Piano Stripes

After updating my piano bench, it was time to move the paint brushes over to the big boy himself. I wasn’t ready to pull the trigger on painting the entire piano, so I just picked a few horizontal planes to paint Colonial Red.

See how well it ties in with the bench? I like it! The red stripes give it a modern touch, while still keeping the rustic feel the piano started out with. Which was this:

Beat up and boring. Now it has a little more spice in its life!

Does anybody know if you can bleach piano keys? The ivory is looking pretty worn. And I still have no idea what that plug wrapped around the leg does. I’ve never actually looked into it. Maybe I should figure it out. My piano may light up or something! Or it could do nothing. Who knows?

I really love the look of painted pianos, so one day I may still consider going balls-to-the-wall and giving the whole thing a glossy red finish. Or I’ll get sick of the red and strip the paint off. The good thing about the stripes is, it’ll be easy to go either way. I can enjoy the fun look now, and still have options open for its future! Best of both worlds!

13 thoughts on “Piano Stripes

  1. I love the red stripes! Although, if I were in your shoes, I would leave the keys alone (but only because I LOVE the look and feel of old, genuine ivory keys!)

    1. I think I should take your advice and just leave them alone. I haven’t done any research yet to try and find out how old it is, but I do love the idea of the keys being worn from so much use. Maybe the ghosts of fingers past will help mine play better πŸ˜‰

  2. I have a piano that I have seriously thought about painting. I just can not seem to work up the nerve to do it. Yours look great!

  3. I love it! πŸ™‚ the red makes it pop and draws your eyes to it… and it still looks rustic, like you said. πŸ™‚ love it! πŸ™‚

  4. wow! The subtle stripes add sooooo much! Who would’a thought! Nice!

      1. I never even thought of that! But now that I’m thinking about it, my mom did have to water our piano when we were younger. I used to think it was so strange.

  5. I’ve heard that painting a piano will change its sound, but I don’t have a personal experience to share. Might be something to research if you do decide to paint the whole thing.

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