Confession, I am a huge procrastinator. This is not a new trait. I have been like this my whole life. I defiantly work better under pressure. Some days it works to my advantage, other days I’m a crazy person! Jolene and I had a super crazy busy week a few weeks ago. We had t-shirts going out, a craft fair we were prepping for, a photographer coming to our houses, and a death in the family. It was not the time to start 4 painting projects I had on my to do list for way too long. But, alas, nothing like a deadline to get you going! Remember this post when I sewed a million pillows in one day? That was happening again…except this time I was up to my eyeballs in paint.
I have been dying to paint my KitchenAid Mixer for awhile now. It matched great in my kitchen when I had a more primitive style. Now the barn red stood out too much. So this was the day. I collected all my supplies and went to work.
Here is what you need:
- Painter’s tape
- Exacto knife
- Sanding blocks (fine grit)
- An All Purpose Cleaner
- Rustoleum Gloss Protective Enamel (you pick color!)
- Rustoleum Crystal Clear Enamel Glossy Finish
First, thing is clean every crevice! I just used my kitchen spray and sponge. After it’s clean, take a sanding block and rough up the finish. I know it’s scary! You can do it though. Make sure you wipe off the dust. Than I started taking all the screws out and taping it off with painter’s tape. Hint***take a picture of your screws so you know how to put back together! I used this tutorial to help knowing what plates could be removed, and the best way to tape. Use an exacto knife to make clean cuts around the little screws.
Now it’s time to get painting. I used this one from Home Depot. I tend to be a heavy spray painter, so this time I slowed down and did three light coats of spray, giving it time to dry in between. It was a little tricky with the neck of the KitchenAid extended. You really have to be careful with the drips in that spot. So slow down, and do light coats. Here is another confession for you…boy this feels good. I spray paint inside. I know, Jolene is constantly yelling at me and my husband almost had a heart attack when he saw my floor. The windows and doors were open, so it was all good.
So while that was drying, I decided to paint the trim around our french doors, repaint my coffee station dresser, repaint the little piece of furniture holding our trash can, and finish painting the upstairs bathroom door. See, nothing like a deadline to get you going.
Ok, back to the mixer. Once you have your color on, grab your finish spray. I used this one, again from Home Depot. Here is were I wished I slowed down and took more time. I followed the back of the can to a tee and I didn’t see anything about sanding in between coats so I didn’t. Looking back, I think I should have. The finish is a little rough on mine, which I’m assuming is air bubbles. I should have lightly sanded in between coats of gloss.
All and all I love the new look of my mixer. Defiantly worth it! I love knowing when I get sick of the turquiose, I can easily change it up! I’m also loving how my coffee station came out. So grab some spray paint and let’s see it.
Here is my little coffee station. You can read here about the day Jolene and I dragged my son’s dresser down the stairs for this space!