I Painted My KitchenAid Stand Mixer — Here’s How It’s Holding Up 5 Years Later

updated Mar 22, 2020
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Credit: Ashley Poskin

A few years ago, my mom and I found an old KitchenAid stand mixer at a thrift store for cheap — cost-of-take-out cheap. It was in good shape, but kind of an undesirable flesh-colored hue, which was likely why it had been marked at such a low price. We brought it home and stuck it in storage, only to be dragged out around the holidays for baking or the occasional mashing of potatoes.

I wanted to use it more often, though, so I lugged it out of storage and set it on the countertop. But it was so, so ugly. So I decided to paint it to match my cute little vintage refrigerator. I figured if I screwed up, I was out 12 bucks and up one lesson learned. A price I was willing to pay. Well, it’s been five years since I painted it, and here’s what it looks like now.

Credit: Ashley Poskin

It looks as good as the day it was painted! It survived a pretty big move, unscathed, and gets quite a bit of action around birthdays and holidays. I’m not especially careful when using it, but I’m also not banging into it with sharp objects, or things that could effectively chip away at the finish.

In all my years of experience painting things (testing the limits of things that should and should not be painted), I believe this has been so successful because I sanded the appliance really well, primed it, painted it, and sealed it. And I let the paint cure for more time than was recommended. I’m not usually a detail person, but I was sure to pay attention to every little thing when painting this mixer.

Credit: Ashley Poskin

I’ve gone back and read a few of the comments from my original post and an issue people seemed to have had was that the spray paint wasn’t “food grade.” This was a risk I was willing to take, because no food objects were actually coming into contact with the paint. If by chance some food happens to get on the painted part while I’m using it, I just wipe it off and discard it. From what I’ve read about spray paint VOC’s, it seems like most will off-gas within the first six months — and I’d hardly used it in that amount of time so I stand by my choice.

Paint is one of the most cost effective ways to spice up your home, from walls to appliances (just be sure you’re painting in a well-ventilated area and taking proper safety precautions). If you’re considering painting your mixer — I wholeheartedly recommend it!

Would you ever paint your stand mixer? Have you? How’d it go?!