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I did a thing!
Actually I did two things, one was more bold than the other. But the second thing is a conversation for another day. Today is all about that bold thing. The one thing I was totally excited and anxious to do and scared at the same time because it was so bold. I painted my piano mustard yellow! I know, gasp all you want, but I’m totally excited about the finished project. I had decided years ago that I wanted a painted piano. This piano was mine when I was young. I didn’t make it very far in learning to play, I mean I can key a mean Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, but the piano remained in my life. When we purchased our home, the piano made it’s way back to me. It’s been sitting quietly in our living room needing a little umph to give it a new life.
So I decided I wanted to just go for it and give it a bold pop of color. After working up the nerve to finally put brush to wood, I decided to use Milk Paint, since it is perfect for the more vintage wood pieces. I had the opportunity to test out Rust-Oleum’s new line of Milk Paint and here is my review of the product on my painted piano.
Milk Painted Piano Project
I could have taken this post and showed you step by step how I painted this piece using Milk Paint, but there are hundreds of those tutorials on Pinterest. I’ll let those guide you if you are wanting to tackle your own Milk Paint project. Today I wanted to give you my opinion on a new to me paint. This is how I think Rust-Oleum faired with this type of paint.
Rust-Oleum’s line of Milk Paint is not your typical powdered form Milk Paint. This comes pre-mixed in a can so that you have a better consistency in the mix. The color was bold and rich. And the finished product was a very beautiful matte paint, that I envisioned Milk Paint to be. I simply used a wax finish for the top part to help protect it from anything I might place on it. The paint was thin allowing it to get into all the detail work of the piano. I also loved the smooth finish the Milk Paint gave. I feel like the Milk Paint is more forgiving to brush strokes and feels less chalky as compared to its cousin the chalk paint.
This paint maybe because it’s not a true Milk Paint, was extremely thin. I was hoping with each coat of paint that it would build off each other to give it a nice thick and even paint job, but that didn’t really happen. It took seven coats to get it covered. I’m sure that if this piano had been sanded down to its natural state, then the paint may have adhered better. But that was one of the reasons I chose to use Milk Paint to avoid the sanding stage. I didn’t want the sanded wood to mess up the piano in any way.
Having tested Rust-Oleum’s Chalk Paint and Milk Paint, I like their Chalk Paint much more. This test has not shied me away from Milk Paint, I still love the look and feel of the product, but I would be much more inclined to use a truer powdered Milk Paint for any future projects. None the less, I’m completely happy with how the piano turned out. And that book wall, totally not my idea, but I’m loving how it came together here. I promise more details about the wall to come.
Have any of you used a pre-mixed Milk Paint before? I would love to hear your opinions.
UPDATE: The milk paint is still holding up well, minus a few dings from a crazy 11-month-old and his walker. It’s just giving it character. Check out how I decorated the piano for fall here.