popping in on this saturday morning

Happy Saturday! I’m not regularly a poster on weekends, but the kids are busy watching saturday morning cartoons {which are no where near as wonderful as I remember them being when I was a kid. Whatever happened to the Jetsons, Dennis the Menace, Strawberry Shortcake? Those were way better than weird shows like Horseland and Trollz} and I have a second to say hi.

So, Hi. Hope you are having a nice weekend so far.

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And now let’s talk about a few gorgeous rooms.


I’m loving the striped walls and that ceiling. Our mudroom is half-way there with bead board paneling and hooks, but I have been trying to decide what to do with the walls. This might push me over the edge for painting stripes.


I know this is a christmas image and I am not ready for christmas, but I do love the fancy frame on the chalkboard {and the pretty writing}. I feel the need for a big chalkboard in our kitchen {where the Mt. Rainier map currently hangs} for things like a weekly bible verse, schedules, places to doodle and I’d love to create something like this with molding pieces. Or, rather, I’d love Ryan to create something like this with molding pieces.

And then there is this:


I pinned this a few days ago with the statement “a painted piano … cool or destructive? I’m thinking cool and I’d like to do it to ours.”.

What do you think? Paint our perfectly fine, but boring piano, or leave it alone?

This is what it looks like:


I have fallen out of love with the crazy bird collage wall {posted here} and so I’m in need of a new look for the piano nook.

Okay, time to sign off. Audrey is currently sitting on my desk pulling apart everything. Ah, children. They have such boundless energy.

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74 Responses to popping in on this saturday morning

  1. Lacy August 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Paint it and than hang up some vintage piano sheet music above it instead of the birds!

  2. aileen August 28, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    Paint it! A nice creamy color, so it doesn’t stand out, or a pale blue. Black would be nice also. I never think that pianos are very attractive, unless it’s a Baby Grand, perhaps. By the way, I found a 3 x 5 black/white stripe rug, at the Grocery Outlet, for $12.00. So excited and it was such a fluke to find it, right after you talked about having one.

  3. Lindsay @ EllenJay's August 28, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    Paint the piano! Love it!

  4. Tricia Lynn August 29, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    You can get every other piece of furniture in whatever color you want and you can redo every piece of furniture into whatever color you want, so why not a piano? Why must they come in all of these unattractive wood colors (perhaps it’s because we’ve all received them as hand me downs from an era before painted wood furniture?)?

    It’s a great idea, I think I will do the same! Go for it!


  5. cailan August 29, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    I would have painted my little piano long ago…except that it was my grandma’s. Feels a little impertinent of me! You on the other hand should go for it!

  6. Rachael August 29, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    I love your blog, Emily! Thanks for posting such lovely thoughts and design ideas :)

    I love the JDC monthly idea-but I’d love to get prints shipped to me, I noticed this feature is gone, and it’s now only a PDF. Is this correct?

    Also, have you thought about making a “Twirl” art print? I LOVED that post you wrote explaining that, and I am slightly obsessed with the piece in your office, and I’d love to have some version of it.

    Thanks so much for all you do!

  7. Kelly Robison August 29, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    I say if the piano isn’t valuable (like an antique) then paint away! :)

  8. Carrie August 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    I think paint is a great way to freshen up a worn piano but if the wood is in good shape and/or if it’s a valuable antique then I say no way. Trying to strip the paint and restain might be too risky on the inner workings. I would love a painted one at my house, though!

  9. meg duerksen August 29, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    totally paint it.
    unless it’s some fancy brand that people care about…..
    ours was free from the classifieds.
    i can’t decide WHAT color to pick for ours.
    i love all of it!

  10. Kristin Smith August 29, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, because I’m really not loving brown wood right now, but I think you should not paint your piano.

    The yellow piano looks cool, but it was probably a thrift store find. Your piano looks great, and I worry about painting it because it is a functional piece. I’d be concerned about ruining the keys. Maybe paint another piece, console maybe, the yellow you love?

  11. lauren August 29, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    Just jumping in to say without a doubt (unless it is a pricey antique) paint it!!!

  12. corrine August 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    i feel pretty strongly about this because i spent my entire life studying classical piano. i think it’s kind of sad to paint a beautiful, OLD piano or something that has any sentimental value whatsoever to your family. i’d check into whether the piano is worth a lot as well. having said that, if you found it at a garage sale or an online classified ad, you KNOW it’s not worth much, and you aren’t attached to it, i say go for it. :)

  13. ann August 30, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    Oh, paint it! Maybe you will fall back in love with your bird collage :) I think it is charming.

  14. Jen August 31, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    Is it sad that I am already ready for Christmas? :)
    LOVE the yellow piano!

  15. Katie Delk August 31, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    I would not paint it, it’s beautiful!! But def do the skirt!!

  16. Andrea Skeens August 31, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    Don’t paint your piano. It’s too trendy. I think you might regret it in 6-12 months. Err on the side of classic rather than trendy with the piano. Go trendy with something else.

  17. Lisa Gutierrez September 1, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    Don’t paint it!!!! We bought a used piano when my brother and I were young, when we started taking piano lessons, that had the most hideous paint on it, and we spent HOURS and HOURS stripping and refinishing it. I think paint is nice, but for something like a real wood piano, that has real value, I think paint just takes away from the value, and adds a lot of work if you (or anyone else) decides they don’t like the color or the simple face that it’s painted down the road!! Read wood is always in style!! :)

  18. Suzanne @ Delightfully Organized September 22, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    If it makes you feel better, I learned to play on a painted piano. It was a pale – kind of smoky robin’s egg – blue color with a detailed floral painting in the middle of the upper part (it was a taller upright like that yellow one). Unless you’ve got a $$$ Yamaha or Steinway or other expensive, heirloom quality piano I think paint is just fine.

  19. bridget {bake at 350} December 8, 2011 at 6:35 am #

    Hey there! I saw the piano on Pinterest and clicked over….it’s actually ours! :) The story is…I found the piano at Goodwill. It was $99 and it looked like it had been through a lot…paint, stripping, refinishing, etc. So, we sanded and painted it a sunny yellow (we almost went turquoise). It’s such a great conversation piece. My son likes to pick things out by ear on his keyboards in his room, so it’s fun to have him out in the family room where we can all hear it.

    I say, well maybe you’ll guess my answer, go for it! :)

  20. Donna January 29, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    Did you ever paint your piano? Our piano looks just like yours, and I really want to paint it. I think I am waiting for someone to tell me “It’s okay to do that” :-)

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