This is a photo from the internet that can give you an idea of what the project should look like when I am done.
Asked on Jan 8, 2017
How can I repurpose a baby grand piano into a bookcase?
I am in the middle of repurposing a baby grand piano into a bookcase. There are lots of examples on the internet, but I am looking for advice on how to blend finishes for various areas of the bookcase.
For the exterior and shelves I was hoping to simply strip and refinish the original walnut veneer, with the shelves being cut from the original top. I have had a lot of experience with that.
For the sides of the interior and the added section I am planning on painting.
The back of the bookcase (originally the sounding board of the piano) took quite a beating during deconstruction process, specifically prying off the string supports. Therefore I am planning on decoupaging sheet music to the back of the bookcase. I have lots of experience with oil based paints and finishes. But i have no experience with decoupaging, other than viewing some YouTube videos.
Should I prime? paint? the sounding board before decoupaging? Oil or latex?
What should I use as decoupage medium? Videos show diluted PVA glue, acrylic varnish yet discuss urethane varnish as a top coat. Can I I decoupage with urethane? Perhaps shellac? The answer to this question might help me determine the best order of decoupaging and painting.
I hope this makes sense and thanks in advance for any and all advice.
A photo of the deconstrucetd piano.
A photo of the piano with an added compartment.