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DIY – Refinish Your KitchenAid Mixer

Within the last year, I was given my grandmother’s Kitchenaid mixer, after she passed. Previously I had a smaller, older model Kitchenaid mixer that I loved and used just fine! But, I did want to take hold of this newer one that my grandma had hardly used so I could get some longevity out of a mixer! I will say, I only use my mixer, about 6-8 per year. I’m no baker by any means (I try, occasionally… box mix) but, I love cooking; so!.. it is used mostly around the holidays for making mashies, sweet mashies, mixing up the dough for biscuits, etc. I love it because I can throw the mixing bowl and attachments right in the dishwasher, and just wipe down and around the mixer.

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My watermelon mixer!

In the past, I had recently stumbled upon DIY ways to repaint your mixer, and always thought “huh, that’s cool but it would turn out terrible if I did that.” My old mixer was smaller and black, so I actually kept it put away and the color didn’t bother me. Now, the newer Kitchenaid mixer is larger and MUCH heavier, so its home is on my countertop. Anyways, last week I was wandering around Home Depot and decided “what the heck… I’m gonna do it!” This project costs no more than $20.00!

 

 

Only a few things needed to be purchased to complete this DIY, and I’m sure you already have some of them laying around your home.

  • Blue Painter’s Tape .94″ – $3.93
  • Brown Masking Paper – $2.68 (optional)
  • My choice of spray paint – $5.76
  • Clear coat – $3.98
  • Screwdriver (had at home)
  • Small paint brush (had at home)
  • Paper towel and cleaning agent (had at home)

I used RUST-OLEUM paint and matte finish! This paint included primer!

  1. Make sure to wipe all surfaces with a damp cloth, including the pieces you unscrew. I’ve seen in other blogs, as well as my own- the logo metal plate has a brown liquid under it! Totally normal, but clean, clean, clean!

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2)My first step was unscrewing as many small accessory pieces and covers to the mixer that I could. This included:

  • the small circular back piece
  • the metal bowl rest
  • the attachment piece
  • the logo metal plate

 

Anything that I couldn’t unscrew and remove, and carefully covered with painter’s blue tape. I purchased .94″, the smallest size I could find; then I laid down the masking paper to cover my deck.

3) Taping took the most time. I made sure that only the parts I wanted to be left alone were covered with the tape, this included the cord. (This was one area that I should have done differently, but I’ll touch on that at the end!) I used a tiny screwdriver to help flatten out some of the tape in small areas!

 

4) Once everything was taped and set to go the hardest part was patience. This project takes several layers of paint. The brand that I used pictured above, suggested 30 min before the next coat but up to 24 hours to completely dry!

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After my first coat! Make sure to evenly spray at all angles.

As I applied my first coat of spray paint, I made sure to spray close but evenly, always keep the can moving or else you can create paint drips!! Over the next hour and a half, I did 3 coats of paint. And after the 3rd I let it completely dry overnight, outside.

 

5)After drying for about 12-14 hours overnight, I gently spray painted small little touch-up areas and moved all the levers on the mixer to make sure paint had reached all visible surfaces.

 

6) After all of the painting was complete, I started spraying my top coat. I chose a matte clear coat to finish with, but you can choose a gloss! I treated this the same way as I did for the spray paint.

 

7) Lastly, after a few days of painting, waiting, glossing and more waiting I was finally ready to screw back in all of the finishes I had removed.

And here she is!

 

What I would have done differently!

  1. Completely covered the cord with painters tape! I only covered half thinking that it would be enough, but spray paint does spray everywhere! The second half of my cord did become sprinkled with white paint, but it was nothing a little sponge with soap and water couldn’t fix!
  2. Possibly, covered it with a gloss finish. It could just be my head but I am just slightly worried how long the matte finish will hold. However, adding a gloss finish is something I could easily do!

I am so glad that I finally started and completed this project! I’m loving my “new” Kitchenaid mixer!

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments…below!

xo,

Tay ♥

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