Thanks for stopping by friends! I am SO excited to finally be sharing our simple piano makeover using Jolie Paint and wax!
My mom plays piano, and one of my biggest regrets was not learning how to play myself. Our boys have shown so much interest in music and especially the piano ever since they could pull themselves up to reach the keys at church, so we began looking for one for our own home that we could start using for lessons.
I could not believe the number of pianos we found on Facebook marketplace for FREE. It was unreal! We didn’t pay anything for ours, my husband just had to go and pick it up. I had never painted a piano before this one, so I thought I would share the process with you all and what I learned along the way.
I am so excited to be working with Jolie Paint for this project, you can learn more about their amazing products here.
What I love most about this paint is the fact that it’s water based and non-toxic. There were no smelly fumes while applying this product! I’ll share more of my thoughts on Jolie throughout the rest of this post.
Let’s get started! Here’s what I did –
Jolie Paint provided the paint, wax and brushes used for this makeover. This post is not sponsored, all opinions are my own. For my full disclosure, click here.
Simple Piano Makeover using Jolie Paint and Wax Step 1 – Clean and Prep your Surface
I cleaned my piano using a damp cloth, making sure the surface was free of any dust or grime. The paint on the side of the piano are colors that I tested when we first got it home.
This piano was absolutely beautiful, but it was just a bit too orange for my taste. I also felt like the bench didn’t have the same character that the piano had, plus it was pretty damaged on top. I ended up switching it out for another bench – you’ll see what it looks like at the end of this post!
Thankfully for me, Jolie Paint adheres to any surface so there’s no need to sand. Like most other chalk paints, this is a huge plus.
I am a busy Mom with very little time to work on projects during the day, so skipping this step saved me so much time.
Now I will say that Jolie Paint is a premium paint and it’s definitely more on the expensive side. However, I only used about a quarter of the quart that they sent me to paint my entire piano. So while the price is high, the coverage is actually really amazing.
You can also make your own chalk paint, I shared the recipe I normally use here if you decide to go that route!
Simple Piano Makeover using Jolie Paint and Wax Step 2 – Paint
Once your piano is clean, it’s time to apply the paint. Try your best to apply a thin, even coat, checking for drips as you go.
Another thing I’ll say about Jolie – I really loved their brushes. The rounded paint brush was literally perfect for the curves of the piano, and the pointed wax brush worked so well for crevices and hard to reach areas.
I chose the color “Linen” by Jolie Paint, and I would describe the color as a darker gray with muddy undertones. It’s a beautiful color, and once our sunroom is repainted (right now it’s Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams) I really think the piano will pop!
My piano took two coats of paint, and on the second coat I especially tried to create smooth, even brush strokes. While I didn’t have to apply a third coat, I did end up going over a few areas a third time in order to cover some orange that was still showing through.
I painted my piano in sections, obviously some areas had to dry before I was able to move on to others. For example the fall board (that covers the keys) could not be painted until the key block and slip area (surrounding the keys) were dry, and I had to wait for the music rack to be dry before I could paint the areas underneath the lid.
In order to paint around the keys, I chose to use a small painter’s brush rather than using painter’s tape. You can see the whole process in the video I linked above! It was tedious work but honestly not that difficult.
Simple Piano Makeover using Jolie Paint and Wax Step 3 – Finishing Wax
Finally, I sealed my piano using clear wax. The wax gives the paint a protective top coat and helps to prevent scratches and marks. This particular wax by Jolie went on like butter…it was so smooth and easy to work with!
I just swirled my brush around the wax and applied it just like you would paint, working in small sections at a time. Any excess wax should be wiped off with a clean, lint free rag.
And that’s it! I am SO in love with the way this piano turned out!
The linen color is gray but it still feels warm to me.
I wasn’t loving the bench that came with the piano, so I decided to use an old piano bench (also free) that we used to have in our entryway. Do you recognize it? 🙂 I may end up painting it the same color to match, and stripping the seat down to the raw wood. What do you guys think I should do?
Be sure to check out the video I linked above to watch the whole transformation! I hope you enjoyed this post. Do you love the piano as much as I do? Let me know in the comments below!