You won’t believe how easy it is to make a wooden cover for your stand mixer. No power tools required!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. All opinions are 100% mine.
I am so excited about today’s project. A few years ago I took the wooden lid off a candle and the thought occurred to me that the same type of lid could work for a mixing bowl. I told my husband my idea and he made me the coolest lid for my mixing bowl. I love it because it keeps dust out of the bowl and I can store the attachments in the bowl under the lid. Plus, it’s just plain pretty, and since I keep my mixer out on the counter, I really appreciate the clean, beautiful aesthetic.
The problem is he used a bunch of specialized tools and it was very complicated…or at least for someone like me who says a prayer before using the table saw.
So a few weeks ago I was looking through the aisles of Hobby Lobby and saw two pieces of wood that reminded me of the lid my husband had made and I decided to see if I could figure out a way to make a lid with no power tools or fussy equipment required .
And here we are.
Look at the gorgeous custom lid!
Want to make one? It’s super easy, promise!
Important note: There are two basic types of stand mixers from the most popular brand – tilt-head mixers and lift-bowl mixers. This project is for lifting bowl mixers only.
If you have a different model or brand, measure the bowl before shopping (or take it with you to the store) to see if it will work for you.
Instructions for use
Step 1: Sand both pieces of wood until they are smooth to the touch. The thinner circle is made of plywood, so just sand the edges to remove any small splinters. The other piece is solid wood and you can sand more aggressively.
Step 2: Apply the wood stain of your choice and brush in the same direction as the wood grain. I used an old brush that I knew I could throw away. Foam brushes work great for this too. Since stain is oil-based, washing out the brushes is a pain. Therefore, I suggest using something disposable. You can also wear rubber gloves for this step to keep your hands clean, if desired. Wipe away excess stain with a paper towel. The longer the stain stays, the darker the color becomes, so it’s up to you to decide when to wipe the stain away.
Step 3: When the stain is dry (the instructions on the box say to wait two hours), add a clear top coat. I really like Polycrylic because it doesn’t yellow over time and is water based for easy cleaning. A top coat is absolutely necessary as this lid will be left in the kitchen and possibly exposed to water. The top coat will protect the wood. I applied three coats, waiting the necessary time between each coat.
Step 4: When the top coat is dry (the instructions on the box say 3 hours for light handling and 24 hours for normal use), apply an even layer of wood glue to the flat side of the wood board, then attach it to the plywood round, making sure they are exactly centered.
Step 5: Pinch the pieces together to ensure a tight seal while the glue dries. If you don’t have clamps, you can place the wood under a pile of heavy books instead. Just make sure these parts stay exactly aligned. Masking tape can help with this.
When the glue is dry, the lid of your stand is complete and ready to be put in place.
Or you can take it one step further and add a custom vinyl decal or hand paint a cute design on the lid or add a wood application detail. It would be really fun to make a bunch of holiday themed decals using removable vinyl. Then you can replace them during the year. The possibilities are endless. Fully customizable to match your style!
I really love how my lid turned out. The warm wood top, the clean lines and the functionality…it’s just a really great addition to my kitchen. If you’re looking for more ways to freshen up your home this New Year, stop by Hobby Lobby for the cutest selection of Home decoration.
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