Piano Makeover

The stylish update we gave to a family heirloom piano is music to our ears.

Piano Makeover

The stylish update we gave to a family heirloom piano is music to our ears.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials
Piano
(2) piano legs (optional)
Ratchet (optional)
(2) 3/8" durable-ended screws
Slotted screwdriver
Mask
Gloves
Sander
120-grit sand disc
Sanding blocks
Rag
Paint in desired color
Paint roller
Medium and large paintbrushes
Painter’s tape
Drill
Screwdriver
Japanese decorative tape
Scissors

    Steps

    Note: If your piano already has legs or you don’t want to add legs, skip steps 3 through 5.

  1. Sand the piano and music stand. Do not sand the top, center or bottom face of the piano

  2. Note: See the areas highlighted in red in the photo below to see which areas not to sand.



  3. Dip a rag in soapy water and clean the piano
  4. Measure 1" from each edge of the underside corner of the piano, and mark where both measurements meet. This can also be done by adding painter’s tape to mark where the measurements meet
  5. Drill upwards into the mark. Then add a 3/8" durable-ended screw into the hole, and tighten it with a ratchet until the nut is flush with the piano


  6. Place the piano leg onto the screw, and screw it into place. Repeat steps 3 through 5 for the piano leg on the opposite side
  7. Paint the piano trim, including the legs and music stand, with the desired color. Do not paint the areas of the piano that weren’t sanded earlier. Allow to dry for 1 hour

  8. Cover the black keys in Japanese decorative tape

Designer Tip: Mix and match decorative tape to create the design you prefer.