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Finding Philothea Painting Our Piano White

Ever since we moved into our home this summer, we wanted to get a piano for our living room! There is a perfect spot for one against the wall, right in between our two built-in bookcases. In late August, Mike texted me that he found one (for free!) on the “letgo” app! He rented a U-Haul truck after work and with the help of a friend, transported it into our living room.

I loved the piano, but I wasn’t crazy about the color and how it looked in our living room. Then I came across this post from Bethany Menzel, a blogger I have been following for years! I loved the look of her white piano and decided to follow her tutorial!

What I did:

I went to the paint section in Lowe’s and asked for the cheapest interior eggshell white paint available. I got a gallon of Valspar Pro for twelve dollars. After reading Bethany’s tutorial, I decided not to sand the piano. A lot of people were saying that it could ruin the sound. I covered the surrounding floor in old sheets, taped down the keys, and started painting! It took six coats. I really love how it turned out!

What I’d do differently:

  • Purchase less paint – a quart instead of a gallon. Even with six coats, we have so much left over!
  • Take more time taping down and covering the keys.
  • Prime the piano before painting.
  • Use a small roller for the larger sections, in addition to the paintbrush.
  • Lacquer over the last coat of paint. (I can and may still do this!)

If you have any questions, let me know! Or if you know of a good piano tuner in the Buffalo area, let us know, too! Are you planning to paint your piano? We’d love to hear!

Finding Philothea Painting Our Piano White
Finding Philothea Painting Our Piano White
Finding Philothea Painting Our Piano White
Finding Philothea Painting Our Piano White
Finding Philothea Painting Our Piano White


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