DIY – Refinish Your KitchenAid Mixer

An easy DIY to refresh a small appliance in your kitchen.

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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 ♥

DIY Floral Arrangement on a Budget

perfect for home, present on a budget, or just for fun!

Who doesn’t love a small bunch of flowers to brighten up their home? I know I sure do! Need a birthday present for a friend on a budget?

crazy plant lady

I absolutely love having flowers and plants lining the shelves and tables of my home. I’m big on plants. The greenery instantly brightens any style of home, they are usually easy maintenance, and… you don’t have to dust them!

mrs. flowers, litterally

But, today I wanted to add a floral arrangement to the center of our dining area table. I headed off to the best spot I could think of when it comes to a great selection of flowers – perfect for any DIY project… TRADER JOES!

If you haven’t been to Trader’s before, I sincerely mean this when I tell you that you’re missing out. Trader Joe’s is an affiliate of ALDI, another grocery store I love! Trader Joe’s is full of organic, natural, unique and convenient foods. Did I mention the amazing prices?

Trader Joe’s has an amazing floral section. I wanted to create a nice, bright arrangement so I was set out to look for some white/cream florals and greenery! My eyes drew quickly to the fluffy hydrangeas, my favorite flower. I had an abundance of hydrangeas at our wedding.

Tip for bride-to-be’s… use a ton of hydrangea! They come in an array of colors, fill an arrangement with just a handful of stems, and they’re priced very fairly!

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I picked up my bushel of hydrangeas ($6.99), found some greenery that I liked! I’m not sure the name of this kind but it was so cheap! ($2.99) The stems are sturdy, so I knew these would hold up my arrangement longer than something more fragile. Next, I needed to add a second element to my simple design. I found some off-white spray roses.  I liked these because I’d say they are almost a dusty-rose color! ($4.99) So cute!

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All you need is a pair of heavy-duty scissors (I used regular kitchen scissors) any type of vase. Remember to use a large-sized/ standard vase and nothing smaller or else you’ll be cutting off too much of your flower’s stem to fit the vase. I used a classic mason jar. OPTIONAL: add stones, pebbles, rocks, etc… Add these in first. I chose to add some large stones. I set the vase on its side so the rocks would not break it. I left a space in the middle so I could place the center of my arrangement there to have a little extra support.

Start by filling your vase with the biggest flower, whatever flower is going to take up the most room, for me, hydrangea. Separate your greenery (if applicable) I added my greenery next. Use the taller stems, or whatever is best to fit your vase. Randomly add in your secondary flower. I scattered the spray roses.

 

 

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flower food

 

The flowers should come with flower food. This entire packet is usually mixed with a pint or 2 cups of water. I mixed up the food in my little waterer and poured the entire contents into the vase. If you receive more than one flower food, save the packets for when you change the water in a couple days! Changing the water and trimming dead ends on stems and flowers will help them to last longer!

Simple and easy!

 

What are your favorite flowers? Comment below!

Till next time, T ♥