Tuesday, March 12, 2013

My Painted Piano With Subway Art Bench


It all started when my grandpa gave us Christmas money shortly after we were married with the instructions that it was to be used for a piano.  I had taken years of lessons and I guess he didn't want to see that go to waste.  Well uhhh.... possibly too late for that! : /
And now we know who to thank for my whopping height of 4'10"!!
Thanks, Grandpa.  Good things are supposed to come in small packages, so we'll just hold to that.
So I've toyed for a few years with painting the piano, but several people really frowned on the idea when I brought it up.  Not that that's ever stopped me before.  But then it was just so tempting for my little boys to start peeling and picking at the loose veneer on the bench and soon you couldn't sit on it without getting a sliver where the sun don't shine.

So I gave Tobin the job of removing the rest of the veneer.  It was some stubborn stuff, and even I couldn't get it all without doing some big time gouging.  

My quick-fix was to recover a big ole' piano bench cushion, but I never did finish that project...
 as you can see:
Yes that's a sriped sweater with flannel checked pants.
 Don't judge my amazing fashion statements.

In January, my parents were down in Texas doing some missionary work.  She called me just hours after I told her I wanted to paint my piano a deep muddy turquoise and said she was in a flea market and found a mistint of paint for super cheap in what she was pretty sure the exact color I described.  
Well whaddya know! 
 Then, just a few days ago, my super delightful friend Sarah came to visit with her darling little Jailyn.  We had about an hour before she had to go pick her other daughter up from school when she says "Hey, got any projects I could help you on?"  Well shucks, I've got some paint sitting upstairs just waiting to go on the piano... and in typical Sarah fashion, she jumps up and says "let's do it!"  
Having three little ones may have been a bit of a mistake,
 but actually paint comes off of laminate flooring very easily.  Even after it's dry.
So now I can't put off the dratted piano bench any longer.
I remember from waaaay back when, Turnstyle Vogue did a tutorial on how to easily remove the stuff with an iron.  I would have ran right to her blog and read the tutorial, but the new satellite internet service that I'm about to chuck to Timbucktoo was down AGAIN.
I ran a cloth diaper under hot water and rung it out well.
Then I laid it over top the stubborn veneer and ironed it on high heat.  
Check it!  It came off like a charm.  Woot woot!!!!
 So next on the agenda was to paint the top of the bench in a herringbone pattern.  Wow.  That looked like it might actually take some skill.  I ain't got time for skill.  Let's stencil some typography!  Musical words are fun.  I starting stenciling them as they came to my mind.


These are all the letter stencils I used.
  Four different sizes, all bought at Wal Mart, I believe.

If you can find the word I accidently put on there twice, 
you win the prize! ;)



Of course I had to take some sand paper to the edges for a little distressing.  My hubby thinks pretty soon every piece of furniture is going to be "shabby chic" in our house.  He might be right...


This little label was a slight concern, I didn't want to paint over it of course, and it looked really ridiculous when I just taped it off.  I dug through my stencils and found this little border from a "thank you" stencil.  I love how it turned out!!


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Linking here and here:

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53 comments:

  1. It's always important to have lots of 'tempo' don't worry! This is beautiful, my husband really wants a piano when we have our own home, and I really want to paint that piano!

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  2. I love it! I think painting the piano is a wonderful idea! I don't know why so many people freak out about it! The color is perfect.
    Susan
    SunflowerHugs

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  3. Oh wow, your piano is stunning and I love what you did with the bench!

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  4. OMG Kammy - that is absolutely stunning - what a beautiful statement piece!!!
    And the subway art on the bench is just genious
    ( is your head growing yet? be careful - at 4 foot 10 you'll look completely out of proportion with a gigantic head )
    XOX

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  5. Looks beautiful! I love the color.

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  6. I too noticed tempo but can give you an out as i'm pretty sure that the 2 tempos can be part of the word before/after it as a musical direction. No need to point out a mistake but make it look like it is exactly as you planned it! Talking of which I'm amazed you didn't plan the words on the stool precisely. I mean I probably wouldn't either but fear my attempt would not be so successful!

    Well done it all looks lovely!

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  7. You rocked it! I love how this turned out and the color is awesome.

    Vanessa

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  8. I love painted pianos!!!! And this blue is so beautiful. But I gotta tell you, you have way more patience then to complete that bench!

    Kim@reposhture.blogspot.com

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  9. This is one of the best projects I've ever seen in blogland!!! No lie!! I really do love it. My grandmother had an old upright piano like yours, but it went to the granddaughter-in-law who doesn't even play! (no resentment in my voice, right?) We love her anyway. Ahem.

    Great job, and now I will be a new follower. (always sounds so Biblical)

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  10. I like it..and tempo is the word

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  11. I love it!! And such a pretty color. What a great idea to stencil on music words!

