And not just for your superb paint job but also for the amount of food you made (and are still making) with it as well. I bow before thee!
You really know how to make your money work for you!
Thanks! I love to cook, and I use my mixer on average a few times a week. I used to have a Sunbeam Mixmaster, and I burnt out the motor that one AND it's replacement because they just couldn't handle all the use. Finally I decided not to waste any more money on cheap mixers and held out until I could afford a KA. I anticipated having to save my pennies for ages, but ended up finding this one in just a few weeks. Nearly everything we cook is homegrown or made from scratch, so there's even times when I use it a few times a day. I'm just glad I have one that works now.
Oh, someone earlier asked about it being retrofitted- it still had the repair tag, and it was done by a local appliance repair and handyman. You know, one of those old shops filled with dusty, rusty bits and bobs where old men hang out and play chess while drinking coffee, and are surprised when someone walks in? It was a place like that.
I called and asked what they had done to it after I got it, and after digging through the records (no computer), he said about 7 years ago they cleaned, adjusted, and completely rewired it, and swapped out the orbital head for a modern one, and included the order of a modern whisk, beater, and dough hook. They charged about $30 at the time, and when I called, he said "why, it givin' you a problem? If it is, you bring it in and I'll make it straight, no charge."
To answer some questions, the paints I used are a combination of Winsor and Newton, gloss medium, and Folkart High Gloss. I didn't buy specialty paints, I just used what I had, which are not professional, but good quality and high-flow nonetheless (a thick paint wouldn't have worked well, and probably would've left brush strokes). I guess it might've been a good idea to look into enamels, but I didn't think about it until someone mentioned it here!
I sealed the mixer with Krylon clear high-gloss appliance paint, which is food and heat safe. It takes a while to dry, so at first it had a rubbery, stretchy feel that I didn't like and was sure would scratch, but after a few days it hardened up just as I wanted.
I've used it three times since the sealant hardened, and it's wiped clean and remained unchipped. I want to note that I didn't paint the orbital revolver or the hinge- you can kind of see the white in the pic. Those were high-wear areas that I didn't want to keep touching up.
Someone asked about the quality of the mixer bowl and attachments- the bowl isn't polished steel like the new ones, it's anodized and as thick and heavy as cast iron. The new bowls won't work with this one because they changed the bowl-locking mechanism at some point. Anyway, the quality is great, but it has a dark matte finish that admittedly is a little blah next to the new bowls. It's a little scuffed, but is such a beast that I'm certain it would damage a truck if one tried to run it over, LOL.
For anyone that wants to pimp their newer mixer without taking off the finish, there's a person who sells custom stick-on KA mixer decals that are pretty cool. http://flameka.com/default.aspx
Thanks again for all the compliments, I'm glad everyone loves it!
You bet it does! I think the food even tastes better! Thanks everyone for the compliments. This is my first time to post a project, and I was a little nervous- when I was researching how to customize the mixer, all I could find were these terribly negative sites that basically said customized mixers were stupid, and so were the people who liked them.
I'm super-happy my Craftster peeps aren't like that! I'm off to go make dinner with my nifty mixer right now.
So a few weeks ago I scored a Kitchenaid Mixer at an estate sale for $5. You read that right, $5. It's 64 years old, and has been totally retrofitted with new wiring and a new beater assembly, so it uses modern attachments. It also was a pretty lame, beat up, stained, chipped somewhat varying shade of white.
I decided I'd customize it, but not until I put it through its paces. A quart of whipped cream, three cakes, two batches brownies, 14 dozen various kinds of cookies, 2 meatloves, 2 batches pizza dough, and 16 3-lb loaves of bread (whole wheat, honey oat, cinnamon raisin, and sweet white) later, it has flawlessly earned it's shiny new coat. Oh, and I accidentally dropped in a metal mixing cup while it was on high, and it shredded the metal and shot it out of the bowl, without even pretending like it was any trouble. <3!
I sanded the whole mixer first, used all acrylic paints and sealant, and painted everything with a brush by hand (good paints + good brushes = no brush strokes). The sealant is sprayed on.
OK, on to the process shots. Before shot, plain white (chrome already masked off).
Next is after I got 10 coats of teal acrylic laid down.
Purple racing stripes added, about 5 coats each, using masking tape to get lines nice.
I free-handed the flowers, which took way longer than I thought it would, simply because of how many coats of paint they needed (a stencil would've made it a little easier). They needed about 10 coats, and I'm still not totally satisfied with the coverage, but not so dissatisfied that I wanted to wipe it off and start over. I finished with endless coats of a high-gloss, acrylic diamond-finish sealant that is very hard and food-safe. I love my little mixer, I love the color scheme, I love how it works, I love it!
Wow!! Your skirt shapes are so flattering, do you use a pattern, or did you just wing it? Would you be willing to post a tute? I think you look amazing and beautiful, and have great style! We have the same figure, and I've recently discovered skirts too- I love your look, and I'd love to copy it, lol.
I was wondering if it would be possible to add a mouseover alt-tag/alt-attribute to the thumbnail pics for featured projects, hot new projects, etc that are on the home page or within each category, that say what the thread title is when the mouse is hovered over the pic? For instance, if I hovered the mouse over the pic of the girl in the red dress (under hot new projects on the home page), a tag would pop up with the thread title "my first clothing line! (picture explosion)."
The reason I ask is because the site has a lot of "stuff;" a big banner, lots of side bars, a ton of pics etc that take forever to load. This isn't a bad thing in itself, but can be frustrating when I'm trying to view the newest threads. Sometimes I'm in a hurry and just want to view threads that directly interest me, but I end up having to spend a lot of time weeding through the threads because the thumbnails don't always give a clues as to what the thread is about. I end up clicking on a thread that I want to come back to later, but then have to commit to waiting out the load time for both the thread and the home page again. I have the super fast internet, too!
Anyway, the alt-tag would at least give us an idea of what we will see if we click on a pic, and I for one think that would be nice. I don't know if this will work in a WYSIWYG (rather than HTML) post, but here's an example of what I mean (also here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alt_attribute).
<span title="ISN'T THIS SOOOOOO COOL!"><b>HOVER YOUR MOUSE HERE.</b></span>
The result should be the phrase "hover your mouse here," and when you do, the tag that pops up should say "isn't this sooooo cool!" Anyway, thanks for making this such a great site, 200K strong, way to go!
Hi all, I've been lurking as a guest for ages, then lurking as a member for ages, and I've decided that's quite enough of that! I have been so inspired by the creativity I see here! I'm really into sewing, painting, trying to learn knitting, and dabble in pretty much everything else. I'm a musician by day, and something of an urban hippy. I can't wait to get to know everyone, and post some projects of my own!
Yay for crafty types! I lurked here forever, then joined and lurked as a member forever. I've made about a million awesome things in that time, many inspired by what I learned here! I need to be more active!