I’ve dreamed of owning a piano for quite some time, but two things have deterred me. One is of the cost of moving the darned things from one home to another. You may not know this, but a lot of people give away pianos on sites like Craiglist. Acquiring a piano can be as easy as paying to have one hauled to your home. But then there’s the second deterrent, but which I mean the crazies who are giving away the pianos.
While I’m sure some of the wannabe former piano owners are perfectly sensible people, the ones I have met were not. Sorry, but you cannot ask me to give you a cash deposit for a free piano that I am taking off your hands so you don’t have to pay to move it into your new fifth-floor walk up. And if you call me five times a day while I’m still finding a piano mover to ask if I’m actually going to take your piano, the answer will be “No, I’m not. Stop calling here.”
Can you tell I’ve been burned on this? No matter, I’m still dreaming of the day I can take someone’s unwanted piano off their hands. It’s just a matter of finding the right person and the right piano. Leah, of Futuregirl Leah Riley’s Art Shop, obviously found the right piano (possibly from the right person). It just needed a little… something.
This is what she started with. Her piano was yellow, which many people might like, but she didn’t like it, and that’s what’s important. It wasn’t just the color that was lacking, however. This piano needed personality!
After a bit of sanding, the piano was primed and ready to accept proper paint. How to paint it was the question, and to come to an answer, Leah conducted a poll letter her blog readers choose between two potential faces.
Faces, you ask? Yes, faces. Monster faces. Adorable, super fun monster faces.
After two coats of Robin’s Egg Blue flat, the piano was looking quite nice and was ready to get its new mug. Had Leah stopped there, it would still have been a successful project, in my humble opinion.
Leah had this to say about her monstrous creation:
The finished piano monster paint job – I didn’t want it to beat you over the head with its monster-ness. Just some subtle monster suggestions. Here it lurks just around the corner, waiting to trip you, pounce, and eat your hands!