DIY PAINT YOUR KITCHEN AID MIXER
This has been a long awaited post… the mixer is finally complete!
This was “supposed” to be a simple DIY project that would take a few hours to knock out… but it turned into a costly repair and 2 months. Oh my goodness!
I don’t want to scare you from attempting this project, because I am stoked about the outcome… but I will share the good, bad, ugly. Here we go…
I took the mixer apart one day, and then my husband started the painting process (more on this below)… Somewhere between taking it apart and turning it back on, we broke a part or two. Might’ve happened when painting, or reassembling or taking apart. Not sure, but somehow it stopped working. The agony, right!
My handy hubs likes to fix appliances by purchasing one part at a time on Amazon… usually things are that simple. First he bought a 7.00 piece, that didn’t help. Then a $15 piece, but still wouldn’t work. Arrrrrg!
After momentarily giving up, he dropped it off at a small appliance repair shop and they ended up fixing it up (with a tune up) for about $115. Ouch.
Let me know if you’d like that resource for Seattle suburbia. I honestly think it was a fluke that our mixer stopped working and it should’ve been able to go through the paint job without needing a repair. So this was a really big bummer of a hiccup for sure!
Also, our mixer is old in age and cranky, 14 years old to be exact. Now she is in her full glory working again mixing up pancakes, breads and muffins. We love this mixer and use her all the time.
I Do. Not. Regret painting her a sweet candy pink. But I definitely wish I (I mean my husband! 🙂 ) was more careful with the painting and reassembling. In hind site, it would’ve been better to have the same person take apart and put back together.
In the end, this is the pop of color I wanted in our classic white kitchen. I’m SO excited as you can tell….
I use to have this thang for red appliances. Maybe it was trendy, maybe it still is… but now I’m like, what was I thinking? It’s so bright and loud… not my jam. The pink is subtle, feminine and SO fun! What is cool about this project is that if I get sick of the color, I guess I can just paint it! Right?
Here are the steps I went through… I’m so sorry I didn’t take better photos showing this process, but hope the steps are helpful.
1. Remove the visible pieces, for example the kitchen aid silver strip, front kitchen aid emblem. You don’t need to dissasemble the entire mixer, this was my mistake. I removed the top part from the stand. Don’t do that! Leave it connected. Oh goodness… I was too excited.
2. Then remove the back round cap that encloses the motor area. Use painters tape to fully cover this space and wrap the cord. Make sure to put all the hardware parts together in a Ziploc and maybe label where they go. Again I got too excited and removed every single screw and then we couldn’t quite get it back together.
3. Sand your mixer…making sure no sheen is seen in sight. Here is a link for a sander –
4. Then take an appliance level spray paint of your choice. Disclaimer… I wanted this light pink color, so I went with a generic all-purpose spray paint that may not be as durable as an epoxy or appliance spray. I don’t mind if things aren’t perfect, more an aesthetics gal. I’ll link both, but you probably want to use a more durable spray paint if you plan to have this last for a long time.
5. Now you probably want 2-3 coats. We had drip issues… but we did back in August when it was SO hot and it was running like crazy. Again excited and my timing may not be perfect.
6. The last step is using an epoxy clear coat. Here is the link for the one I found at Home Depot. In theory this DIY should cost you $10 total Haha.. but with our added electrical problems it cost us about $150.
Love the finish
Even though it took a little bit to get this baby back… it was worth the project and we’re loving it, or I’m loving it! I think its best to re-paint, reuse what we can, before buying something new.
Your turn, and make sure to share with me
This project can be done with a lot of different home appliances. I would love to see what you are able to do yourself, so make sure to send me pics!
Thanks for reading along friends,
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