I did a thing! Actually, I did two things, one was bolder 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 have a painted piano, it’s 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.
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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
Today I wanted to discuss a new-to-me paint. This is my opinion of Rust-Oleum’s pre-mixed milk paint. The process of using milk paint is fairly simple. The tricky part is gaining up the nerve to go for it. Just remember you want light and thin coats. Even if it takes you 7+ coats of paint. Globbing it on is sure to leave drips and streaks and ruin your furniture’s look. After having finally gained the nerve to paint my piano, here is what I thought about the product.
How to paint your piano
First, tape off any metal that can’t be removed. Also, tape off around the keys. I opened up the keyboard and first painted with it open. I then went back and closed the lid and finished painting. Second, don’t forget to shake up your paint really well. Milk paint is created using minerals which easily separate and settle at the bottom. Finally, just go for it already! I used a combination of brush and roller, rolling any large flat areas and then using the brush for the more detailed areas. I love the look of brush strokes and think it gives a piece a real vintage appeal.
The Pros of Rust-Oleum’s Milk 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.
The Cons of Rust-Oleum’s Milk Paint
There are hardly any con’s. I mean I truly loved the end result. If I were to be picky and pick something, it would be that this paint is 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 happen as easily. After seven coats, I finally had it covered. Looking back, I should have used a bonding agent like this one, which helps milk paint to adhere to finished products. Next time I’ll know, and you can learn from my mistakes.
Having tested Rust-Oleum’s Chalk Paint and Milk Paint, I’m a fan of both. Milk Paint is certainly a great paint for a more delicate piece of furniture. It does take some patience, but the end result is much worth it. 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. If you want to see exactly how I create that look, check out this tutorial here.
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 one-year-old. It’s just giving it character. Check out how I decorated the piano for fall here.
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