What do you do with the "old piano" when you are staging a house?

Home Stager with Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket 416.928.2999

Staging in Vaughan and the Toronto GTA we come across our fair share of homes that have an old piano where  the sellers don't know what to do with it.

Either the piano hasn't been played in years and is there for sentimental reasons only or it is played but it really could use a style update to fit in to the design look of today.

Here is a super idea we suggest to the sellers if they are not donating it or selling it before the house goes on the market. We prefer to show space in a room to potential buyers but you are going to love the transformation a bit of chalk paint can provide.

Chalk paint is easy to use, you don't need to sand the furniture first. Afterward seal it with a rub of bees wax or a coat of linseed oil.

This piano was featured in Style at Home Magazine and shows how updated a piano can look.

The little white fur rug added to the bench for a soft landing is sold at your local Walmart or Homesense.

chalk paint piano

When you are staging a home that needs creative ideas on how to present an updated look to your target buyers call the Go To Girl around town to stage your property.

Investment, minimal.

Impact, priceless.

Michelle Finnamore Interiors Ltd.



2016 Voted Best Home Staging Company in Vaughan and GTA



Comments (5)

Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Cute picture and the post is great too :-) Happy Saturday !

Jul 15, 2017 07:56 AM
Michelle Finnamore

HI Kristin, every time I show this picture to a home owner they all exclaim they love it and are going to try it. Excellent results as the photo evokes an emotional response in people.

Jul 15, 2017 12:03 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Sadly there are so many piano's in my area that are in basements that have not been pllayed in 20 years or more and no one wants them

Jul 15, 2017 09:02 AM
Michelle Finnamore

Agree William, it is such a sad situation. I hope that you can show this picture to a few of your clients and they will be motivated to create an updated look in their homes and who knows...maybe even interest a young one to take up piano! Sending positive thoughts your way that a seller you are working with in the future can see they are able to do this to their piano. Home Depot carries the Rustoleum brand of chalk paint. Very easy to do.

Jul 15, 2017 12:05 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Hello Michelle. I had an old bar piano I loved once. It didn't fit in my next place so off it went.

Jul 15, 2017 12:22 PM
Michelle Finnamore

I wish I had known you then Sheila, we could have saved your beloved piano to be enjoyed by others. So many are just scrapped and really, they look fabulous when they are chalk painted.

Jul 15, 2017 01:23 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

This is a great idea Michelle Finnamore!   We see our fair share of old upright pianos too ... they don't make the same dramatic design statement that a grand piano does, but if the seller is unable to sell or donate their piano prior to listing, painting it is a great idea.

Jul 15, 2017 05:48 PM
Michelle Finnamore

If you try this idea Maureen I would love to see you post a picture of it. We have done them in Barn Red, Cottage Green, French White and the latest one at a farm house in Everett was painted a pale sunny yellow. The kitchen was coordianted with baskets etc. The kitchen was transformed into a happy and bright look where previously it had appeared quite tired to the buyers.

Jul 16, 2017 05:20 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Michelle- I love the look of it!!! What a great idea. I've had several sellers who didn't want to part with their piano even though they didn't play it.

Aug 08, 2017 06:01 PM