Also.. Ever since I've gotten my Silhouette I've wanted to deck out my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. I have seen so many great ideas to dress up that boring appliance, I loved the thought of making mine more personalized.
So this project is where those two loves meet.
My mixer is more than 15 years old. I got it when I got married and back in 'the old days' the only color it came in was white. So when I decided I was going to dress it up, a lot of the ideas I liked weren't going to work. I needed to start with something that was mostly WHITE to begin with..
Something like.. a STORMTROOPER!
The rounded top of my mixer and the big black attachment port reminded me exactly of a stormtrooper's helmet. So that was my starting off point.
The first thing I did was sketch out what exactly I wanted on each part of the mixer with dry erase marker:
Then I googled for the images I wanted, and printed them out to check the scale.
I used my Silhouette to cut out the images out of vinyl.
I decided to use Oracal 651 which is permanent exterior vinyl. I picked this type vs. the removable stuff because I knew this mixer would get a lot of wear and tear. I needed to be able to wash it etc.
The image after I removed the excess vinyl ("weeded" it.)
To transfer the vinyl I used transfer paper
After applying the vinyl there was quite a bit of puckering on the round surface. It is possible to adjust the cut image to take into account the curve, but I am taking the lazy route (yes.. I'm sure hard care Silhouette users are gasping right now!)
To fix the puckers I just snipped the vinyl with a scissors
And stuck it back down with a slight overlap:
When I was done, you would never know the difference:
I repeated the process with all the other images and text:
On the mixer stand I decided I would have a "dark side" and the "good side." I used Darth Vader, a Tie Fighter and the symbol of the Galactic Alliance on one side:
Princess Leia, and X-wing and the symbol of the Rebel Alliance was on the other:
Plus I think the storm trooper on top is perfect. The curve of the mixer and the white background is EXACTLY like I imagined it.
I definitely have the geekiest mixer on the block!
And it looks great sitting on my kitchen counter:
COME TO THE DARK SIDE
We bake cookies!