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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Our Upcycled Piano using Rethunk Junk Paint


The power of paint! We recently acquired a piano from family who had planned to give theirs away. I have dreamed about having a piano in our home for a long time mainly because I would love for my kids to take lessons and for myself and my husband to not lose practice. Music is a big part of our lives so this seamlessly fits in and I'm so grateful for this gift. I'm not sure of the specs but I do know it's a Whitney by the brand Kimball. It needs a good tune up, but otherwise it was in great shape besides the wood being a little scratched up in places - nothing that couldn't be fixed!

Some people are adamantly opposed to painting any wood because it takes away the beauty of the natural wood grain, and then there are others who would paint anything. I tend to fall towards the "paint anything" category but as I've gotten older I do have a better understanding of the value certain pieces carry and how paint could diminish that value. I chose to paint this one because I know it will be with our family for a really long time. Additionally, I'm working on adding texture to our family room area and adding a pop of color to this piece really helped bring some more life to the room!

Overall, this was extremely easy to upcycle. It took around 3 hours and $31 for the paint; everything else I had on hand. My husbands aunt, who gave this piano to us, is a seamstress so she included fabric to cover the piano bench. These are the products I used:



Rethunk Junk Resin Paint - Color: Driftwood 
Rethunk Junk Resin Paint - Color: Cloud
Rethunk Junk Clean Prep Spray 



Roller Brush
50 mm Brush
3" Brush
1/2" Brush

Screwdriver
Staple Gun
Fabric for the seat

I could go on and on about how easy it is to upcycle furniture with Rethunk Junk paint. All you need is their prep spray and the color you want to use. There is no sanding, priming, or stripping and that is all I need to know to call it a favorite product. I used a 50 mm brush to paint the base coat and then finished with one top coat using a 3 inch brush. The roller brush was used on the top, sides, and front of the piano and the 1/2 inch brush was used for all of the tiny crevices. 

For the piano bench, I won't pretend to be an expert in the world of reupholstering, so I'll link the video I watched for reference. This tutorial was easy to follow along with but I'll admit that I did not take the original material off of my piano bench and just reupholstered over it and used a staple gun to attach the fabric. It was probably the most complicated aspect of the project but there are so many helpful videos on Youtube that give much better advice than I ever could!

For the knobs I ended up using some I already had on hand - I'll probably end up spray painting them in a brassy color sometime in the future. 

Here are some before and after pictures! This was such a fun project and I'm so happy to have a piece that's really pretty but will also be put to good use once we get it tuned. 









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