From Ho Hum to Gorgeous! Modern Masters Piano Makeover

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Paint can be a powerful ally when trying to force a beloved piece into a new design scheme. Modern Masters line of paint made it very easy for me to breathe new life into my sweet vintage piano. Check out how a few steps yielded this Modern Masters Piano Makeover!




Growing up – I loved watching old Hollywood movies, from the clever scripts to the glamorous set designs. I swooned when the actress would make her grand entrance into a well-lit room in a beautiful gown and glide over to an impeccably dressed gentleman who,of course, would be wooing the lovely lady with his piano skills. Then a full orchestra from out of nowhere would begin playing and the couple would jump up from the piano and begin to dance. I am telling you, those movies made a great impact on my dreams. I still get giddy when my favorite (I have hundreds, ha!) movie comes on TCM.

Time marches on and the idea of having a piano in my home stayed with me. One morning I read about a piano sale and felt the need to go and take a “look-see”.  The hubby had just gotten our tax return back and said if I could find  a piano for that exact amount… go for it.  So, armed with $795.00 and a good friend who is a gifted pianist, I set forth to find my piano.

Well, as you can guess, finding a piano for $795 was not easy. Just as we were about to give up, I noticed a little unassuming jewel back in the corner of the room. My friend grabbed a bench from another piano (the little piano didn’t come with a bench) and began to play.

The sound that came out of that little piano was absolutely beautiful. So much so, people gathered around. Once my friend finished playing, I asked the lady in charge how much did the little piano cost? She looked at me and said, “This little piano isn’t much of a piano, it has seen a lot of play time. Do you see the top? It’s damaged from irresponsible people.” I said, “I love the way this one sounds and I think she is lovely- how much would you take for her?” The lady looked at me and said “$795 tax and delivery included and I will throw in a bench – it won’t be the same color of wood but you will have a bench.” “SOLD, I said”.

Flash forward 10 years and the little 1920’s piano made its way to Texas. I faux painted the bench to match the worn finish on the piano. I had big hopes that one day I could refinish the piano and breathe new life into it.  Well my hopes have finally been realized and I have Modern Masters Paints to thank for that.


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My poor little ho-hum piano went from being overlooked to show stopper. Gone is the mildewed water ring. Gone is the faded finish!

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HELLO Gorgeous!

Modern Masters Paint Piano Makeover

I am in love with the Modern Masters product line. The color choices are phenomenal. For my 1920’s doll, I chose to go with Steel Gray.  I was going for sultry Jazz singer over Vegas show girl vibe. The process was simple and the results are amazing.

Here are the step by steps:


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I used a stripper solution to take off what was left of the old stain and varnish.

Then I used a 400 grit sandpaper to get a smooth finish. Notice the awful water stain? Even with the stripper and sanding… still there. It made the decision to paint even easier.




Time to prime! This is a VERY important step. I did two coats of primer and sanded in between dried coats.



I chose a Behr paint color called “Broadway” as my base coat.  I also lightly sanded in between these coats as well. I was really pushing for a smooth finish. *Please use a drop cloth when painting. I didn’t  because these floors will be replaced due to water damage. I also used painter’s tape to protect the brass hinge and foot pedals. 

And… I GOT IT!


I gave the ol’ girl three coats of the steel-gray semi opaque metallic finish. Seriously – how fabulous is this color?!?

Last step – the sealer

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A couple of coats of Modern Masters Sealer and she is ready for her debut!


I am so happy with the results! Imagine her when the room is complete….I just might have to dress in a ball gown. 😉

Till Later,

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Modern Masters sponsored this post through the use of their fabulous product. The opinions,thoughts and labor are all my own. 

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