My courage to go for it came from a blog I love, Centsational Girl. Here is her post about painting a piano white and her photo that was my inspiration.
Like hers, my piano is older but not an antique. A friend gave it to me when she upgraded to a nicer piano. Frankly, I've thought mine was ugly forever and have had this picture in my inspiration file for ages.
Here's my piano before. You can see it's pretty dinged up, not an antique and not a family heirloom; a perfect piece to paint!
AS Chalk Paint was the best option for a couple of reasons, since I couldn't move the piano outside it was great that I didn't have to sand it first, and also that the paint has almost no odor.
Let's face it, no matter what you're painting, being able to skip the sanding is beautiful. It feels like cheating, but in this case, it works. I was also worried about getting the dust from sanding inside the piano...so that's a legitimate not lazy reason to choose chalk paint.
Here is a good little trick for when you are in the middle of painting and need to go get kids from school or something. If you don't want to wash your brush and you don't want it to dry out, try wrapping it in a sandwich bag until you get back.
Okay, so here is the piano after one coat of paint. I used "Old White."
And here is is all done.
Marc is working on that huge picture of the Oakland LDS Temple. I'm not sure it will end up hanging there after he's finished-it kind of makes that corner look like it should be in a church-but I like it there for now because it keeps it out of the way when he's not working on it.
ALSO, can you believe I scored that frame at a garage sale for ten bucks? Yay me. Any paint projects going on at your place?
(A tiny post edit for the couple of people who have asked, this took less than one quart of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I had maybe a cup left at the end.)