I haven’t found anything yet that I positively would not paint. So I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear me say, ‘Yes, you CAN paint a piano!’
A piano may seem like a huge, daunting task. And if you take the whole thing apart and paint each piece and put it all back together, then, yes I would think that a huge, daunting task.
But if you just want the piano to have a better look, and it isn’t an expensive heirloom piece, it really isn’t that huge or daunting a task to paint a piano.
Before – orange oak. I taped off the pedals and the wheals and the hardware on the key cover. I taped paper over the keys but I wouldn’t use paper again. The paint that gets on the paper as you paint the wood beside the paper, sticks to the paper as it dries, and the paper then wants to stick to the wood. I’d figure something else out next time!
This piano belongs to a friend, and I went to her house to paint it. They had moved the piano out from the wall and set it on a drop cloth. After the paint was dry they moved it back in place. If your piano is too heavy to move, simply tuck some drop cloth pieces under the edges and paint it right where it sits. That is what I did with this piano that I painted a couple years ago.
3 coats of paint – all on the same day. I waited till the first coat was dry and then added another coat. I got along fine with this project painting the next coat as soon as the first was dry. Climate and humidity will make a difference on how quickly you can add a coat to your project.
I did put a topcoat on this piece too.
I recommend Paint Couture brand furniture paint and their topcoat for a finish. Their topcoat is a lacquer and is the best finish I’ve ever seen. It’s clear, water based, washes out with soap and water, and cures out so hard and durable!
So you see? You CAN paint a piano! I’ve done it twice now.