This is a reblogged post from 2014 on my Teaching Teens in the 21st blog:
Last week I was lusting over the blue Kitchen-Aid mixer, I even entered a giveaway to try to win one, even though I have a perfectly good red Kitchen-Aid Artisan mixer that we received as a wedding present. So I thought, “I wonder if I can just paint mine?” I went to Google, and lo and behold, other people had thought the same thing!
After ordering our new island for the kitchen today, we stopped at Lowe’s, and I found the perfect color for my new mixer!
BTW-Here’s the new island, I’m so excited! Our current one is unsealed butcher block, and it’s just kind of gross to prep food on, so I’m pumped to have the stainless steel.
We purchased it from Crate and Barrel
I picked up this color, if they had it in gloss I could have skipped the clear coat, but I wanted it shiny!
The hubster dragged out my mixer, and eww, I’m gross, I know. I didn’t get the bits off the last time I used it because…well, I was lazy. No judging, please.
So I went to work cleaning it off, and it looks nice…I almost changed my mind, but I’m kind of over red. (When we got married, everything we got for the kitchen was red, and I was convinced I would never ever get sick of it.)
Then I used a sanding block, just one of the cheap finishing ones we had leftover from our fireplace, and buffed out the shine and wiped it with a cloth. It took maybe five minutes, tops.
I unscrewed the metal band, the back section, and the bottom plate. Then, I taped off anything I didn’t want sprayed, and used an X-Acto knife to cut around the large screw areas.
I just put a ziploc bag over the back, and taped the cord and put the excess in a ziploc bag to protect it.
Off to the garage! I did one coat, and I got kind of close, even though it says 8-10 inches. I would have been out there forever, and I’m kind of impatient.
Then I let it dry for half an hour and sprayed the clear coat.
I reassembled everything, and now it looks awesome! It also matches my IKEA Raskog kitchen cart, bonus!
Total Time for project: A little over an hour.
Materials Needed: 2 ziploc bags, a screwdriver, spray paint, painters tape, x-acto knife
Difficulty: minimal, just be sure to not overspray or you will get drips, and wait until completely dry before doing another coat or clear coat.