My husbandâ€™s grandpa just gave him his piano, since my husband is the only one in his family who plays (self-taught, by ear!). Â I had to sell my piano when I went back to college to get my Interior Design degree, and have been piano-less ever since, so I was also happy to be given this little one.
Can I also tell you that I am very happy that it is pretty small, for a piano? Â Because it is not like you can just tuck a piano in a corner and call it good. Â No, a piano has quite a presence, and pretty much demands an entire wall to itself. Â Preferably an interior wall, without windows and doors–so demanding! Â Luckily, in our little house, we have a little (interior) wall that is just perfect for this piano. Â And, it is upstairs, which made my husband and all who helped carry it in very happy indeed.
Our little piano is in pretty good shape, and for now, I intend to leave it the way it is. Â But, the piano bench cover was a different story. Â It was originally just a solid wood top, but evidently someone got tired of sitting on it and decided to pad it and cover it. Â Since I canâ€™t bear to leave anything entirely untouched, that upholstered piano bench was calling my name. Â Really, it was more like yelling at me, every time I walked by.
I wanted something a bit more upbeat and patterned, so I started my search online for discount fabric. Â I decided I liked the look of an ikat pattern (see finished bench), so I narrowed my search that way, but wasnâ€™t in love with anything yet. Â Then, my mom and I happened to run to Joann fabrics on Saturday, and I decided to take a quick look and see if they had any ikat patterns in upholstery fabric. Â Low and behold, they did, in the perfect colors to blend in with the rest of the living room and also tie in with the color of the piano a bit. Â It was my lucky day, because the fabric also happened to be 50% off, so I only paid $6.24. Â Canâ€™t beat that for a beautiful new bench cover!
Changing the upholstery was really pretty simple. Â I unscrewed the hinges from the bench to remove the top. Â Then, I removed the bazillion staples that were holding the old fabric on with a flat screwdriver and a needle-nose pliers.
I had a lot of help with this process from my little one. Â Very helpful, she is. Â Once the old fabric was gone, I lined up the new fabric, making sure to center the pattern so it didnâ€™t look all funky and lopsided. Â Next, I pulled it tight and put four staples in it, one in each center point. Â I turned it over and made sure it was all even and tight enough before adding more staples. Â That way, you donâ€™t get all finished and notice that it is off-center and have to take out all the staples you just so carefully put in! Â For the corners, I folded them sort of like wrapping a present, and stapled them neatly.
Then, I simply screwed the top back on the hinges and Voila! Â I love the new pattern and think it makes our new piano feel right at home.