Flashback Friday: A Painted Piano that Pops

Hello and welcome to Flashback Friday!  This is a weekly series that highlights a painted piece of furniture from the past!  Today's feature is a.....


In summer 2016 this piano was painted in a classic white, and distressed in all the right places! The added pop of color makes it a treat for the eyes! 

Chapter 1:  The dilemma

Kate (not me, a friend named Kate!)  had a vision for her piano.  She bought white chalk paint and began painting.   While painting, Kate came to the realization that her piano wasn't taking shape the way she hoped.  What did she do?  She stopped painting, and then she called me.

Here is the picture Kate sent me of her piano: 

Here is what she had to say about it:

"I started painting it with white chalk paint. The problem is....I didn't finish, and I don't have an eye for detail work. I didn't put the wax finish on it because the paint doesn't look quite right." 

Chapter 2: Accepting the challenge

It was time for a home consultation.  I needed to get a look at that piano, pronto! Kate stated, "If i'm honest with myself I know I probably won't get back to it.  I just don't have the patience for it."   I knew I could help.....

Kate asked me to paint it for her.  And then, something really marvelous happened. Kate sent me a text:  "Kate! I've got a challenge to add to the piano." Her text included this photo below, accompanied by this question:

"Can you do a pattern like this?"

Now, I'll admit, this pattern was intimidating....but I love a challenge.  I answered,  "Love that. Yes Kate. Pretty sure I can do that!"  

Chapter 3:  Planning

I had my work cut out for me!  I started by sketching different designs, to get a feel for this particular geometric pattern.....

Then it was time to talk color.  I brought samples to Kate's house, and she chose an amazing combination of 5 colors including "Lakeshore", "Hot Pink", "Aquarium", "Silver", and "Rejuvenate". I took measurements of the area on the piano, so that I could figure out the design mathematically, and create a symmetrical and eye-pleasing arrangement. We were getting closer. 

Chapter 4: Math and pianos

My least and most favorite things: Math and Pianos.   For this pattern to come to fruition, math was my friend (okay okay, so maybe math really does apply to everyday life).  Knowing the height and width of the space allowed me to determine number of columns, squares, and square size.  I decided to made a sketch of the design to scale....

Aside from the math part, sipping on my coffee and coloring this design was quite relaxing and enjoyable.  

Chapter 5: Let's get this piano painting party started

A few days later, I began the job.  The white paint came first. Then sanding. Lots of sanding! After measurements, and meticulous placement of painter's tape, the painting followed. 

Chapter 6: Wet paint, and painter's tape, and wet paint oh my!

With all good things come challenges.   Painted triangles had to dry before painting neighboring triangles.  This had to happen because painter's had to be applied to a dry area, in order to paint another area "next door".  I staggered the painting, always looking for areas that could be painted without bothering other neighboring areas that were still drying.  

And so on and so forth...... 

Chapter 7: The final countdown

Slowly but surely, the piano came together!  The colors couldn't have been more striking....


Do you have a piece of furniture in your home that has the potential to POP? Turn a traditional piece into art for your home!   Think about adding something creatively unexpected to your home. 

I invite you to post a picture of your piece of furniture on Novo Decor's Facebook Page!!!!  Let's brainstorm ideas together!!