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Our Painted Piano

Our kids have been taking piano lessons for about 6 months and have been practicing on a Keyboard since we didn’t own a piano. In November, I got thinking about a Christmas gift we could give our kids that would be something they would love. A Piano came to mind. They love to play the piano and there is nothing like listening to a real piano, it is just not the same on a keyboard. My neighbor had just bought an old piano so I got the number from they guy she bought hers from. I called him up and went and looked at what he had. I told him that I needed an upright that I can paint. He introduced me to this Baldwin.



It was perfect. Tom owns “Utah Piano’s” he buys pianos from auctions and he fixes them up and sells them out of his shop on the side of  his house. He made all the keys perfect and sanded it so that it was ready to paint once it was delivered to my house. I had to keep this entire project a secret from my kids so it was kind of tricky!


Here is Tom and my neighbor Jesse helping move the piano to the backyard so we could bring it in through our basement. Tom made a sled out of skis that he put the piano on to get it down the hill to our backyard.

Once we got it in the basement, Tom took the piano a part for me so I could paint the big pieces and paint it more easily. This made the painting process so much easier!

Here are some pictures I took during the painting process. It took 2 coats of Benjamin Moore Primer and 2 coats of High Gloss, Self Leveling paint by Benjamin Moore. The color I chose is called Chartreuse. I have been wanting to use this color for a long time.


My sweet sister Brittany came over and helped me paint it. We had to paint it while the kids were at school each day and slide it into my unfinished bathroom once it was dry to hide it.

I am so happy with how it turned out. If you plan on painting a piano, my advice to you is:

Have it sanded and paint ready before you have it delivered. You don’t want to be sanding it inside your home.

Self Leveling paint from Benjamin Moore was amazing to work with. It hides a lot of the brush strokes and as you can see it looks great!

I used a brand new Purdy brush from Ace Hardware. I learned that what you apply your paint with is just as important as the paint you use.

Have the piano taken apart if you can. It made painting it so much easier!

If you live in the Salt Lake City area and you need a great piano for a great price call Tom. He is the nicest man who went the extra mile to make my Christmas Surprise successful! HIs phone number is 801-599-2976. I paid $400.00 for our piano which included delivery. I also gave him an extra $100 for taking it all apart and coming back after it was all painted and putting it all back together for me.

Here is how it turned out!





40 year old Sofa Sectional Reupholstered

My Grandma Fan passed away many years ago and she had fabulous taste. She and my Grandpa had this  amazing sofa. My cute Grandpa passed it on to me and we had it reupholstered recently. Take a look at the results. I love how it turned out. I think my Grandma Fan would love it too.

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Thanks Readers, here are some little fun facts!

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2010. That’s about 29 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 24 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 316 posts. There were 109 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 21mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 9th with 187 views. The most popular post that day was The Grand Opening of our LEMONADE stand! .

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Attractions in 2010

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The Grand Opening of our LEMONADE stand! August 2009


Yep, it is true, We are having another BABY! May 2008


Where We Dwell April 2008


Our Family January 2008
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Tacky Dinner Party October 2009