We used lace to decorate a piano that had already been painted white – this will definitely make heads turn! If you want to paint your piano too, first apply undercoat and then enamel or PVA in the colour of your choice.
You will need
• pieces of lace or plastic mats with a lace pattern (available at Chinese shops)
• PVA paint in the colour of your choice
• varnish for furniture
• rubber roller
• sponge roller and paintbrush
• paint tray
• masking tape
• measuring tape
1 Prepare properly for this project. Measure the panels and write the measurements down. Decide how to use the lace – it looks lovely if you use different designs. Cover the sections you don’t want to print onto with masking tape. Place dropsheets on the floor. NOTE We found the plastic mats worked best as they don’t stretch like fabric does.
2 First place the piece of lace that you want to use onto newspaper. Pour a little paint into your paint tray, roll your sponge roller in it then roll it all over the lace. Pick the lace up and press it against the piano – stick it down with masking tape if you struggle to hold it in position.
3 Now take the rubber roller and carefully roll it all over the back of the lace – start at one side and be careful not to move the lace. Press down hard on the roller, all the time applying the same amount of pressure so the paint is transferred evenly to the piano. Remove the lace carefully when you are finished.
TIP Always have a damp cloth on hand, in case you make a mistake.
4 Do the next section – watch out for the wet paint – and complete the whole piano in this way. Leave to dry completely, then varnish.