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.

74 Responses to popping in on this saturday morning

  1. 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” :-)

  2. 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! :)

  3. 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.

  4. 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!! :)

  5. 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.

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

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

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

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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. :)

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

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

  11. 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?

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

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

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

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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!


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

    Paint the piano! Love it!

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. Karin August 28, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    Don’t paint the piano!!! My grandmother fell in love with the color olive in the 70’s and painted her piano a wonderful shade of canned peas…..If you plan to hand the piano down to one of your children think of the money they will have to spend to have it refinished….my dad recently did this.

    Don’t get me wrong, I dig the yellow piano, but I think when it comes to instruments it’s good to just keep it old school.

  22. L. Katherine August 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    Emily, adore you and your blog….fabulous aesthetic : ))) Could you please tell me where the first two images are from (the striped mudroom and the Christmas mantle)….both so very lovely. Thank you!! Oh, and btw, the piano is beautiful as is. Would NOT paint the whole thing, but if you want to punch things up a bit without fully committing to painting the entire piano, you could paint the bench and paint, or stencil the horizontal piece that has the knobs on it and pulls out to close the piano, and/or also paint or stencil the panel where the sheet music rests. Haha you can tell I do not know much about piano terms! Anyway, that would give you the best of both “worlds” : ))) I think it would look very charming and European.

  23. Kristiana August 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    You have to see Mrs. Pennington’s piano! Here is the link…http://thepenningtonpoint.com/2010/06/the-painted-piano/

    I really would like to paint our piano but my dad wouldn’t let me, he REALLY likes the dark color.

    I really like the mustard color on the piano you showed. I love playing the piano and I can’t help imagine how fun it would be to practice on a painted piano!!

    I hop this helps!
    Many Blessings!

  24. Krystal Wight Armstrong August 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    I kinda hate when really-pretty carved wood is painted over. But I gotta say I’m gonna strongly vote FOR the paint job on your piano! I bold color or even a nice strong Grey I think would look awesome there in that nook it’s in!
    And I too have been looking into making ornate frames into fun corkboards, etc. But a chalkboard is just as good an idea, too.
    Also…yes, cartoons today are awful. Our old 80/early 90s Saturday mornings were way cooler. I blame the arrival of “Ren & Stimpy” as the beginning of the downfall.
    Happy rest of your Weekend :)

  25. lauren August 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    love the piano collage too! I’d SO paint it :O)

  26. Katherine Ware August 28, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    I suppose it all comes down to taste! I have a beautiful oak upright piano, that I would never consider painting, because I love wood. If you’re not a huge fan of the “wood” look, then I say, go for it!! Though I would maybe consult a piano store or tuner and ask for the best way to go about it, so it has the least impact on the acoustics.

  27. The Rural Socialite August 28, 2011 at 6:48 am #

    Oh, and you should sell the bird collage on Etsy if you’re tired of it in your own space!

  28. The Rural Socialite August 28, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    JDC Monthly: you are a genius!!

    These rooms are so beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration!

  29. catherine August 28, 2011 at 5:39 am #

    i painted my piano this summer. my husband thought i was nuts.
    it looked almost identical to yours. now its a creamy, distressed white…never would be brave enough to go for that canary yellow, but i am wishing i had gone a pale aqua or pale blue, the color of my hydrangeas. at any rate, i like it so much better. good luck. cant wait to see what you do.

  30. B August 28, 2011 at 5:33 am #

    I think a vibrant chartreuse green would be fabulous on your lovely piano. x

  31. Lindsay stewart August 27, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

    I have thought about painting a piano from craigs list – I have found a few on there for free or cheap – it may be a good way to test if you like it to paint a different one – I would want one just for decor, not for use, so one of the free non- working ones from CL would work well

  32. Revi August 27, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    Hi Emily,
    I’m in the don’t paint it camp, and I paint most everything! I’d recover the cushion and maybe paint the space in some vibrant version of your fabulous faux wallpaper. If painting decreases the value or musical integrity, my vote is no. A little wood is a classic, constant grounding element. Styles change seasonally in lampshades, color palettes, accessories, etc. Pianos are kind of exempt from fashion. That’s my 2 cents worth!

