How to Spray Paint Your KitchenAid Stand Mixer

How to spray paint your KitchenAid Mixer

Who doesn’t want a KitchenAid stand mixer? And for $300-600 per mixer, who can afford one?

I’ve always wanted one since one of my past roommates got one for Christmas one year (can you say JEALOUS?). I turned to eBay and found one for $56! It was white with a few blemishes, but I saw this tutorial on You Craft Me Up about how to spray paint it another color.  (sorry for the low light before photos)

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I picked glossy black Rustoleum  Appliance Epoxy (found at Home Depot) which will cover up those marks perfectly.  I put painters tape over all the chrome parts then unscrewed the metal place and back cover piece. I wanted to spray paint this in the first place because there are scratch marks (pictures below).
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The mixer ended up being SUPER dirty…I don’t think the previous owner washed it before they shipped it (GROSS!)!  I placed a plastic bag over the chord and other electronic parts and taped it securely.
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I had a slight mishap here (above pictures). I spent so much time cleaning off a sticker on the back that I didn’t even think to look at the sides (even though it was washed). After the first two coats, the paint was bubbling and easily wiped off even after everything else was dry. I think there might have been some leftover adhesive from the packaging (or from me cleaning off the sticker). So I took nail polish remover and wiped it down, then I had to wash with soap and water to clean off the acidity (?). Then I applied another two coats.
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While starting to tape this piece, it pulled apart into two (above pictures)!  I think it was either broken by the previous owner or broken during shipping.  I used Gorilla Glue to put it back together.  Then, when I unscrewed it, I realized I didn’t paint underneath this (below pictures)!  No big deal – that screw will always be there to cover my mistake.


After trial and error and a few bumps and bruises (that thing is heavy!), I finally finished.

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This project took me about a week to accomplish, but only because I only worked on it a little bit each day! The cleaning took about an hour because I wanted to be thorough.  And I’m glad I was – to an extent (see mistakes in a lot of pictures above).  I have a few noticeable paint drippings too.

Obviously I’m not a PROFESSIONAL spray painter.  Do they have lessons on that? The actual painting only took like five minutes per sessions.  I think I did about four or five coats total with my mishaps.  It looks great and now I’m proud to call it my own!

Comments

  1. Great to see all your steps. Wondering when you lift the head if you see white paint on the neck? Working up the nerve to paint my “really it was beige when she bought it, but now looks like it’s aged white” KitchenAid from my mom…
    June @ QuiltQuest

  2. I was pretty careful to get all the white! It’s a time consuming process, but I love that this item is now new to me. By cleaning up every nook and cranny, I got to see how much the previous owner took care of it (which wasn’t that good).

  3. Patrick

    Thanks. Now I have to find time to do that exact same thing. Glad for all your hints, especially how you made the paint adhere.

  4. Mary

    It would probably be a good thing to use a block sander and then use a primer. Extra steps but when you clean your mixer these steps will help the paint job to hold up.

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