Musical Blasphemy or Design Genius?

9 Aug

For quite a while, I’ve been toying with an idea.  Depending on the day, I could be on either side of the fence.

Painting a piano… is it musical blasphemy or design genius?

Today I’m on the “paint it” side of the fence.  Meet my piano:

I grew up with this piano.  It has stories.  Stories that include being doused with Sprite while partying like it was 1999 (when it turned 1999).  Prior to my parents owning the piano, it was my grandmothers.  It is not, however, a precious antique.  The plastic keys are chipped, the finish could use help in some spots, and the bench has been repaired several times.  The sentiment with the piano far exceeds it’s value, so I’ve been considering making it more of a focal point.  with paint.

I dream about this piano from Design Mom.  That green is

Shabby chic normally gets glares from me, but Lisa from The Pennington Point just hit the nail on the head with her blue piano.

Yellow? Yes, please.  Bridget at Bake at 350 certainly knows how to treat a $99 thrift store piano right.

Turquoise piano AND a plate wall? OK! (Check out the room in more detail at Addicted 2 Decorating)

Yup, definitely on the “paint it” side today, especially after looking at those pianos again.  I think a bright color would bring out the art deco lines of my piano and make it feel more special.  Of course getting it tuned more than once every 3 years would probably make it feel special, but we really don’t want to spoil it too much.  No one likes a pampered piano.  Am I right?

So which side of the fence are you on?


9 Responses to “Musical Blasphemy or Design Genius?”

  1. Lisa~ 08.09.2012 at 9:10 am #

    I tell ya….I have never regretted painting my piano! Before I did it I would look over at it and feel like it kind of drained the energy from the room. Now it’s full of life and really perks up the corner.

    I say PAINT! You are so right….it would really bring out the lines. And thanks for not glaring at me. LOL! Lisa~

  2. Sarah Peterson 08.09.2012 at 9:19 am #

    Definitely paint it! And then find a blue french horn to go with it. 🙂

  3. Alex @ northofseven 08.09.2012 at 9:44 am #

    I am usually of the camp of “don’t paint an antique” but those pianos are fabulous! I understand the dilemna. If it isn’t a classic that you would fear would ruin it’s value, go paint. That kelly green one is so cool!

  4. Christina @ Little Victorian 08.09.2012 at 10:06 am #

    I LOVE painted pianos. I have actually been wanting to get a piano from the thrift store just so I can paint it and put it in our living room.

    • vintageviolet 08.09.2012 at 10:07 am #

      You should check out Craigslist. I’ve seen several free pianos in the past that just needed a good clean up and tune.

  5. Jen 08.09.2012 at 11:03 am #

    Oy, I see your dilemma! I devoted my life to piano for ten years, and I can’t imagine painting the Wurlitzer I played as a child. But I’m still pro-paint, especially if you’re not playing it often. Those painted pianos are so lively. I bet they’re played more often now that they look so FUN. And I don’t see any sheet music up there currently, so… 😉

    • vintageviolet 08.09.2012 at 11:11 am #

      I did take piano as a child, but never really excelled (there is sheet music in the bench though!), flute ended up being my music love. Hubby is the music genius in this family – he just sits down and composes amazing concertos. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him play from sheet music- all his music lives in his head, its remarkable! (Since he’s the one who uses it, its his job to get it tuned….lol)

  6. Mary Ann Ellis 08.09.2012 at 8:15 pm #

    In the begining I was horrified that you would actually paint that beauiful old piano but after looking at the painted ones I kind of like it. I like the blue best.

  7. Revival Girl 08.10.2012 at 9:32 am #

    PAINT….PAINT…PAINT!!! Music is about expression, after all! All of those colourful pianos put a huge smile on my face 🙂

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