4.06.2011

Purchasing a used piano: which style do you like?

When I was 6 years old, my Mom started me on piano lessons. I'd practice and practice...I remember dreading the days I had to practice 30 minutes before I could go out to do anything! I played until I got married and then it just stopped. Lately, I've had this huge desire to get out the music and sit down and play. And I've felt a bit guilt that I haven't started my own children with piano lessons. But...one slight problem...we don't have a piano. I know there are ways around that but I've always wanted one and I think now is the time.

We can't afford a new piano so I've been checking out the classifieds for over a year trying to find one. And I think it's down to these three. All really different styles...all older pianos. And I know some may cringe at the thought of this...but I plan to paint it...either white or a really fun color. Not sure what direction I'm going to go. So...enough blabbing...I need some help. I am super indecisive and need some opinions other than my own. So, please help me. Vote for your fav!!

#1 - Love the lines on the base and the legs. Love the low height of it so you can put frames or things around it - doesn't take up so much 'visual' space.
Inspiration:
From Pinterest here

#2 - Never would of looked at this piano until I saw the inspiration turquoise piano on pinterest. The wood 'lace' work on this piano is amazing - I can just imagine all the details painted and how gorgeous it would be.
Inspiration:
From Pinterest Here

#3 - I just love the rounded molding on this piano. The color is actually great too but sure I'd paint it - even if not right away. There are a few cosmetic flaws and a key that need new ivory - but I think the whole piano is just beautiful! Again - larger and would be more of a focal point...not sure if that's what I want or what! LOL!
Inspiration (not exactly the same but still an upright like this one)
From Pinterest here

So, please help me out! #1 #2 or #3. Thoughts about them? I'd so appreciate it!
Thanks!

15 comments:

Cynthia B. said...

I like #1, because I like the idea of setting frames and stuff on top of it. My daughter takes piano and just inspired my husband to start lessons too! We'll have to "graduate" from our elec. keyboard soon. Thanks for the pinterest images - they look awesome! Good luck in your decision. :)

kys said...

I like #1, I like all the free space left on top of it to decorate. The pinterest images are great, I love the idea of painting it in a fun color.

Connie said...

I like them all but #1 if your making choose!!! Aweseness!!!!

Lacey said...

How fun!!! I guess I would pick 1 or 3...but they are cleaner lines. I like #3 - haha. And I vote color! A bold red or yellow would be fun. I do love the teal above though - yum

Melanie said...

i think #1 looks most like you. :)

Carolyn Peeler said...

Hi Robyn! My personal preference is #1 or #3. But I think that before deciding for sure I would visit each piano and the one that has the best tone is the one between the two that I would purchase. For me, #2 is too ornate...but that's just my opinion.

Carol said...

Well, I'm the only one, but I love #2. The woodwork is gorgeous and I think it would look best painted. #1 seems kinda plain and traditional to me. I think it also depends on the vertical height of the space you'll be putting it in...#1 is shorter, #2 is taller.

It'll be gorgeous painted no matter which one you select--you always do great projects!

Donna Murdock said...

I'm sorry, but I'm an old piano minor from my college days and have spent so many years at practicing that I just love wood or lacquer black. I don't see pianos as decor. I see them as precious musical instruments. One would never paint a cello. But it will be your piano. Please be so very careful around the keys! The second piano my family had was a trade--an old ringer washer for a very old upright. My mom used black shoe polish to hide the scratches. No cash involved! May you and your children love what you learn. Donna Murdock

Anonymous said...

Hi Robyn,

So glad you are blogging again!! I would really like to know how Paxton is doing. I had followed his story all the way to the last post in November.

I was hoping to contact Shannon somehow as I live in Michigan and my nephew has almost the same thing as little Paxton. My SIL would love to contact Shannon if she ever needed support. Jon is going to be 3 in July and they have had their share of trials and triumphs.

Hope he is doing well.

Elaine Bisdorf, Warren MI

Susan (luckyjava) said...

I love #2 but they will all look great painted. We had one for our girls to take lessons- it was a really dull looking oak one. We had it painted vintage black with red underneath. It looks awesome now! I had someone do it for me- it was the first piano she distressed.

melanie said...

IF you really intend to paint it and make it look like the picture, I'd prefer #1 !! But it's just a personal opinion....
Mel

Briana Johnson said...

oh, great shopping! I really like number two and three. I guess I would pick three cause it's vintage but clean and on such a large piece I think I would go with the cleaner one. But, man, this is some awesome woodwork on number 2! Have you chose yet? I wonder how that grille thing would paint? - Would the paint get all globbed in there? Are you spraying it or brushing it?

Anonymous said...

My piano (that looks identical to number 1) is sitting at my parent's house, collecting dust. As soon as we're into our new home, we're going to be taking it. This is such a cute idea for the inspiration to paint it. I was just browsing another one of the sites I check out daily's blog list, and I'm happy to have stumbled upon your blog!

Heather Bowser said...

I hope you are doing well :) Are you on Pinterest?

teacher jessy said...

I like number 2 because of the colors ;)