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We finally painted it!

I have played the piano for a little over 15 years now. It has done more for me than I will ever be able to recall. I was born into a family who loved music, however, nobody happened to play an instrument. I remember being 4 or 5 years old, and I would constantly just listen to music. It soothed me. It could make up for any emotion I was feeling: sadness, remorse, happiness, hyperness, fun, and a whole lot more. My mother got me into piano lessons at the age 6 and I am SO incredibly grateful for that. When I was 10, I kept bothering my parents about playing the harp. They rented one for me and I happened to just love it. A couple of years later, they purchased me my harp for Christmas (which was practically my car). I have been in love ever since. I am super super attached to my instruments. Whenever I’m having a bad day or am feeling super sorry for myself, playing music will just calm me. When I got married, I had my harp, but not my piano. And I can honestly say that I had no idea what I was missing until I didn’t have a piano. It was really hard not being able to play. I remember, in a few wards we lived in, I would try and get special permission to sneak over to the church house when nobody was there and play in the chapel for a few hours. Music just…calms me. I can’t really explain it. I can’t imagine where I would be if it weren’t for music. Because it has taken me to lovely lovely places. After being married for about a year and a half, Trev and I decided to start looking for pianos on online classifieds. We came across one that was listed for $200 and happened to be like 15 minutes from our house. I called them, we go to pick the piano up after renting a U-Haul, and the guy says, “I just really need this out of here. If you will just take it you can have it for free.” Mind blown. Therefore, I got this piano for free.

We & Serendipity: Painting a Piano

After moving into our latest home, I couldn’t stop thinking about painting the piano. I’ve always wanted a piano with a little more personality and spunk, and I can honestly recall wanting to paint a piano at the age of 13. I asked Mr. Schroeder if he thinks that could be a possibility, we picked a paint color (talk about a drag), and started painting. Well, the piano has been EVERYTHING I dreamed of. I thought of painting it turquoise at first, but I’ve seen nothing but turquoise pianos. I wanted mine to be different. And I didn’t want it to be trendy. I needed it to be timeless. So, I painted it cream. We had a piano tuner come over a few days later, and he told us that the piano was made in 1907. Definitely an antique! I am so in love with this thing. I can’t walk past it without playing a quick song. My harp has probably been feeling a little neglected lately, but I’ll make up for it!  Here is how the piano looked AFTER we painted & antiqued it!

We & Serendipity: Painting a Piano

The brand of the piano was something we wanted to keep. We wanted that antique-feeling to stay there! Mr. Schroeder covered it with tape and carved out EVERY letter! IT took him a few hours to do! But it looks so amazing now and complements the piano drastically. So proud of him, his work, and his creativity.

We & Serendipity: Painting a Piano

We & Serendipity: Painting a Piano

We & Serendipity: Painting a Piano

We & Serendipity: Painting a Piano

I am incredibly blessed to have room in my house for my piano and harp. My entryway is complete! I hope my family knows how much I appreciate their help with this project! I’m still grinning from ear to ear!

22 comments

  1. ok, i am all kinds of jealous!! i have played for about as long as you, & i get rustier every year without constant practice! i would die if i was able to cram one of these in our little apartment :) so excited for you! also, your dress is gorgeous.

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  2. great job painting it it looks fantastic!!!

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  3. I love it! one day i want to have a piano! yours is a beauty!

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  4. Piano turned out sooo amazing! I so want to do this when Mr. Brown and I finally get a house! oh and your dress, probably the cutest dress ever! I love long dresses!!

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  5. It looks SOOOO good! I need to get the piano in our apartment tuned so that I'll want to play and sing more often... and then I need to find time to do those things! ;)

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  6. beautiful. and painting is such a task. we have a small piece of furniture i started sanding and still need to finish but this gives me some motivation, because what an awesome result.
    also piano playing relaxes me so much. i would sit and listen to my friends play for days.

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  7. It is so pretty!!! and I can't believe you got it for free that is too awesome. I have wished that I could play the piano. I took lessons for a little bit until my mom got sick, and then I had to stop but one day I know that I will play! haha!

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  8. im so jealous! i've played piano til i was 6 too and ever since i've been married i've barely been able to play at all. it is depressing. sometimes if there is a small activity going on in the church and it is unlocked, i go play just like you did. i don't think my apartment even has room for a piano even if my husband would let me buy one :) i love your piano and i love that you weren't trendy when painting it. trends like that kinda bug me...shhhh! haha. it is beautiful!

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  9. Beautiful! What a blessing.

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  10. GIRL! The cream is PERFECT! Such a great choice!

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  11. You did such a fabulous job with it! I so wish we had room for a piano right now. I play and so does Dustin--though he plays much better than I do. Which is slightly infuriating, because I took lessons for 8 years and he never had a lesson in his life. I feel the same way about music that you do--I think music is the strongest way the Spirit communicates with me, and I am so grateful for that. :)

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  12. I might be coming over just to play your piano;) It's so beautiful!!! I would be in heaven!

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  13. BEAUTIFUL!!! The cream color is absolutely perfect. I myself have been playing the violin since I was five years old and music is my salve for life. I love it to my very core. I completely understand what you're saying! Recently I bought a piano off of Craigslist. It has a player! And it came with something like 80 antique rolls. I was floored. My boys can't get enough.

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  14. Wow, that looks awesome!

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  15. I am SO jealous. That is a gorgeous piano!

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  16. SOOOO stunning!! My sister painted her piano sea foam green years ago and we still love it. :)

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  17. gosh it looks perfect and amazing! did you see lovetaza's yellow piano?

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  18. I know I already told you this on Instagram, but the piano looks great! Plus I'm so jealous of your long beautiful locks right now.

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  19. It looks so so so good! I love it!!

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  20. oh i love it. wish we had room for a piano. i didn't sign jackson up this fall, and i'm regretting it already. i feel like he's going to forget everything he has already learned. i need to make room somewhere. then you can come help me paint an oldie.

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