  33. Jenninelupo August 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    I’ve been considering painting our piano also… Or distressing. I say go for it! Then, above piano create a huge decoupaged canvas covered in antique sheet music…then print black typeset of your favorite song lyrics and affix to canvas.

  34. Janelle August 27, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    Love your blog girl! I say paint the piano… I think I would of I had one. I like your bird wall. Maybe try some lamps with cleaner lines? I really like those lamps, dont get me wrong!!!…. Just maybe a little busy for that busy background? I really enjoy all your ideas, even still in the idea stage. My two year old, Lyla, is climbing aalllll over me, sorry for any typos :)

  35. Megan B August 27, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    Don’t paint it. I’m all about crazy colors and re-doing things…seriously….like, my friends make fun of me for it. But that piano is gorgeous. it really is. The color is perfect. If it were in rough shape or a lighter oak-ish color, I’d say go for it, but oh…it’s lovely as-is. I love the dress-up-the-bench ideas, though.

  36. Stacey August 27, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    Just weighing in on the painted piano decision. My husband is a classically trained pianist and teaches lessons as well. He told the me if you paint it, it can change the acoustical factor some. It may not sound the same. However, my two cents is that if no one in your family plays and it’s just sitting around I wouldn’t mind a painted piano myself (oh how my husband would kill me). Looking forward to what you come up with for it! Glad your Saturday morning was a nice one :)

  37. Mary August 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm #


    Paint it! Add the skirt too! I do agree with the comment about whether or not the piano is a heirloom, but only you can decide that. Navy and black are good–one of my favorite stores in Kansas City, KS has a black and navy room–I was surprised how much I like it. If anyone can make it look good, you can! Can’t wait to hear what you decide.

  38. Cortney Jenkins August 27, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    Oh yes, please paint it!

  39. Jessica Hunt August 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    oh yeah, paint it!

  40. Linda August 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    Stain it and high gloss it!

  41. Meg August 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    PAINT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Lisa August 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    DON’T PAINT IT! We inherited one that someone tried to paint and I HATE that someone did that! It wasn’t done professionally so there is all sorts of paint in places it shouldn’t be. And there is all sorts of chipping going on in hard to paint areas. And in the end, the painting really just makes the piano look old and dated when it really doesn’t have to be.

    If you HAVE to paint it (shudder!) get a professional to do it. There are just to many cracks, nooks, and crannies in a piano that make it really hard to do it right by yourself.

  43. Amy August 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    NO paint! I will never forget my early years of teaching (1988) and the avocado green piano in my classroom! I was always trying to downplay the color by covering it with things! Pianos have a l-o-n-g shelf (key??) life so I would keep it natural!

  44. Robbie August 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    I have a 1900 grand piano that I would never paint. I was aghast when my neighbor said she was painting her upright. It turned out fabulous!! Life is short paint the piano. I think I will go play my piano!!!

  45. Suzanne Jackson August 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    I’m a bit too chicken to paint a piano (especially one with a really nice finish)… but here’s a suggestion. Create a looooong scarf for the top — one that hangs almost to the floor — in whatever color you’re thinking of painting it. If you’re an experienced seamstress, you could even make a piano slipcover that would cover the area behind the music stand (and, hey, why not make a cover for that, as well?). A coordinating cushion for the bench would be nice, too. If you choose a color that blends with your bird collage, you might enjoy living with that wall a little while longer, too. Maybe even add a few pops of your cover color to the wall in some way…

    Do you have some other lamps you could switch out? I’m betting you do, and that would change the look up, as well.

