As you may have seen across our social media pages, we are in the midst of an exciting move! I can’t wait to get settled into our new home and share the process with you, but in the meantime wanted to highlight a DIY project from a few years ago. Since most of us are spending a lot of time inside these days, I can’t think of a better way to spend some downtime than creating something beautiful for your home with your own two hands! If you have a vintage or previously loved piano in your home that needs a makeover, this project is for you!
I always envisioned having a white piano in my home, but they tend to be rare finds that can be on the pricier side. Facebook Marketplace to the rescue! I love using it for local furniture finds that don’t break the bank. I snagged this piano for $50, and now my family uses it every day! If you don’t come across a piano on Facebook Marketplace and don’t have one laying around, your local thrift store may have one at a reasonable price, or you could help a loved one complete this transformation on theirs.
I love to see the shiplap style on walls, backsplash, steps, and pretty much everything, so why wouldn’t it look just as amazing on a piano? I have seen one piano with shiplap on the front below the keys, but not on the sides as I envisioned. I took to Pinterest, but nothing popped up, so I decided to create the first shiplap piano on the internet! Here’s how…
1. Lightly sand the piano using an electric sander or thin sandpaper.
2. Use a concentrated liquid TSP substitute to remove any grease and grime from the piano. This can be found at Lowe’s or Home Depot. Mix 8 ounces with a gallon of water, roughly wash the piece off with this and let it dry before you paint it.
3. Take 15 x 32-inch plywood to fit the sides and front of the piano. You can use a carpenter’s glue. Add nickel in between each piece of plywood for spacing to create the shiplap look.
Look at that transformation! I am beyond happy with how this piece turned out, and now it’s a staple for my home. Maybe this will inspire you to breathe new light into a pre-owned piece with a bit of time, elbow grease, and love!