Back in May I told you I found an awesome birthday gift at a yard sale, but I’m not sure if I ever told you that it was a KitchenAid mixer, which my mom bought from me and gave to my little sister.
She’s pretty lucky, I had to wait until I was married until I got a KitchenAid, and Mom had to wait for hers until her oldest child was about 13. That 13 year-old then promptly stole it every chance she got and Mom never really got to use it, until her 13 year old turned 24 and got married and got her own KitchenAid. But I digress.
Unfortunately, Liz’s machine wasn’t the… loveliest color that KitchenAids come in. It would have fit in well with an orange and avocado kitchen, but Liz wasn’t thinking that would be her future color scheme. (The pictures don’t do it justice, it really was a much more 1960’s type of yellow than it seems).
We were inspired by this post about giving the old mixer a bit of a face-lift. And so, we did!
What we should have done first, but didn’t, was take a BEFORE photo. Oh, well.
What we did do first was clean everything really well, take off the removable parts, clean it some more, and then sand it.
(For a more complete tutorial, follow the link above, this is more of a show-off post. I will, however, go into more detail when it comes to the stenciling, as we did it a bit differently.)
Liz then printed off some clip-art stencils that she liked. We put (red) duct tape down where the stenciling would go, and then attached the stencils on top of it.
Carefully we cut around the edges with a razor blade (an X-acto knife would have been nicer, but mine is hiding).
Liz tried to scare me by screaming, but I just snapped this great picture before making sure she was alright. Luckily, she was fine. And I laughed way too hard.
Then we pulled off the paper and carefully pried the excess duct tape from around the edges of the stencil- much like making sugar cookies or gingerbread- only in those cases it would be excess dough, not tape. And we didn’t eat the tape.
With masking tape, we then covered all the parts we didn’t want painted, like the screws and such. We also covered the wires and all with a plastic baggie.
Then Liz and Steve took turns spray-painting the mixer with black appliance paint. I hid from the fumes.
Open it up to get every little nook and cranny.
Tada!! Didn’t it turn out beautifully? Liz is really excited about it. Mom thinks we are paint-happy.
Mom is right, but thats okay! We’re not finished with the spray paint yet, stay tuned!!
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