Saturday, November 14, 2015

KitchenAid Mixer Refresh

Have you ever stared at something for weeks, not loving the color and wishing you could replace it, but you can't because it costs $350, works perfectly fine, and is a KitchenAid mixer? Yeah, me too. I totally realize this is a first world problem. We got our mixer as a wedding gift eight and a half years ago when I was still deep in my Primary Colors Period. We registered for the red, and I was so excited when I unwrapped it. I've never been much of a baker, but I've made a million mashed potatoes in this thing. My friend Bethany uses hers for literally everything it can be used for, and I've been inspired to use mine more. But, shhhhh.... I don't love the red anymore. The original color  is not ugly at all, and I could have lived with out on my counter and been perfectly happy with it. It works great, and I know lots of people who would love to have one, no matter the color. I think it's just because I've put so many hours into updating the kitchen, and the bright red stuck out like a sore thumb out on my counters. 

So I did what I always do when I want to do a project, but I'm not sure if it's even possible. I checked Pinterest. I found this tutorial from Dwell Beautiful, and pretty much followed it. I posted this little teaser photo to my Facebook page after I had her all taped up. 

TIP: The metal strip that runs all the way around the sides and front is removable! The tutorial I used taped over it, but it is held on by two small screws that are located under the rounded back plate, which is also removable. 

After wiping it down, I unscrewed everything I could and taped over everything I didn't want painted, including the tiny screws there on the sides. I just used my X-acto knife to cut the tape around the edges of the screws. Then I lightly sanded to rough up the finish, and I got to painting! 

The hardest part was deciding what color to use. I counted, and I have 32 cans of spray paint in my garage at this moment!  I wanted a color that would complement our wall color, but pop also against all the white I have in the room. I considered a pinky/peachy/coral because I'm really into that right now, but I kept being drawn back to aqua, my first love. I used Valspar's Nautical. This is awesome spray paint! It goes on even and smooth, with no drips, and contains a primer too.

Here she is after the first couple coats. 

Looking pretty good! I had just a couple drips that I had to go back and sand over and repaint, but nothing too bad. I let each coat dry completely before moving on because I couldn't stand the idea of messing this thing up! That's why it took me almost five days to finish. I used Rustoleum Crystal Clear Enamel as my finish, and did two thin coats. 

And look how gorgeous! 

I get so excited every time I walk past it in the kitchen now! 


And it was seriously so easy and cost me no dollars! I had everything on hand, but the cost of the paint would only set you back $10 tops. 

I won't lie, I was nervous about this one, but I'm so pleased with how it turned out! Would you ever paint your mixer? What color would you choose? Tell me in the comments, or visit Facebook or Instagram and we'll chat! 

Have a great weekend! I'll be back soon to share some of my Christmas crafty projects I've been working on (yes, I'm that guy! I vote Christmas all year long!). 

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