Susy Goose Barbie piano makeover

It’s becoming rather difficult to find Susy Goose Barbie pianos, so when I can, I snatch them up. Manufactured in Jonesville, Michigan, in the early 1960’s, these little gems have charming details. Often, however, the music box no longer works, the flocking inside has disintegrated, and accessory pieces like the photo frame, candelabra, and music stand are broken or missing. So I enjoy fixing them up and giving them new life.

I’m not exactly sure how many of these pianos I’ve repainted, but this is the definitely the most colorful. After a good soak and scrub in hot soapy water to remove the flocking, I started with a base coat of green chalk paint for primer. Chalk paint will stick to practically anything! Then I painted a couple coats of my base color of ocean green. The carvings are accented in gold, metallic emerald green, and metallic raspberry with a pearl white overcoat. I added green cameos in the oval frames on each side of the piano where the stickers were. I made a new music stand from wood and brass stampings, since the original was missing. Then I sealed the whole piece with Minwax polyacrylic sealer. I replaced the beat up mirror above the keyboard and the missing mirror inside the lid. Then I added a new silk cushion to the bench. Some sheet music, a picture frame, and candelabra complete the piece.

This beauty is available now in my Etsy shop.

Susy Goose Barbie piano, before and after refurbishment

Waiting for paint to dry …

I have a little stockpile of vintage Susy Goose furniture to paint and re-home. I have a complete bedroom set for Skipper (which seems like a daunting project to do all at once), a wardrobe, and a Barbie vanity. I’ve repainted many Susy Goose Barbie vanities in the past, but it’s been a while, so I thought today was the perfect day to tackle it.

Susy Goose Barbie furniture was manufactured in Jonesville, Michigan, in the early 1960’s. These pieces are truly designer gems. They’re made of a hard plastic which yellows over time, so I don’t feel bad about painting these vintage pieces and giving them new life.

I’ve been looking at furniture repaints on Pinterest and found some gorgeous (people size) vintage pieces repainted in dark pink, black, and gold. The combination was so striking, I decided to try it. I’ve typically stuck to pastel colors for the Barbie vanities, so this is quite a departure for me. I started with a base coat of pink … which looked decidedly like Pepto Bismol. So I took a trip to Walmart and picked up some deeper shades of pink. I ended up with a nice rich fuchsia, which was perfect. Several coats of paint later and I’m waiting for everything to thoroughly dry before I put on a coat of sealer and make a cushion for the bench (debating between a black or gold cushion … suggestions welcome). But so far, this is my favorite vanity repaint yet. Stay tuned.

Refurbished Susy Goose Barbie piano

It’s getting very difficult to find Susy Goose Barbie pianos to refurbish, but I managed to snag one from eBay a few weeks ago, although I had to spend more than I usually do. The Susy Goose Barbie pianos were manufactured in Jonesville, Michigan in the early 1960’s. Since Jonesville is only 90 minutes from my house, you’d think I’d be able to find these pianos in antique shops in the area, but alas, no. This rare vintage piano and matching bench seat have been completely repainted in castle gray and gold acrylic paint. I added cameos to the oval insets on the sides of the piano to replace the stickers that were there. After painting, pieces were sealed with poly acrylic matte finish sealer. Cushion on bench was upholstered from gold silk fabric. Includes candelabra.

The keys are reversed in color. The Susy Goose pianos came this way, as they are modeled on historical pianos. In Mozart’s day, most piano’s had ebony keys with ivory sharps because ebony wood was cheaper than ivory. 

Note: The music box did not work, so it has been removed from the piano. Available now in my Etsy shop.