It’s no secret that I love baking and eating baked goods. I would make some sort of muffin / scone / cookie / pie / coffee cake / ETC just about every day if I didn’t have any self-control.
Since I use my Kitchen Aid Mixer so often, it holds a pretty prominent position on my counter top. But after we painted the kitchen cabinets, the tangerine orange was making me dry-heave.
A few months back, we took a little survey on our Facebook page asking you guys’ opinion about what color we should paint it, and the responses were all over the place. Of the 5 color options we provided, there was no clear winner. Some of you even said they think the orange looks great! And some thought we were crazy for wanting to PAINT a small appliance. #weknow
And so my mixer stayed as-is… until a few days ago. I was heading out the kitchen door to join Nick in the garage. As I reached for the door handle, that bad-spray-tan mixer caught my eye. And in true impulsive fashion, I grabbed it up and took it with me out to the garage.
Let’s just say Nick gave me an eye roll from behind the router table when I entered the garage with it.
I loosely followed instructions from this post. The most valuable thing I took from that tutorial is to TAKE PICTURES from lots of different angles before you start disassembling your mixer. I nevvvver would have thought to do that. But I’m so glad I did!
Also… my mixer was DISGUSTING. I scrubbed it down with an all-purpose cleaner, and then let the girls finish up. Obvs.
I took off as many pieces as I felt comfortable putting back together later, and taped off the rest. When I took off this metal strip? YUCK. Even if I wasn’t planning to paint my mixer, this cleaning needed to happen. So much nasty!
For the bolts/screws on the sides, I just put painters tape on them and pressed my fingernail along the edge of the screw to ‘score’ the tape, and then gently pulled off the excess. Some didn’t go as smoothly as other and I had to try again. It has to be perfect!
Then I sanded everything orange with one of those foamy 3M sanding blocks (120 grit) until all the glossiness of the finish was gone. Nick was just cringing when I was doing this… he was pretty sure I was ruining our mixer forever.
It was finally time to PAINT! But first… the color?!?!?!?!
I literally just stood in front of my Spray Paint Stash and pondered: I like color… but my cabinets are chartreuse, and not everything can be the ‘star’ of the room. But I also want it to be ME and still bring a little attitude to the kitchen without punching you in the face with boldness.
So I went with this deep blue/green that isn’t too sassy, but it still says ‘heyyyyy’.
It just occurred to me that this color is almost a nod to the previous wall color of the kitchen. There’s a small part of me that totally misses those glossy swirls! Who remembers?!
Spray paint is always oil based, and if used per the instructions on the label, provides a VERY durable finish! I went with RustOleum gloss ‘Night Tide’, and did several light ‘misting’ coats until the orange was completely covered and I had a nice even finish. Keep your spray paint can moving, because if you’re focusing too much on one area, you’re gonna get drips!
I let my mixer dry overnight and then sprayed on some polyurethane, sanding lightly between each coat. Each product is slightly different, so be sure to follow the instructions TO THE LETTER! These things matter!
After the final coat of poly (I did probably 4 ish coats) I let it dry and cure for several days. Because… while it’s dry to the touch, it could still be dented easily!
Then I assembled everything back together and pulled all the tape off! BEST PART of any project! Am I right?!
I was pleasantly surprised by how perfectly crisp the lines where the tape were, and how professional and glossy it looks! THAT is how to paint a Kitchen Aid Mixer!
Although, I have to admit… if I were to do it all over again (which I totally will when I get bored of this color) I would do another couple coats of poly before calling it quits. There are a couple places that look more ‘satin’ than ‘gloss’, like on the under side specifically.
At least nobody will ever see it except for the cookie dough!
And the dough knows not to sass me.
I was so excited to haul this bad boy back into my kitchen and stand back for a little gander. I loooove it!
I feel like it flows better with my kitchen, and makes things much less citrus!
Since I know someone will ask… YES those are my spices in baby food jars, affixed to the wall under my cabinets on a strip of velcro. It’s one of the smartest DIY projects I’ve done to date. (tutorial here!). Every single time I use a spice… which is pretty much daily, I silently congratulate myself on having such a great idea.
ANYWAY. This concludes my tutorial on painting your Kitchen Aid Mixer! Anybody out there that doesn’t love the color of theirs anymore? Do you think you’ll give this a try? It certainly beats having to drop another $300 bones to get one in the color of your choice! Yeah?
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