25 June 2007 @ 10:47 am
Painting a Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer  
My boss recently gave me a Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer, just because (I know, best boss ever) and I love it. It came with literally almost all the attachments and its phenomenal.

But its from the 70's and its one of the old, really heavy models (forgive my lack of knowledge about the mixers). It was originally a light cream color, like this:

but it has the metal detailing. However, years of use have turned it kind of dingy and spotty and I dont particularly like the cream color anyways. And i fear that what i'm asking may be a mortal sin in the kitchen world, but is there a way to paint it? I just want to make it look like the shiny amazing machine that it is :)

Any suggestions? Or should I just not even go near it?

wine me, dine mewinemedineme on June 25th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
Alton Brown took his to a body shop and they painted spider flames on it-- I'm sure a body shop could just repaint it for you.
meggy tahbringthefunk on June 25th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
this is exactly why i am on a quest to make alton brown my husband.

do you know what kind of paint they would use? i love the suggestion but im very cheap and very DIY!
sea swimming girlaerostatic on June 25th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
You could probably find websites that sell kits and small amounts of paint and even stencils (were you so AB inclined since he is so awesome) to create your own designs. My bf's dad has a bike shop where he fixes/customizes cycles and about two years ago, his mom decided to try the stenciling to see how it turned out. She bought some kits online and their customers (super serious biker guys) have been really happy with the custom designs.
wine me, dine mewinemedineme on June 25th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
I would vote that if you were having the whole thing painted to do it professionally-- it wouldn't be too expensive, and for something like that the results would be far superior to anything you do yourself.

The suggestion for stenciling below sounds good, and cheaper. Me, if I were redoing the whole thing, I'd prefer not to mess up my mixer and make it worse than it was before :)
mentally unstable like a fox: Cookingwordplay on June 25th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
If you decide not to mess with paints but dig the flames, there are always the decal kits. (And check out the 'pictures' link on that page to see some gorgeous painted mixers.)
Emilygreeneyednobody on June 25th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
If you do take it to a body shop, let us know what their reaction is! LOL.
tellicherry on June 25th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
My fiancee has had good luck with this automotive spray paint: http://www.automotivetouchup.com/spray_paint.asp

It goes on nice and fine. You'll probably want to sand your mixer first with fine grade sandpaper before you start painting.
kewlkewlnonutz on June 25th, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC)
there is a good_eats community on LJ. i KNOW this was brought up on there a few months ago.... and i think that "flames" was specifically written in one of the posts. you might be able to find it, using "flames" as a keyword...
kewlkewlnonutz on June 25th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
i cant find the one i am thinking of. maybe it was in a different community. i suck. anywya, one suggestion is hitting up a motorcycle shop -- they will have smaller decals which might be suited to the size of the KA.
everything_is_freei_custard on June 25th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
if you can find an airbrush artist that is probably the best. that's what alton's looks like to me.
Sarah Lynsarar on June 25th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing you'd need to sand the old paint off and use a primer to make it nice and glossy rather than matte.
Eiannamisseianna on June 25th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
I second what someone else said above.

My husband made decals (vinyl stickers) for my mixer.

Bubblesbeezelbubbles on June 25th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
I reccomend checking out this discussion thread: http://forum.kitchenaid.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=870 it has instructions on custom painting a kitchenaid mixer down to disassembly. You may also want to check out craftster.org as the folks there are pretty awesome about advice and nifty ideas.