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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34 replies
  1. dmm says:

    Kelsey, Your Kitchen Aid mixer project is WONderful. . . great color and it looks like new!! Thanks for the step by step instructions; very helpful. Great blog, I’ll read it often. . .
    V Best,
    Lindsey’s Mom

  2. Glo DeRosia says:

    Oh my gosh, I love your blog. It is very well done. Loved the mixer project! You do such wonderful desserts. I just wish I could fly you to Milwaukee in November to do the groom’s special cake. Keep up the good work, I will sure enjoy reading your adventures.

  3. Krissy says:

    Kels!! I planned on going to bed a while ago but your site is so adorable. I wish I had a kitchen aid I could paint now haha

  4. Abby says:

    Oh my goodness, I found this link on Pinterest and I am so excited to try it! I, too, inherited an old yucky Kitchen Aid from my mom and I have been been dying to paint it (but wasn’t sure if it could be done!) This is definitely going on my must-do list. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Christy says:

    Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon
    every day. It’s always exciting to read content from other authors and practice a little something from their web sites.

  6. Maddie says:

    I just found this and I cannot wait to do the same thing to my mixer! I’ve wanted a yellow Kitchenaid forever! I just wondered how the paint was holding up, and if you’d tried to clean it after you painted it. Also, do you think the coverage of the spray paint is pretty good? My mixer is currently navy, so I’m trying to go from a darker color to a lighter color.

    • Kelsey says:

      I have cleaned it and it hold up nicely! I also think the paint I used was good because it is ment for “farm equipment” so it is good on metal machinery. I think you should be fine painting a navy mixer as well, as long as you sand it well. You may have to do two coats, just make sure they are not too thick. Good luck and I hope it turns out well!!

  7. Dianne says:

    Hey Kelsey,
    My Kitchenaid mixer is probably the same vintage as yours, it’s also inherited and works just great. I’ve been lusting after a blue one as I just re-did my kitchen, but buying a new Kitchenaid for $350.00 is not an option. I contacted Rustoleum. They do make appliance spray paint, but only in a few rather blah colors, however they said that using the farm equipment paint that you used is perfectly safe. They have a color called Ford blue that will work just fine for me. Thanks for the inspiration, your helpful tips and also congratulations on a really jazzy makeover.

  8. Stacy says:

    I was at Target the other day and saw a Bubble Gum Pink Kitchen Aide Mixer! I told my daughter, “I HAVE to have that!” But I already have a kitchen aid mixer that’s white. I think I am going to be a daredevil and try it in the PINK! Thanks so much for this information! (I asked my hubby if he thought I could spray paint the mixer and he said no) Too bad for him, I search it on the internet! Yay! Thanks again!

  9. amy says:

    Hi, just wondering how your Kitchenaid Mixer paint job is holding up. I am just about ready to paint mine and am hoping to get feedback on how the farm equip. paint has performed.

  10. Dannii says:


    Just wondering if sanding the mixer makes it rough after you spray paint it?? or do u use something over the top of the paint to make it shinny??
    also what did you use to sand it??
    thankyou 😀

  11. Stephanie says:

    This is so awesome!!! Some questions was the mixer still smooth after you painted it? Did you use a sealer? What was the grit of sandpaper did you use? Its been about 11 months how has the paint held up? Please answer I would love to paint my silver one teal.

  12. megan says:

    thank you for taking the time to document and post this. i am feeling empowered and will soon repaint my vintage K5-A that my mom used to make her own soap (which involved lye and many other paint-peeling ingredients!!!) So excited!

  13. Rachel says:

    Hi all! Rustoleum was great for overall paintining but I found a website, that sells touch up paint for KitchenAids! It worked great for little scratches and didn’t require me to repaint the entire mixer. Happy Painting!

  14. Kellie says:

    Hi, I am wondering if you were able o remove the chrome bowl clamp easily after removing the 3 screws. My mixer is from 1986 and I removed the screws and I can’t get it off of the base. I am going to repaint my almond mixer with the John Deere green paint and then I am going to apply Scooby Doo vinyl decals to it. I hope it comes out like I’m envisioning it!

  15. Tanya says:

    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.

  16. Nancy says:

    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!

  17. Jess says:

    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.

  18. Lindsay S. says:

    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!! 🙁


  19. Garver Brown says:

    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

  20. Building Wraps says:

    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.


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