April 16, 2012

Reimagined Monday: Mak and Jill's "Coastal Living" Piano

Welcome to On The Apple Box. If you haven't visited before Mondays are a special day on our blog.  It's when we get to share contributor's projects using ASCP, a paint that manages to live up to its hype -- and more.

One of the (many) things that people find surprising about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) is the ability to mix colours without getting that murky or "muddy" look that can happen with some other paints.  ASCP has very little black pigment (with the exception of the colour Graphite) and can be combined to create pure, clean shades.

Old White (OW) is a staple that is gorgeous alone but is also often used to lighten or change other offerings in the wheel of Annie Sloan colours. The most recent Project Personality article shared colour cards for Provence and Emperor's Silk, where the latter was mixed with OW to take it from its original 'front door red' to a candy-coloured pink:

Imagine the possibilities!  With 29 colours to mix together in any combination or measure, the custom options are nearly endless... and oh how we love one-of-a-kind anything!

Today's Reimagined Monday is a great example of just how unique your furniture can become, thanks to two longtime friends with a love for interior design.

Mak and Jill are lovely ladies that refinish furniture and teach paint classes in sunny California, as well as provide decor and staging services.  They recently turned their talents to helping another good friend, Patti Palucha transform an average household instrument into a unique, one-of-a-kind show-stopper.

This is Patti's family piano:

Whether a Grand or an upright, there can sometimes be limited options for a piano's location.  In Patti's case, the only place it worked was near the front foyer and in her "coastal living" style home it just wasn't fitting in.  The answer?  Make it a signature piece!

Jill mixed together ASCP Provence with Old White to create a custom colour and voila...

Patti's family piano after the magic:


Isn't she a stunner?  It is so reminiscent of the beautiful pallet of the Georgian-Regency period (think Jane Austen)... when a piano was still a pianoforte and colour was everywhere.

This is a Grand Piano by Louis Bas of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, France, 1781:

It is the earliest French grand piano known to exist.... A little Antibes Green mixed with a touch of OW and you've stepped back in time!


ASCP makes painting fun!  And now... I am off to the studio to enjoy myself some more.

Happy Playing!

Here is how to share your reimagined paint project at On the Apple Box:

Send us a description of how you used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to get from your vision to the reimagined piece, before and after pictures, pictures of your project in progress or a couple of it in its finished state, and you may be highlighted on our blog!


  1. What a beautiful transformation Leanne! I have a very similar piano left here by my husband's Mother when she moved back to the Caribbean. It was too big to take with her so it was left here. It does not fit in with my decor either; too 1970's. Maybe I will think about painting it instead of selling it.
    Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. Perfect! What a makeover that would be. I may have hesitated on painting a piano before seeing (Mak and) Jill's beautiful example, but not now. I can't wait to see the results should you complete yours! Thanks for commenting, Carrie.

    OH! Wanted to mention that I visited your blog today and your Mom's cabinet (and "the find") are both fantastic!

  3. Thanks Leanne! I appreciate your wonderful comments. :)

  4. That's beautiful! I've seen photos of painted pianos before and have never been a fan...but this one changes my mind! I love the details, and the colour is gorgeous of course!

    1. I agree, Joanna... this one is so pretty. The colour is one of my favorites!


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