This Kitchen Aid stand mixer is one of my favorite kitchen tools. To complete this project, you will need just a few simple tools that any house has.
When planning your project, make sure you know what color you want the end product to be. I fell in love with the cherry red one at Bed Bath & Beyond. It was $450 and this project will cost me less than $100.
The original bowl was dented up, so we went and upgraded to the new glass bowl. Most kitchen stores will have parts to this mixer. I added a new nose, base and mixing arm.
Never skip the prep work!
Take your time...
When starting this project, there were many strikes against us, but if we could get it going, we would have a great item for anyones kitchen. This mixer was in an Estate Sale we were working. It was returned when it didn't power on. This item was well loved.
I did some research and found out why the power was out. There was food caked on the inside of the wires. The food got in through the holes in the back. I took a screw driver and with a few simple screws, I was able to take off the branding, base for the bowl, and the back panel. Please note, do not take the screw off the side of the mixer. Not sure what it is for, but treat it like Gremlin.
The most valuable thing I did is to TAKE PICTURES from lots of different angles before you start disassembling your mixer. This mixer was "well loved", so I scrubbed it down with an Goo Gone and Multi-purpose cleaner.
When I took off this metal strip? You guessed it, about 40 years of cooking treats. Even if I wasn’t planning to paint my mixer, this cleaning needed to happen.
Then I sanded everything colored black with one of those foamy 3M sanding blocks (120 grit) until all the glossiness of the finish was gone. Clean it again and let is dry. I even replaced the feet with parts off eBay.
It was finally time to paint. Spray paint is oil-based and when applied according to the instructions, is durable, and provides a very professional finish. I learned a very hard lesson. DO NOT use spray paint under 40 degrees outside. It was like Elsa from Frozen attacked the mixer. I had to delay a full day and sand again. Stupid.
The paint I chose is called RustOleum gloss, which was a cherry red.I did several light ‘misting’ coats until the black and original white 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 then waited a day for it to dry. The next day, I sanded it again. Then, yup, paint it again.
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! It's the 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!
This is where I added the new bowl, base and other goodies. This mixer was on sale at our sale for $50. It was a fail. Now, with a little love, we have it back on sale for you to enjoy.
The Legacy Continues....
Doc Emmett Brown
"I HAVEN’T BEEN EVERYWHERE, BUT IT’S ON MY LIST"