The task of giving a makeover to a stand mixer can be daunting. Those mixers are expensive and you don’t want to risk ruining its look. We’re sharing a step by step guide for painting a KitchenAid Mixer to give it a new look that works with your decor.
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Have you ever considered painting your stand mixer? Gloria wanted to change the look of hers and she spent a lot of time researching the best way to paint one. After she gathered information, she wasn’t convinced that any of the tutorials she read would give her a long lasting paint job.
Step by Step Guide for Painting a KitchenAid Mixer
Gloria has had a KitchenAid Mixer for a number of years. She loves using it, but since it was originally purchased, her decor style has changed a lot. The red mixer didn’t work in her farmhouse styled white and gray kitchen. This mixer is the KitchenAid Professional 6,000 HD. It has the lifting bowl which is different than the traditional head tilt model. It was purchased in 2013 and her entire kitchen was full of red KitchenAid accessories.
Once she decided on the best paint to use and the process, she enlisted help from Georges. Between the two of them, they successfully disassembled, primed, sanded, painted, and reassembled the mixer.
These process photos will give you an idea of what’s involved in this project. Please Click on the Printable Step by Step Guide with products list at near the end of the post for more details.
Taking a stand mixer apart:
- Locate all of the screws that hold the mixer together
- Take photos as you are removing the parts to use as a guide when putting it back together.
- Remove as many parts as possible.
- Label the bottom of each part using a piece of painter’s tape
The more you can take off and paint separately the more professional the outcome will look. With this mixer, they were able to get it into 5 separate pieces.
Cleaning each part to make sure it’s free of lint, dust, and other debris is imperative. Use a lint free cloth over each part.
Use painter’s tape over any areas that you do not want to paint.
Using the 200 grit sandpaper, sand each piece to remove the gloss finish. They used an air compressor to remove and clean the surface after sanding it.
It took a couple of times sanding and cleaning to make sure all of the gloss finish was removed.
Using a multi-purpose spray they cleaned up each piece and then wiped each piece with a dusting microfiber cloth. It is important to remove all dust prior to priming or painting.
Choose the right primer for the mixer makeover
Gloria chose Krylon’s Automotive Sandable Primer in flat white for this project. Since the mixer is made of metal she decided that using a primer meant for automotive parts was the best option. Because she was changing the mixer from red to a light gray, she knew the primer needed to have great coverage. It took five coats of primer to achieve this finish. She bought this at Lowe’s.
Between each coat, she used various grits of sandpaper and then cleaned off the surface. Choosing the sandpaper grit was determined by the amount of dust or primer build-up that needed to be sanded off.
After there was good coverage with the primer they sanded everything again and did a detailed cleaning with a multi-purpose spray, followed by wiping with a micro-fiber cloth to remove all dust from each piece. Once it was ready for painting, Krylon Chalky Finish in Misty Gray was used.
It took 6 coats of spray paint to finish the project, sanding, and cleaning between each coat.
This is definitely not a project that can be rushed through if you want to have a finish that will not only look good, but will be durable as well.
After the final coat of paint had dried, each piece was given two coats of Rust-Oleum Matte Clear Enamel. Once the second coat was dry, Georges reassembled the mixer without any problems. They did have to add new grease for the bowl lift since it had been cleaned off during priming.
The finish is amazingly smooth! The key to getting a finish like this is the sanding and cleaning between each coat of primer and paint.
It’s a tedious process, but the end result is so worth all of the extra effort.
Doing a ton of research was key for this project. There are lots of tutorials out there that don’t take the time to do all of the priming and sanding. The mixers she saw looked great after being painted, but Gloria was concerned about the durability of the finish. Choosing to take a lot more time to make sure the job was done right was the best decision.
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How to Paint a KitchenAid Stand Mixer
Changing it from Red to Gray
As a thank you to Georges for his help with the project, Gloria made her great-grandmother’s pound cake using the mixer! She’ll be using her KitchenAid Mixer for years to come and its new look is perfect for her kitchen.
Click below for a Printable Step by Step Guide to Assist You with a Stand Mixer Makeover