Do you have a KitchenAid stand mixer that just doesn’t match the rest of your kitchen anymore? I sure did. My dad bought this mixer for my mom probably 15 years ago and she gave it to me. My fiancé Ryan and I just bought a house where everything is light gray, and the red was a little abrasive looking. Going through and building my wedding registry, I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be nice to have a new mixer in a more modern color? Then I realized how absurd that thought was. I had a perfectly good piece of equipment in perfect working condition that just needed a cosmetic change.
So, of course I asked Ryan if this was something we could do. And by “we”, I mean he took the reins on the project, but I peeled the tape off, okay???
All you need is painters tape, Rustoleum glossy spray paint, and an exacto knife to cut the tape into specific shapes.
Give your mixer a good clean with soap and water, and allow it to dry completely.
Unscrew the attachment hub on the front of the mixer and remove. Keep the screw in a safe place for reattaching this later.
Remove the cap on the back of the mixer’s motor to paint separately
Apply painters tape to everything that isn’t the original color – we taped all of the chrome pieces, screws, the black screws on either side of the top, the power cord, and the levers. Remember, anything you spray will be the new color. Keeping the original chrome is the key to making the final product look so good!
Once you’re ready to paint, be sure to set up in a well ventilated area. Protect the ground or surface you’re painting on with a drop cloth (or recycled moving box like we did in the picture below). Do quick, even sprays with the Rustoleum spray paint. Be sure to spray all surfaces and the back motor cap.
Allow the first coat to dry for approximately 3-4 hours or overnight. Apply a second coat and allow to dry an additional several hours.
Peel the painters tape off, and use a small paintbrush to touch up any spots that did not get hit with the blasts of spray paint.
Optional: coat with an additional 2 layers of Rustoleum clear coat enamel.
Turning 27 is kinda sad. I’m creeping closer to 30 than 20 and the next milestone birthdays just sound archaic. But you know what’s even more sad? Turning 27 during a global pandemic in which I am unable to go out to brunch and get embarrassingly drunk to celebrate (read: mourn) turning one year older. So, in spirit of my fleeting youth, I’ve been trying my very best to make cocktails at home with what I have around the house. You’d be surprised to know you probably have all of the ingredients for a Bloody Mary in your fridge & pantry.
The key to building a good bloody is to not be afraid of mouth-punching flavors. You need warmth and spice, you need acid, and you need bold, savory, umami ingredients. Think of the funkiest jars of stuff you have in your fridge – old jar of horseradish or spicy mustard? Perfect. Kim Chi? Even better. No soy or Worcesteshire sauce but there’s a near-empty bottle of A1 steak sauce on the bottom shelf? Throw it in there. You really can’t go wrong.
This Pickle + Old Bay Bloody Mary is a good representation of my lack of desire to go to the grocery store for more “traditional” bloody ingredients. But you know what? It’s so delicious, it’ll change the way you structure your condiment stash and spice cabinet contents.