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  12. That border around the label= genious. It looks beautiful. I know some people hate the idea of painting over wood, but I think its all great, and it really updated the piano.

    Britt @ Creating Space for Five

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  13. My piano bench doesn't match my piano - so now I've got some ideas whirling around in my brain!!! It looks awesome!!! And of course I had to spend five minutes searching for tempo!!!

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  14. WOW this is just beautiful and LOVE the color and your stenciled bench is fabulous!!!!!

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  15. The piano looks amazing!! I have an old piano that I've been wanting to try this on but haven't gotten the nerve yet!!! Your post just may be that little push I needed. Thanks--great job!

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  16. It is absolutely beautiful, Kammy! And I LOVE the bench!!!! Gorgeous!!!!

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  17. This is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I wish I had a piano and bench like this to paint!!!

    -andi

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  18. I don't even play but I want yours! LOVE it!!

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  19. I love the color. Great job.

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  20. Love your piano and bench! Your helpers are pretty cute too!
    Susan

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  21. I just found your blog and love love love this makeover. The blue is gorgeous and the piano stool is an amazing idea. I have always wanted a piano and have also wanted to play, but can't play either. great job, will be a regular follower. Tobey

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  22. Very brave. I also have an old Fisher upright. It sounds beautiful but looks hideous in it's dark walnut. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  23. Very brave. I also have an old Fisher upright. It sounds beautiful but looks hideous in it's dark walnut. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  24. Newest follower here! I found you through the blog hop. You have a super cute blog, I can't wait to read more. You can find me at meandmr.com

    -Melanie @meandmr.com

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  25. Wow!Wow!Wow! That's all I can say!
    Cute little helper!

    Have a nice weekend, Dina

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  26. Wow! Your piano looks awesome! I love the color and the bench is super cute.

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  27. That piano bench is so cool Kammy! I'm featuring it this week in the PoPP Spotlight. Thanks for linking up!

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  28. Such a great idea. Love the bench! Great job!

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  29. I've been dying to paint my piano...thanks for the , push, I love your color :)

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  30. Did you say there was an hour to spare and you started the piano painting project? You didn't paint it in an hour, did you? It looks great! My daughter has a piano she's talked about painting and I'm going to send her a link to your post for more inspiration.

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  31. What I'd you use the plaster for? Nice!

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  32. Kammy!! I love the color! oh my, it's perfect! great job on the bench. catching you!
    gail

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  33. This is probably the best remake of a bench I have ever seen. It is so cool. I love the painted piano as well. Great project!

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  34. Simply Gorgeous! I am pinning this awesome stool.

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  35. Love the color you chose! I hope one day I'll have the courage to paint mine.
    I understand about all the objections! With all those sweet little helpers, though, who could object?
    It's wonderful.
    Happy Easter!

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  36. This looks so perfect for your home. LOve the subway art, really makes it your own!

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  37. This is gorgeous. I love how your kids helped out! My boys love helping too. I love the color and the piano bench came out great too. Looks perfect in your home. I'd love you to share it at my link party if you get a chance: http://www.findingsilverpennies.com/2013/03/silver-pennies-sundays-link-party_31.html

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  38. Hi there Kammy! This piano is fabulous, you did such a great job on it and what a sweetie and kiddos helping you out. I am looking for some project inspiration of my own and would love it if you could link this up to my Tuesday Bluesday Link Party over at Curb Alert! It would be a great kickstart to my party. Thanks for the inspiration! http://tamicurbalert.blogspot.com/2013/04/bluesday-tuesday-link-party-starting.html
    Tami @ Curb Alert!

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  39. The piano and bench turned out beautiful! I love the colors in the room. I featured this post at Simply creations link party tonight! Thank you for sharing!

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  40. Oh my goodness! It looks amazing!! I so need to paint my piano. It's so sad. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. It goes live at 8am CDT on Monday. Here's the link if you want to check it out. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  41. Do I get a prize for the word that is misspelled? ;)

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  42. Do I get a prize for the word that is misspelled? :)

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  43. Came here from Better After. GORGEOUS! I also have a dark piano in dire need of painting, and am just wondering -- did you sand first? Take it apart at all? I've been too nervous to paint; it just seemed daunting, especially with sanding and worrying about the dust getting into the keys, etc.

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  44. Very lovely. You may have a few Mozarts in the making with such an inviting piano.

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  45. Tempo is listed twice...i love it all the same though!

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  46. Kammy you are so stinkin cute! I LOVE the color you painted the piano it looks amazing! And the bench is so awesome! I can't believe you stenciled all those words and kept them so straight! Mine would have been so crooked! It is awesome! And thanks for your sweet comment on my blog too! Hugs!

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  47. Kammy, your piano looks AMAZZING!!! I've done subway stenciling and I know that crap is not easy. You did a great job, girl!!

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  48. What color did you use? Would love to paint my piano this color! It came out great!

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