I finally found a little kitchen cart that was perfect for a corner in our dining room to provide extended kitchen gadget storage, plus (finally) display some of my beloved vintage Pyrex that I’ve been collecting over the last few years.
But I noticed that my KitchenAid mixer (a gift from my mom over 10 years ago) was sitting there, all non-Pyrex-like.
I love these three long pans…I used them very often in roasting, baking, and serving. I love them all stacked together with their pretty, bright colors and retro flower design that is so very Pyrex. So I thought I’d create some decals for the mixer, inspired by those colors and patterns.
I first sought vinyl in these colors and thought I’d cut some flower shapes out with my Cricut. But I couldn’t find those colors at the store, and couldn’t wait to order online! So I looked around my craft stash and thought maybe fabric would work if I coated it with Mod Podge. I found these two Amy Butler fabrics (my favorite fabric ever), and decided to use Outdoor Mod Podge. No I’m not going to use my mixer outdoors, but I thought the Outdoor formula might allow me to use a damp cloth to wipe down my mixer, should there be any flour explosions or batter splatters on it.
I cut a flower shape out of the fabric.
Coated the back with Outdoor Mod Podge
And adhered it to the “trunk” of the mixer. Oh, but first I wiped down my mixer with a solution of water and vinegar (what I use for everyday household cleaning. Okay, every other day household cleaning. Okay, every few days household cleaning.).
Then I applied a layer of Mod Podge on top to seal. I allowed it to dry for a few hours and came back and reapplied more. Note: If you mess up i.e. you apply the fabric with Mod Podge, and you decide you don’t like it, you can peel it off, and wipe down the mixer again with the water/vinegar mixture and a sponge.
Next to my inspiration…love the color!
Now for the top part of the mixer. I cut out some more flower shapes, as well as some green leaves from some fabric scraps.
I arranged the flowers into a line (as they are on my baking pans) and added the leaves in between.
Then again applied Mod Podge to the bottom and top of the fabric, and added some leaves to the flower on the trunk part of the mixer, to tie it all together. I repeated the same pattern on the other side, and also added a flower to the back rounded part of the mixer.
After the 2nd coat of Mod Podge, I wanted to remove the goo on the mixer, around the decals. So I dipped a cotton swab into some water/vinegar, squeezed it out and wiped away the goo in the in-between spaces. It worked, but I had to really scrub sometimes. Using a dry cotton swab helped too.
Have you decorated your mixer? If so, leave a link to your pic in the comments! I’d love to see!