I had a hard time wondering if I should do this or not. Painting an instrument is almost sacrilege, but then I had to take a look at most instruments: which appreciate over time and use.
Pianos on the other hand, DO NOT. They depreciate. The more they are moved the more they are damaged. The most they sit unused, the more they depreciate. The more shifting, etc. And MY piano has been in MORE states than most people.
So…I decided to give it a go.
I used Amy Howard ‘at home’ paint in white…everything in my house is white, and most white pianos look great. In fact, it brightened up the room once I was able to have it completed. Not to mention, I had a hard time imagining pink or green or orange, so I tried to pick a color that seemed somewhat normal.
I also like the farmhouse look, so white made sense.
The paint itself is thick, heavy, and doesn’t need a primer. It does need a steady, one direction hand however. You can see brush marks no matter how thick or thin you go, so keep in mind the better the brush the better the job.
Over all, the paint has a nice dry satin feel, not a chalky finish despite touting itself as a ‘chalk’ paint. It’s not, but I do enjoy the paint. I cannot justify the paint usage on something less significant because it is a little pricey, but for the piano, I was willing.
Remove as much as you can with knowledge…if you don’t know how to take apart the keys, don’t…you’ll just ruin the playing of the piano, but go the extra mile to be slow, patient, and tape what you can so you don’t drip.