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Topic: Custom Kitchenaid Mixer: Hawaii 5-0 Edition (lots o' pics!)  (Read 30558 times)
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« on: January 09, 2011 05:12:23 PM »

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. Smiley 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!

I even signed it. Smiley


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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2011 05:19:26 PM »

What a great find, but soooo much better after the refurb! Even my husband loves it!

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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2011 05:19:40 PM »

i am totally jealous right now!  how awesome and only $5!!   wht a cool paint job to. you rock!

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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2011 05:35:38 PM »

This is so cool!  You did an awesome job on this.  Love it! Smiley

« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2011 05:36:44 PM »

that's the coolest thing I've seen in quite a while!  Makes my citron kitchenaid look boooring!
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2011 05:49:51 PM »

that's awesome! 

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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2011 05:51:34 PM »

Gorgeous! You have such fantastic patience painting on all those many many coats of paint Shocked!! You should definitely be proud of your work on this beauty! This totally rocks ^_^
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2011 05:54:12 PM »

AWESOME!  I love the teal blue, and the total retroness of the mixer.  What a fantastic thing to have!

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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2011 05:54:57 PM »

Kudos to you for scoring such a deal at $5 bucks!  I love the retro color, and the hand drawn flowers, but I think my favorite is the layering and striping!  I bet it makes you happy when you use it!

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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2011 06:02:14 PM »

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. Sad

I'm super-happy my Craftster peeps aren't like that! I'm off to go make dinner with my nifty mixer right now. Smiley

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