It’s been several years since I painted my Kitchen Aid Mixer and shared this post, and the finish is still FLAWLESS after all this time (and mannnnnny batches of chocolate cookies). I get emails all the time from people wondering how the new finish has fared over time. So I thought it would be worth resharing for all of our new readers, or anyone that’s been regretting their mixer color choice! 😉
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.
I loved the tangerine color when I first got this mixer, but I was OVER IT by now… and ready for a new color!
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.
How to Paint your Kitchen Aid Mixer!
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?!?!?!?!
Spray paint is oil-based and when applied according to the instructions, is verrrrry durable, and provides a very professional finish.
I literally just stood in front of my Spray Paint Stash and pondered…
So I went with a deep blue/green that isn’t too sassy, but it still says ‘heyyyyy’.
It’s called RustOleum gloss ‘Night Tide’, which is a deep navy with a hint of green.
I 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.
It’s been 3 years, and my Kitchen Aid Mixer looks just as glossy and flawless as it did the day I painted it! I’m so happy with how it turned out, and highly recommend!
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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