First of all… HAPPY WEEKEND! What gorgeous weather we have today. To those of you who celebrate, Happy Easter! We’ve been a little quiet on the blog this last week but that’s because there has been a lot going on. We’ve been thinking about making a bit of a change lately (and I’m not talking about the little prank I pulled earlier this month… Sorry about that. I just couldn’t resist) but we’ve been busy evaluating things around the house and in our lives a bit while working on some little projects and making plans for what’s to come. I’m excited to show you one of those little projects I’ve been working on and give you some ideas for an inexpensive appliance update of your own.

Last year, Joe found the steal of the century and snagged me up a used KitchenAid mixer for next to nothing. By next to nothing, I actually mean almost nothing, like almost no money at all. Crazy right!? I feel like these mixers are little kitchen gems that if you don’t have one, you want one and if you do have one, it’s always sitting out lookin’ all pretty on your counters like kitchen jewelry. Luckily, my very smart husband knew I certainly would not have objected to calling one mine. inexpensive appliance update

They’re timeless, solid and overall just really pretty, as far as kitchen appliances go, and I don’t think many of us gals would pass up the chance to have one of our own. Here’s the thing though, they’re NOT cheap. Not by a long shot. And while I could totally find a way to justify that hefty price tag if I was a master baker, I’m FAR from that. I like to think I’m pretty good in the kitchen and while I usually come out on top when it comes to breakfast, lunch, and dinner…baking and I don’t get along…at all.

Let’s just say, if I was a contestant on Chopped, I would probably bow out of the dessert round, shocking Ted Allen, and saying goodbye to the chance at $10,000. Welp.

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So, for that reason, I never really thought buying one would  be in the cards. Spending the money on something I would rarely use (and would probably result in a sad, sad attempt at dessert) just wouldn’t have made sense, which is why when Joe walked in the door holding it and the clouds opened up and the angels sang down from the heavens I was really excited.

After she sat out on my kitchen counter for a few days and the excitement of new KitchenAid mixer ownership died down a bit, I realized that had I had the choice of colors, I definitely wouldn’t have chosen this bright cobalt-ish blue. Not that I was complaining, I swear I wasn’t, but in a perfect would I probably would have picked a different one. In that perfect world, I also would have had to pay $300+…wait, perfect worlds don’t exist?!

In the pictures, the blue is coming off a lot more navy than what it really is (and making me look super picky in the process) but it’s actually a really bright purpley-blue. I took some pictures outside to try to convey the true color to you (yep, I’m just that crazy neighbor lady photographing her mixer in the back yard) and you can see it a little better but the real color still doesn’t come across. Apparently this blue is very photogenic. I tried finding the color on the KitchenAid website but it doesn’t look like it’s even available anymore but, whatever, you get the picture. It’s a blue I don’t love. inexpensive appliance updateI didn’t really do anything about it in the meantime. I wasn’t crazy about the color but it wasn’t that urgent. I didn’t really think there was anything I could do anyway so it didn’t seem like a big deal. I wasn’t trying to ruin it or anything so there it sat, still looking pretty but slightly purpley-blue in my kitchen for a year. I used it a few times, I swear.

So, I asked myself “Self, have you considered painting your KitchenAid mixer???”

And then I saw this at The Home Depot…

inexpensive appliance updateI figured a fresh coat of Rust-Oleum Appliance Epoxy would do the trick. You can get it in Black, White, Stainless, Almond or Biscuit finishes (although if you’re looking to update appliances, I think I would stay away from those last two options) and I decided to go with white. I really wanted a bright and fresh looking new finish and that seemed like the way to go for me. (There’s also a high-heat version, in case you’re looking to update any indoor/outdoor heat appliances like grills, stoves, etc.)

So, here’s how it all went down…

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I started by removing as much of the metal portions as possible. You could always tape over everything but, honestly, I think that would take way longer and you wouldn’t get that perfect factory finish I was looking for. Just make sure to keep track of all the screws and pieces while you paint to avoid the headache when you’re putting it back together. The unscrewing process is pretty self explanatory but you can also YouTube it up for some handy instructional videos.

kitchenaid mixer top screw

kitchenaid mixer cap removed

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Once she was totally naked (in my defense, I never said this blog was going to be G-Rated) I was able to give the whole thing, including all of the removed metal parts, a really good scrub with soap and water which is really important in getting a nice smooth finish with the paint.

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I used painters tape and an x-acto knife to cover any parts I couldn’t remove, like the metal studs and levers, that I didn’t want to be painted.

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I covered the motor in plastic wrap and just tucked it into the edges and taped the chord in a plastic bag to avoid over-spraying.

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I wanted to do a bunch of thin coats in order to avoid any bubbling or dripping. After one coat, it was looking a little scary and not as shiny as I had hoped and I was starting to question my decision, but as the coats dried and I added more, it was looking really great.

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Don’t forget to tilt the head back to make sure you get all areas. You don’t want to put it all back together just to notice you missed a spot.

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Once I was happy with the coverage, I let it try for a couple days. I wanted to make sure it was completely dry and not tacky at all before re-assembling.

kitchenaid mixer white front

Bada bing, bada boom. MUCH better.

I may not be a master baker, I may never make it past the entrée round on Chopped, but with just 1 can of spray paint, my KitchenAid mixer looks even prettier than it did before. Ahh, the little things.

mixer before and after

For more than just my KitchenAid Mixer color change project, this appliance epoxy is a great way to get an inexpensive appliance update in your house if you’re not happy with the finish/color of your old appliances. Stuck with an old almond colored fridge and not in the position to buy a new one? Instantly freshen it up with a coat of this to match your other appliances. Is the paint or finish chipping on your go-to kitchen appliance? Switch things up with a fresh new coat of paint. It’s such a great way to restore, reinvent and update your kitchen appliances quickly and on the cheap.

Do you have any appliances in need of an update in your house?


  1. Amazingly, two days ago I came across a white KitchenAid Classic (K45SS) stand mixer at our local Goodwill store for $15!!! I will admit it, I did a little “happy dance”. It came with all of it’s attachments too! Per the tag underneath the mixer, it was made/sold in 1996 but doesn’t show it’s age except for a few dings in the paint. I’ve spent most of my evening and now early AM hours reading post and blogs from people that have painted their mixers. I think I may finally be ready to do it! It has been a dream of mine since the age of 10 (I’m now 37) to have a red KitchenAid, I think it’s time to make that dream come true! Thank you so much for all of the helpful information and words of encouragement, they are definitely appreciated.

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