How to: Paint Your Kitchen Aid Mixer

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I love Saturdays.  Don’t you?  Saturdays with nothing planned, when you can look around your house and think, “what should I do today?”  Today was just that kind of day, and I have already done 2 things I’ve wanted to do for a while.  This first thing I did was paint my old Kitchen Aid mixer.  This mixer is over 30 years old and works like a champ. My parents got it as a wedding present and it reminds me of my childhood.  Then my mom got an awesome, huge, sturdy Viking mixer and it went into storage.  I rediscovered it when I got an apartment in college and it became my mixer. Now, this mixer was cute, and I was lucky to have it, but who doesn’t want a colored mixer like Monica had in friends?  Just me? Well either way I hadn’t even thought about painting it until recently, and now its all I could think about.

Therefore, an open Saturday meant I could finally paint it.  AND a perk of living with the rents is that they had paint and supplies galore, so it cost me nada.  My mom had recently bought some “john deer yellow” spray paint, and it was perfect.

I apologize in advance for my lack of before pictures, and a couple of steps throughout, but I was in the zone!  I started out by cleaning it the best I could (30 years of baking can really build up). Then I took a hand sander to it and buffed it just so there was no shine, and took off all parts that I could.

I took a toothpick around all of the crevices and picked off as much grime as I could.


I then taped off all parts that I did not want to be painted, mostly just the metal parts and screws.  Then I was going to take a picture, and responded to a few text messages instead (whoops!).  Then I just started spraying.  Did I mention I love spray paint?  So easy and quick, and with a proper tape job it can make you look like you know what you’re doing!  Fantastic

Then I just left it to dry for about 30 minutes (and tried to keep my dog from wagging her tail on it). After the wait, which I filled with my next project, I took the tape off and put the parts back together, and voila! Cutest. mixer. ever.  Just the pop of color any kitchen needs!!

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  1. I did this project and it turned out fabulous. It has given my mixer new life. I like to keep it on my counter top and now I can change the look of my kitchen. Don’t hesitate to try, just be sure to sand off all of the gloss and you are good to go.

  2. SO glad I found this post! My aunt recently passed along her old Kitchenaid workhorse to me when she bought a new one (lucky duck!) and it desperately needs some TLC. I’ve got my eye on “Caterpillar Yellow”, some Martha Stewart paintable clings, and I’ll have to replace the metal band with the Kitchenaid logo. Now I can’t wait to gussy the old girl up!

  3. Just curious how the paint is holding up almost 2 years later? It looks great and I’m soooo tempted to do this to mine. I just want to know that it’s gonna last.

  4. Hello!
    So I recently purchased a KitchenAid mixer at a garage sale. I was old, rusted, and just need a lot of work appearance wise. It worked great! I googled “How to paint my KitchenAid mixer” and your tutorial popped up. I followed it step by step and it came out AWESOME! But then when I brought it in the house to use for the first time, it didn’t work anymore 🙁 Did you have this problem? Our mixers look about the same age… Just wondering if you had this problem or might have an idea of what might be wrong. My dream had almost come true!! 🙁


  5. I really liked the idea, ours is red, first red thing I ever owned as I was in John Deere business at a dealership 28 years and still wear green under ware. Rust Oleum is good paint I’m wondering if regular John Deere Yellow would turn out as good? Did anybody try that? GB

  6. I am very happy to found this post! My cousin recently passed along her old Kitchenaid factotum to me when she purchased a new one (lucky duck 🙂 and it greatly needs some TLC. i have got my eye on “Caterpillar Yellow”, some Martha Stewart paintable clings, and I’ll have to replace the metal band with the Kitchenaid logo.

  7. Hope you see this since this post is so old but I’m thinking of spray painting my mixer this upcoming weekend and was wondering how long this lasted? I don’t have to paint mine, but I want to, haha. And if this is the real deal I’m excited!