    All of this just seems to allow you to make a little less commitment and also not have to deal with the wall under that bird collage just yet…

  46. Shanna August 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    I say NO to the paint. I love the raw, beautiful, natural look to wooden pianos. I am actually in the market for one, and I have to say, I love pretty wood. I was always told that its a crime to paint pretty wood…I would consider your piano pretty! I would go with adding a skirt or changing something else up, the worst would be to paint it and then be upset with the outcome, because there is NO going back at that point. Just my 2 cents, its your home so do as you please. I am sure whatever you do will be beautiful!

  47. Erica August 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    Hi! I’m a regular reader but first time commenter (sorry about that!). Your blog is one of my very favorites! I bought a cheap piano on craigslist, painted it black, and distressed it a bit. I love how it turn out, and now it feels uniquely personal to me. Here are a couple links: http://ryan-erica.blogspot.com/2010/10/getting-crafty.html (that one also happens to feature your ruffle wreath – thanks!) and http://ryan-erica.blogspot.com/2010/09/im-proud-new-owner.html

    Good luck!

  48. Traci August 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    Paint it!!!!!

  49. ange August 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    I have a very similiar piano and I’m hoping to paint it soon. :) I pinned that same pin and also I think I pinned a turquoise piano as well. Enjoy your Saturday!

  50. harmony August 27, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    paint it, have you ever seen the painted piano in the growing up garnet hill catalog (it is just a prop) ? i have been looking endlessly for a piano of the same style to do this to!!! it has a scandinavian stencil on it!!!! love it!

  51. Merry August 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    Emily! I have the exact piano!! I, too, have struggled with “paint it/leave it!” I am using you as a guinea pig to see what you opt for! Ha! I have never even painted a piece of furniture, let alone vintage or antique that I own….could be the start of something big.

  52. Carol August 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    You should definitely paint the piano! I will never forget a piano that one of my college professor’s wife had actually covered in music sheets. It was to die for – not destructive.

  53. pve August 27, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    Paint it! Love to see it painted a pretty color. What about a pretty blue or a rich red? I would love to see a collage of music hung above or a mirror perhaps!

  54. Tiffany August 27, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    I think the wall behind your piano (and possibly the adjoining wall, I can’t see the whole layout) would be great as a “backdrop” – stenciled, wallpapered or otherwise some graphic detail to make that alcove really stand out. I’m looking forawrd to seeing what you decide!

  55. Alexa August 27, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    I am generally a fan of painted furniture, but I think you should leave the piano as is. It is a beautiful piano!

  56. Diane @ Longaberger Lifestyle August 27, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    Warm Saturday greetings to you, too!!!
    Oh my…that mud room is fabulous. No doubt yours is on the way to super fab too!
    I too have admired that black board since I first discovered it last year. I think your idea of creating one for your home is a great idea…and I love the ways you plan to use it. Hiding His word in their hearts.
    The piano. No. No. No. We all don’t buy ‘new’ pianos again, even as styles change…unless our kids are so super we get a baby grand. Yours looks pretty nice. Besides…it’s a big piece of furniture that I really don’t want to make the centerpiece of my home. I’d say have fun on the wall instead….unless maybe you paint it black.
    Hope the rest of your day is delightful.

  57. {hooked on hickory} August 27, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    i can’t believe i’m saying this because i’d paint pretty much anything… but i wouldn’t paint it. i’d add ruffles to the bench or something that would make it a bit more interesting. pianos are one of those items that just feel right when they are natural. i look forward to see what you end up doing though! best of luck deciding!


  58. Kim August 27, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    Paint your piano!!! I pinned that same pic this past week as well and love it. It would work perfectly in your music nook and you could then loose the birds and replace with musical note sheets in black frames.

  59. Allyce August 27, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    Paint the piano. And yes to a chalk board in the kitchen, I love that idea. I love the bird collage–how are those images stuck to the wall?

