Saturday, February 21, 2009

Twinkling the ivories

Image Cottage Living

Are you one of those people who (like me) wishes they'd persisted with their piano lessons? I gave up at 13 when we moved to a tiny mining town in the middle of nowhere in the outback, without a teacher.

But it's not too late to take it up again!

This piano above was purchased second hand for $100. The new owner spruced it up with some vibrant red paint and new upholstery for the stool.

Doesn't it look fabulous?

I think this is such a great idea - with some paint and some fabric, your piano could fit into virtually any style of interior. And it involves very little money!

I'd probably paint mine white and cover the stool with a hardwearing neutral, nubby linen.

I've seen quite a few second hand pianos while out trawling auction houses. I have nowhere to put a piano in my current tiny house, but maybe in my next house!

Have a fantastic weekend.

Best wishes


AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

What a unique post. I remember this photo from Cottage Living. I love the idea of taking the plunge and painting a piano. I also agree, it's NEVER too late try something you've always wanted to do.

Have a great weekend!

Fiona Taylor said...

That's spooky...we must have been on the same wavelength, because while you were looking at photos of a piano bought for $100 and spruced up, I was eyeing off a (fairly ugly but with possibilities) piano on ebay going for $100 and wishing I had room for one in my house. I've actually been coveting a friend's pianola for many years, so if they decide to sell it at any point I will MAKE room for it. Just noticed a glorious piano on ebay, $300 for pickup from Beulah park...but where to put it? hmmmm.

citysage said...

I know just what you mean---I gave up all my lessons, piano, ballet, flute, when I moved out of my parents house and went to uni. Now I want to do it all again! But we're the same way: no space for a piano---and of the three, that's the one I want to do most!

Have a fab weekend!

Vanya @ Endless Inspiration said...

I like it, what a barg. Never learnt to play but always wanted to, get itchy fingers when I hear piano

Rachael said...

it's gorgeous! Not sure I'd paint mine red though (even though red is my fav colour), maybe a soft green....

Alison Gibbs said...

Wow that piano looks fabulous

vicki archer said...

Catherine - you must make space for this fantastic idea of yours. I love the thought or your white piano, xv.

ness lockyer said...

Never done the piano lesson thing...I done Bagpipe lessons!!!
They are beautiful though and if i had a huge sprawling home I would have one with a tall top like the photo in white too with a faded tapestry cover on the stool and a huge jug of faded green and white Hydrangeas staring down at me while I played 'Mary had a little lamb' or the 'Jaws' song...I can do those. lol.
Ness xx

Angela Henrie said...

I love the red piano! It seems that it would make any kid WANT to practice!

Velvet and Linen said...

Yes, I gave up the piano when I was a child as well, and yes, I wish I hadn't!
Painting the piano red was an inspired idea.
It looks great.

Happy Weekend, Catherine.


Myra said...

I have the same magazine with photo laying around my house!

MelsRosePlace said...

You know its funny you should mention this but i was thinking over the weekend i would love to have a piano in the house and for the girls and i to learn. I think after watching Benjamin Button i got the idea! I wonder if i will do anything about it, i hope you do. Mel xxx