Chalk Painting a Piano Before and After

Finding an Old Piano to Repaint

Heather Grimsrud found an old piano on an online buy and sell group. She shared her experience and pictures with us about chalk painting a piano before and after.

Using the paint she purchased from American Paint Company retailer Dawn Interiors, she was able to turn the old, outdated piano into a modern piece that looks great in her home.

“I bought this piano from an online sale group for $50. It’s a 1930’s Wurlitzer Kurtzman upright piano. I play piano a little bit and I’ve been on the lookout for a nice piano for a few years now. It was a little beat up so I figured painting it would not only help revive it a bit but also make it a beautiful piece of furniture.”

Why use Clay, Chalk and Mineral Paint?

Latex based paint can require sanding, priming and extensive prep time.  But using a thicker clay based paint with chalk and natural minerals, you’ll discover it goes on quickly, covers great, and dries fast!

“I found American Paint Company chalk paint very easy to work with. It went on very smooth and dried very quickly. I was able to paint two coats of paint in one afternoon. I was also able to paint my entire piano with only one quart of paint. I was impressed at how a little goes a very long way with this paint. I even have some left over for touch ups if I need them in the future!”

Colors and Sealers Used to Paint the Piano

Although you can use multiple colors on any project, Heather decided to use just one color and go for the modern finish.  She chose a popular navy blue color from American Paint Company called Born on the 4th of July.

She sealed the piano with a mix of both Clear and Dark Vintage Antiquing Wax.  You can learn more about sealer options and how to apply them here.

Chalk Painting a Piano Before and After

Now it’s easier than ever to update your old, outdated furniture into something that will fit the style and decor in your home.

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  1. Love Born on the 4th on this piano! Looks great!

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