Last year while I was on vacation in California, someone dropped this piece of a piano front off at my house. I was sort of stuck because of the color.
So, I mixed up some DIY black chalk paint. I instantly liked it a lot better.
I’ve been needing something for this wall in my kitchen, and I thought this piece might be what I was looking for. When I measured, it seemed like it might work. But to be sure, my friend Stephanie, suggested I use a piece of paper cut to size. I did. I immediately thought it was too small, and Stephanie agreed. However, after leaving it up for a few days, it grew on me.
I decided to hang the piece on my kitchen wall, BUT it has that middle piece that protrudes in the back, and I wasn’t sure it would actually sit right on the wall. So, I hung it on the fence to make sure that it would actually hang right. It did!
I hung it on the wall, carefully centering it, and placing it where I thought it should be from top to bottom. BAD! It was too high and crooked! I brought in the level, and a piece of thin trim. I installed one screw and used the trim and the level to get the other screw in the right place.
I left it hanging in the kitchen for a week or so, and decided that I would give it a go.
I removed the side panels so I could use mirrors, and I painted it with Miss Mustard Seed’s Tricycle Red Milk paint.
I went to get MMS wax from the basement, and when I came back, this is what I saw. Yep, it is bird poop. If you follow me on facebook, you’ve already seen this preview picture.
I love the way the paint looks after applying the clear wax.
I tested it out to see how I liked it on the fence.
When I went to buy a couple of mirrors, I couldn’t really find what I wanted at a good price, so I opted for this sheet metal. (Union Jack) It comes in 1’x2’. It’s brushed nickel, just like my light fixture, ceiling fan and cabinet pulls. I used my tin snips to cut it.
Of course to hold it in place I reached for my favorite Gorilla Tape!
You can see I taped it around all 4 sides. You can also see those wood pieces that don’t allow the piano front to sit flush against the wall.
Back on the fence for a photo op!
You can get a good feel of the color on the fence. I like the way the detail shows. When it was black, the details were lost.
It’s so hard to get a good picture of it in the kitchen. The kitchen is dark with no lights on, and when I turn the lights on it distorts the color.
I like the shininess of the sheet metal. I will be on the lookout for a small canvas or artwork to sit on the ledge in the middle.
Let’s look at it once more on the fence:
I know this piece could be repurposed for so many more things. For now it’s in my kitchen, but come October, it may be for sale at Glendale!
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.