When we decided to renovate our kitchen, it forced us to take stock of everything we own and decide what pieces would stay and what pieces would go. Plenty of kitchen tools and brick-a-brack didn’t make the cut, but my stand mixer was a non-negotiable must keep item. Not only does it get plenty of use, it was something that I asked for at my bridal shower because I’d always dreamt of owning one, so it has sentimental value attached to it.
What I wasn’t attached to? The color.
Now let me start by saying there is nothing wrong with this pistachio-minty shade, it just doesn’t quite fit my tastes as they are now, and with the green walls we were going for, it would have majorly clashed. So rather than get rid of it and buy a brand new stand mixer (no thanks, that’s $$$) I looked into options for painting it, and was so comforted to find that yes you absolutely can spray paint your stand mixer for cheap and it’s not hard at all!
So if you’re in a similar position, stuck with a color that doesn’t quite fit; orrrr maybe you’ve noticed that certain color stand mixers end up on discount more often than not, OR you’ve found a secondhand stand mixer that you’d like to make your own, read on.
The biggest key to this project is TAKE PICTURES. It will make reassembling your machine a lot easier at the end once it’s painted, and then you’ll have the whole process documented. Guess what I didn’t do? I didn’t take many pictures at all, but fortunately was able to figure it out at the end with a little trial and error.
The next biggest key is to really protect the areas of your machine that you do not want paint getting into. You’re going to use a lot of tape and unscrew a lot of things, and that process will take far longer than the actual painting. I followed the instructions in this article with the exception that I used an appliance paint and did not use a clear epoxy at the end. When I tested the clear epoxy on a different piece, I found that it cracked and came off. I probably did this step wrong, but I will say, that if you keep a fairly clean kitchen and do enough coats of the appliance paint, you’ll be fine. I’ve been able to keep my machine clean and wiped down, and don’t feel like I needed a super glossy finish to do that.
In the article I linked, they covered the metal band that goes around the machine in tape, but I found it easier to just unscrew that part. Make sure to tape off any cracks or openings to prevent paint getting inside, and definitely tape the cord so that doesn’t end up all painted. Use multiple coats, let them dry thoroughly, and you should be just fine! I chose this almond color because it matches the other appliances we now have (I’ll share the full reveal soon, I SWEAR), and I love how much it blends into the space and looks like it was always meant to be this shade. My stand mixer isn’t in amazing shape as it’s been used so much in the past 5 years, but to me it was important to keep this one because it means so much to me, and I love it more than I could possibly love a new one.