In her Snohomish paint shop, Nicole Dinardo took her hobby of airbrush painting, applied it to one of the hottest selling appliances, and turned it into gold.

They are custom-painted KitchenAid mixers, selling from $450 to $1,400 a piece.

You're paying for an original piece of art on a really functional item, said Dinardo.

First she made them for family, then for friends.

This one here I did for a dear friend of mine Mariah, she said, as she showed off a pistachio green mixer painted with birch tree branches, birds and Swarovski crystals. I know the birch trees signify something that goes back into her family, and the birds, everything on here is personal and emotional to her.

She made a gift for a grandma, with handprints and drawings from her grandchildren. Another one was for a soldier in Afghanistan, who had an animal print mixer made for his sister.

Now Dinardo makes them for celebrities. She showed us a pink on pink one for Katy Perry, a cream colored mixer with flowers she made for Britney Spears, and a yellow patterned mixer with T's all over it for Tori Spelling.

A gold and black pattern she was working on is for Beyonce.

Beyonce's will actually be 22 karat gold (leaf), versus this one that is painted to look like gold, said Dinardo.

And now she's custom-painting 30 mixers for the swag bag at the Oscars. What an endorsement for a single mom, who seven years ago asked to be an apprentice at an auto design company.

I get lots of networking opportunities that allow me to do work for those people, which is really wonderful.

Dinardo is swamped with orders. She says waiting time for a custom mixer is probably three months away. But she is offering gift certificates for Christmas.

Visit her website, Un Amore. and her Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/customkitchencouture?ref=ts&sk=wall#!/unamorecustomdesigns.

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