perfect color for your space! Thanks so much for linking up to The Handmade Hangout. I’ll be featuring you on my blog when the new linky goes live today at 6pm ET. I hope you’ll stop by and link up again!

  11. I love what you did here! I am wanting to paint my baby grand and you’ve just inspired me to do it! After your two coats of the chalk paint, did you do the wax or a sealer as well? Just wondered how to ensure it holds up and doesn’t chip with normal use of the piano. Thanks and I love what you’ve done!

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