Pretty Piano Bench

I wanted to jazz up the piano bench a little bit without it being overpowering in the room.  It looked kind of plain and I wanted to add a subtle detail to it with some stenciling.  However, this IS a bench so it needed to be durable since it does get a lot of use.  So this is what I did to accomplish this look:

decorative pretty piano bench

This is what the piano bench looked like before.  It was already painted with oil based paint in a soft white color, as was the piano.

decorative pretty piano bench

First I lined up my stencil with the corner of the bench and marked my registration points.

decorative pretty piano bench

After positioning my stencil I taped it down to make sure it wouldn’t shift.  I used my handy spouncer brush to carefully paint the stencil.  For the stencil I used latex paint in a flat finish, which some people say you can’t use over oil based…well, it IS possible, it just takes patience and the right protective coat, which I will explain a bit later.  When stenciling I used very little paint and did several coats before moving the stencil over.  The bench is pretty smooth and I wanted the paint to show up; layering the paint helped me achieve a darker stencil image.

decorative pretty piano bench
decorative pretty piano bench

After allowing 24 hours for the paint to dry and cure I used Minwax Polycrylic clear coat as a protective finish. This is what makes it possible to use latex paint over oil based paint. I have done this several times on projects and never had an issue with the paint chipping off or scratching.

decorative pretty piano bench

Two coats of polycrylic and I was done!  I did put a little note on the bench to keep anyone from sitting on it for a couple days while everything cured, but other than that this project only took a couple days to complete. I think it adds a nice touch to an otherwise boring white piano bench.

decorative pretty piano bench
I love how subtle it is against the white.
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