Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Make Do and Mend

Many years ago, a member of my family gifted us with an upright piano.

I spent many a year thumping out "Do, Re, Mi" on summer days. Though I still can't play. (I only made it through a few lessons)

There was only one big problem with this particular piano. The ugliest mustard yellow this side of the Mason Dixon.

Now, you would think that after all these years I would have become fond of the color, but aas, I have not. So, after all these years, it's time for a change. A can of paint stripper (or 2.. or 3..) and we'll have a whole new piano.

I worked for ages inside on the main body of it, but could no longer stand the stench. (yes, all doors were open and a fan going) Even with a "Non- Toxic" brand, it was enough. So I took the baseboard outside and set to.

Several hours and around 5 chapters of "Lorna Doone" on Librivox, and this is where I sit. The most gorgeous finish I've ever seen! What do you think?

I'm nowhere near done, but it's a start!


  1. Wow! I am very impressed. I probably would have "thrown in the towel". Once it is finished, you will have a whole new motivation for sitting down and making beautiful music with your NEW piano. I have an old (86 years old) studio piano that needs refinishing and tuning. It came from the old Sevier County Senior Adult Center. I can still imagine gentle, aged hands playing vintage melodies on it's aged and chipped ivory keys, while voices blended in harmony gathered around it. I love my piano.

  2. Well I'm on a rather long break. lol! It's been over a week since I worked on it, course VBS was during that week as well.

    It almost makes me want to take up lessons again. :D

    (PS. you are officially my first comment on my new blog!!!!!!)