KitchenAid mixers are a beloved small appliance and, at about $300 each, are the one of the most registered-for items on wedding gift lists. Reddit user LifeWithAdd found an old-school Hobart version on Craigslist for cheap and went to town bringing it back to tip top condition. He documented the whole process to show the rest of us how it's done, and the finished product is impressive.
Hobart made and sold these solid beasts before they were bought out by Whirlpool in the 1980s (and many claim they are superior to the current versions). This one is from the 1970s and had seen better days. Parts of it were missing or broken, and remnants of nearly 50 years of food had built up inside (ew).
After taking it apart, he pulled off the feet, cleaned up all the gears, and re-greased it. Before putting it back together, he sanded all the individual parts and covered them with a mint green automative paint. Then he replaced all the missing parts.
Head over to Reddit for all the photos in the original posting if you want to see what 50 years of gunk and grease looks like, all in one special place. This is your opportunity. While you are there, read all the really useful advice and links in the comments if you want to try something similar yourself.