KitchenAid DIY

Recently I broke, yet ANOTHER glass KitchenAid measuring bowl. Those things aren’t cheap! I considered giving up and just sticking with the silver metal bowls that come with the mixer, but I leave my KitchenAid out in the counter and I really love the sparkle of the glass.

I started hunting around online hoping for a sale….. and that’s when things went bad. First I found these gorgeous white, textured mixing bowls. *gasp* Sure, they were even more expensive than the glass bowls that I’ve been breaking…… but I just had to have one! So I stared searching for where I could buy the white bowl.

That’s when I found the white hobnail bowl was a special edition sold only with a special edition KitchenAid mixer. Of course! Oh, but that mixer… it was such a lovely shade of slate blue…. and I wanted it. BAD

I tried to convince my husband that I needed this blue mixer, but he reminded me that I actually had not one, but TWO KitchenAid mixers already. The fact that they were red and not slate blue didn’t sway him in the least. I pouted half heartedly for a bit and then turned to Pinterest. I wondered if I could paint one of my red mixers.

Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who wanted to change the color of her KitchenAid mixer. Pinterest assured me that it could be done…. easy peasy.

Pinterest has led me wrong a time or two in the past, but I read several DIYs and really thought it was manageable. So…..

I started tearing my mixer apart. Eeewww! I thought I kept it really clean, but apparently gook can get into places you wouldn’t have expected. I used Dawn dish soap to clean the gook and Goo Gone to remove the adhesive after I took the warning sticker off the back of the stand.

There really aren’t a lot of pieces to remove and it all came apart quite easily.

Using a piece of 220 grit sandpaper, I gently sanded the ‘shine’ off the mixer.

Next I wiped the mixer down and cleaned off all the paint dust. Then I taped all the bits that I didn’t want painted. This was one of the most challenging parts of the project! I tore small pieces of Frog Tape and covered the screw heads. Then I used a utility knife to trim the tape to fit.

Some of the DIYs that I read suggested using a primer and others said that they didn’t use primer and it turned out fine. I figured that I should error on the side of overkill, since I use my mixer frequently and it is red and might be a hard color to cover.

The two coats of primer went on beautifully and dried smooth.

I chose Rustoleum 2X Slate Blue spray paint to mimic the color of the special edition mixer that started this whole project.

I was not as thrilled with the finished texture of the blue, so between coat one and two, I sanded it lightly. The third coat covered beautifully, but still had a slightly rough texture. I’m not sure what caused the slight texture, but honestly, I didn’t hate it. It was a consistent, slight texture. Almost like a ‘hammered’ texture. I was planning to paint the top coat with a clear satin coat, so I wasn’t too worried about the texture. If I’d been using a high gloss I think it might have been more of a concern… the shine might have been odd.

Ta Da! I am SO in love with the color and I just adore the white bowl. I’ll update this post in the future and let you know how the paint holds up.

A Hoarder’s Validation

IMG_6651This was exactly the kind of project that Brian hates…. a perfect Pinterest project… the kind that validates my hoarder tendencies.

When we renovated our kitchen I was having trouble “seeing” the cabinet that Brian and the designer liked.  They were showing me two sample doors… One in the style they had chosen and another in a different style, but in the color they liked.  I just couldn’t see it.  I’ll admit, that by this point in the renovation I was pretty maxed out… too many choices, too many decisions, and way too many months of work (We did most of the work ourselves.).  The designer took pity on me and ordered a sample door in the style and color that she and Brian had chosen.  (Wondering why I wasn’t making the choices?  Brian likes “modern” and I like “old”… like Victorian…. We’d agreed that he got to make the kitchen choices and I got to make the master bedroom/bathroom choices.  That was actually the designer’s idea!  We both like the other’s choices, but would never pick them out ourselves…. it worked for us at any rate.)

So here I had this sample door that I got to take home and drag around to compare to tile and paint chips and granite… and it ended up getting moved around for a month or two…. then it disappeared.  I came across it some time later in the basement and Brian tried to throw it away.  I wanted to keep it if for no other reason than it was pretty and wood and I figured I’d think of something to do with it someday.  So I hid it in my craft room until I came across an idea on Pinterest to paint cabinet doors with chalkboard paint.

Brian always gets annoyed with my Pinterest Projects because he says that you have to go out and buy twenty different things to make them because no one except for this one blogger has this stuff lying around their house.  Well… today, I am that blogger.  Ha!  I made this chalkboard door without having to buy anything (except an entirely new kitchen to get this sample door…). IMG_6654

I had the door and the ribbon in my craft room… the flower came off another project that was being cannibalized for something else, I already had the stand (I think it’s supposed to be a decorative plate stand?  I have no idea where that came from.) and the chalkboard paint was given to me.  Ha!  The only thing I didn’t have on hand was chalk…. but I’m pretty sure Mom has some… so it is still a perfect project!  I used things that I already had and turned them into something cute. I have no idea what we will write on it… I’d like to say we’ll write cute little love notes like on the blog where I saw the idea originally… but we’ll probably just write things like “Buy bacon” or other important messages…

Now I can use this project as an example of why I need to hang on to all the other weird odds and ends that I like to collect and stash in the basement.  Some husband is out there cursing me right now… and I have encouraged another aspiring hoarder/crafter….. *sigh*  🙂