Painting the KitchenAid

I liked John‘s and Woodstock‘s suggestion of decorating an otherwise boring home appliance. I called Krylon, makers of Paint That Sticks To Anything, and got some recommendations on the type to look for. Based on the cost and my lack of artistic merit in this sort of endeavor, I don’t think the flames motif would work. I have some ideas that I’d like to toss out for opinion…

This is the Alton Brown model, for comparison. A decal wouldn’t hold up to the cleaning the mixer endures. I don’t think I could do the paint job. If I tried something similar there would be two color flames with no blending.
This is an attempt at doing airplane-like “nose art” on a household appliance. It would take two colors (red & white). Multiple layers are required. Maybe even some (gasp) mixing of color!
The Holstein look would be pretty easy to do on the top. For illustrative purposes, I’ve added it on the base. One color (white).
This is a completely different color that I should probably not admit would match the kitchen very well. It’s one color, very easy to do if it’s just the top. Red or blue would also match the kitchen.

Thoughts or further suggestions?

11 thoughts on “Painting the KitchenAid”

  1. Rather than flames, you could go to the auto parts store and pick up some pinstriping. Thise decals are meant to survive anything. . .

  2. OMG, the nose art one just screams JIM to me. You have to ask??? šŸ™‚

  3. I think the blender would be thoroughly intimidated if the nose-art mixer moved in next door. The little one votes for pink, of course, but the “strange” one get’s her second choice vote.

  4. If you want the card of a friend of mine who does custom car paint (also computer cases, cell phones, etc.), y’know, if you wanted to go all pearly and fade-y, lemme know. Might be a tad more spendy than rattle-can, tho’.

  5. Doug in Exile

    I’d go for the nose art as well, but why stop with the Flying Tiger motif? There are much more provocative examples in the ‘get your biscuits in the oven…etc,etc.’ genre. Plus you get to have fun daydreams while the bagel dough slowly destroys your recently repaired appliance!

  6. Related to Steve’s comment was another relayed to me today:

    Iā€™m not sure I need to paint my mixer to make me love it more (though if I get tempted, which is possible, Iā€™d be all over that cow motif), but Iā€™m wondering what kind of paintjob I could put on my washer and dryer to make laundry more fun. Iā€™m envisioning a dinosaur for my dryer, with the front-loading door as its mouth

    Oh, the possibilities with such a large canvas.

  7. Does this mean that the repair job was a success? Or are you still waiting for parts?

    The nose-art reminds me of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine movie. šŸ™‚

  8. Paint…wait…paint the washer and dryer? I think I’m having one of those ephiphany moments they talk about in conjunction with religious conversions. (Is it necessary to mention that I loathe our 15+ year-old washer and dryer set?)

    I feel a trip to the hardware store coming on. And I still vote for hot rod flames. šŸ™‚

  9. Kiri – yep, all done with the mechanical aspects. It’s all about bling, now. It’s been suggested that I change the white tailcone to red, going for a Mondrian effect.

    Woodstock – I hope you will post photos of your Dryer Makeover. You know how I feel about dryers šŸ™‚

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