I love the reward of the finished project-but the big reward in this project was getting to know this charming family as I updated their piano!
Katy received this piano as a gift. It played great but the surface was worn and needed and update. Looking at the other furniture in the room which was all wood, I felt like some wood needed to be left showing on the piano in order to tie it to the other wood furniture. The bench, made by a son in his high school woods class, was also lighter in color and needed to match. I really didn’t want to cover up the writing on the key cover. I began by gel staining the top, inside of the cover and the top of the bench. The piano was so dry, it took the stain well with just one coat. The bench took four coats. Gel stain isn’t hard to use but the 24 hour wait period between coats can seem daunting-especially when one is excited to get to the finished product!!
Katy trusted me on color choice! I chose Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint® for the great coverage and vintage feel as I planned to distress the piano a bit. I finished it by using the Clear Soft Wax. The gel stain was sealed with Artisan Enhancement Topcoat Sealer which I chose for the matte finish. I really like the final results!
Don’t you just love the contrast of the dark wood against the Old White?
Kati’s house is full of love and family. Kati, her husband and her children were all very welcoming and quite entertaining! I truly enjoyed getting to know them and updating this piano!