  60. Brianne H August 27, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    As long as it isn’t a really special piano, I think it would be beautiful painted. I love the idea. The only thing I would say, which I am sure you have already thought of is…What happens when you no longer like that color of yellow? Would you paint it again? I change things up in my home so much that I sometimes get stuck on painting distinctive colors in fear that I will want to change it too soon after I finish my project. :) But if you really love it, do it. How fun to have a yellow piano!

  61. Alima August 27, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    I say paint the piano!! It would be so fun!

    P.S. I am loving my JDC monthly subscription! So fun! The monthly menu is my favorite!

  62. Sharon Traywick August 27, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    Throwing in another musician’s opinion…I think painting the piano largely depends on the quality of the instrument and what it is used for. Painting a piano can be quit an undertaking and it might also effect the tone of the instrument.

  63. Emily L. August 27, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    I totally agree on painting it….also agreeing on the “life is short” thinking. A bright color would look awesome under your bird collage and would be very eclectic! Just the right amount of pizzaz!

  64. Amanda Eck August 27, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    ok sooo funny! I just did a post yesterday on designer Liz Caan- and that laundry room is one of her designs. http://www.amandacarolathome.com/2011/08/coffee-with.html
    And that yellow painted piano belongs to my dear friend Bridget – her blog is: http://bakeat350.blogspot.com/ I was just over at her house this morning and took some pics of her piano- its even more beautiful in person.
    Have a Happy Saturday!!

  65. {darlene} August 27, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    ooooh. i am thinking navy lacquer on your piano!
    life is short. paint a piano.
    {for context: I was an opera major, so you can bet i appreciate a good piano!}

    • emily August 27, 2011 at 11:51 am #

      navy lacquer … how great would that be! Do you think it’s okay to mix navy & black? Or dining table is right across from it and it is black. Hmm…

  66. shelley johannes August 27, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    Totally paint it yellow! I saw your pinterest pin, and loved the idea. It makes it seem even more special.

  67. beth August 27, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    That is funny you were thinking about a chalkboard there b/c I am thinking about putting beadboard wainscoating in my computer room/office the way you have it in your kitchen and I was thinking “I should put a big black board like the one on that blog” then I went and looked at your blog and realized it was a map. Good idea!

  68. Jessica @ This Blessed Life August 27, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    As a music teacher and piano player, I can’t help but weigh in on this subject. :) I have to admit that the mustard piano is gorgeous…but then again, so is the wood of your piano right now. The piano I played as a kid was an heirloom piece, as is the piano that we will inherit someday from my mother-in-law: a beautiful ebony color with the real (old-school) ivory keys. I’m SO glad she didn’t paint it avocado green in the 70’s! I’d say, get your painting fix on an awesome side-table, or get a bright-colored lamp to top the piano, or make a piano bench cover in a crazy fabric, and let the beauty of the wood stay intact (because it really is a beautiful shade)…for now and for future generations who might play it. Just my two cents. :)

    • emily August 27, 2011 at 11:55 am #

      That is a great point. I could add a skirt to the bench and perhaps liven up the space just with that.

    • Jordan G @ The Happy Homebodies August 28, 2011 at 11:52 am #

      Ooh, she has a really good idea here! You could change the whole look with something new above the piano and a fun upholstered piano bench. I would hesitate to paint the piano because it’s classic and you may want to pass it along one day.

  69. Kaylan McCord August 27, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    Oh, I love that painted piano, but I don’t know that you should paint yours. It looks like it’s in pretty good shape. Tough call!

    And I seriously love the black and white stripes!!

  70. Nancy August 27, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    Paint it girl!!!

    {PS} To anyone out there on the fence, sign up for JDC monlthy. I’m working on my September schedule this weekend {stuck indoors, hurricane is coming} and it looks so pretty. I love all of the goodies you get and they are easy peasy to print out. So go ahead and treat yourself today! I promise I am not a paid spokesperson for JDC ;)

    • emily August 27, 2011 at 11:56 am #

      Thanks Nancy! I’m so glad you are loving your monthly goodies. Stay safe in that hurricane …

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