It’s Friday already? Wow. This week has been crazy! We started back at school – totally without fanfare. No first-day-of-school-pics. No special breakfast. No big lesson plan mapped out. We simply pulled out the math books and did a math lesson. Good, slow start to ease back into it. Then I loaded up my girls, a carload of pillow forms and a stack of pillow covers I’d just made and we headed to Columbus and Pickerington. We’ll call it a ‘field trip’. The girls got to see the capital of Ohio, the skyscraper skyline of the city, shop in a fabric boutique, see where Mom sells her wares, enjoy some delicious ice cream from Jeni’s and dinner at Panera Bread. And they experienced their parents favorite coffee shop while Mom purchased a couple of bags of the best coffee beans ever.
Tuesday we pulled out the grammar books and reading books along with Math. Wednesday Grandma came to help with school and I went to my cousins cabinet shop to start painting my Mom’s new, custom build, kitchen cabinets. More coming on that as the project unfolds. It’s a big one but I’m enjoying it and thoroughly thrilled to have been privileged with the opportunity!
And now I want to share with you my piano bench makeover. We’ve had the piano for a couple years now but it didn’t come with a bench and we hadn’t found one. A few months ago my hubby and I found one at a thrift shop. We paid $25 for it – which might be a bit much from a thrift shop but since we really wanted one and hadn’t ever run across one we paid the money for it.
Here is the before. Actually I think this was after it was shortened. It was too tall for our piano – weird I though – I didn’t know pianos were different in height?! Anyway, my hubby, handyman that he is, took the legs off and shortened them about 4 inches so it was a perfect fit.
I used my handy little drill/screwdriver that my hubby gave me for Christmas years ago to remove the lid from the bench and get all the hardware off.
The legs I painted with milk paint. I needed to paint some samples for my Mom to pick which color to use for her cabinets. So I mixed up a bit of Ironstone, Grain Sack, and Shutter Grey. After painting my samples I mixed all 3 paints together and used it to paint the legs of my piano bench.
I love milk paint more all the time. Sometimes during the day I think the color is a bit too blue. Shutter Grey is a blue/grey and it’s beautiful but for this piece with the grain sack top I think the blue is a bit to – blue So I will most likely add a wash of grain sack or ironstone at some point – you know, in my spare time!
The grain sack is an authentic European grain sack with a monogram. E for my daughter Emma and a J for me.
I’ve had a lot of protest over my wanting to paint this piano. I do like how it looks – and it looks especially good in photos. But I want a whiter look in my living room. Yes, I will probably wait till I get the walls repainted a whiter white and my chairs slipcovered, but there is a lot of brown in this room with the wood floor, my bamboo rug, and the piano.
And what cracks me up when people protest and say this is one wood piece that should not be painted – IT’S ALREADY PAINTED! That is a faux wood grain finish that has been painted on. Yes it is a wonderful job of a faux finish. And I do really like it. It’s just not white!
I do have plans to experiment a bit with the side you can’t see very well and see if there is a way to do a whitewash that would allow the existing finish to show through a bit but also help it look a bit white. We’ll see, but you can be pretty much assured that at some point I will paint this.
I have a piano painting job on my calendar for September! A friend hired me to come paint hers. I will be using chalk paint and she wants a creamy white. I’m excited about the project!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Sew a Fine Seam
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