I love these old gumball machines! I found this one at a thrift store for $10. While I love the yellow on it, I wanted to paint the other hardware parts gold and make it more of a neutral look.
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These machines may look a little intimidating to take apart, but it’s actually really easy! Just unscrew the top with a butter knife or a screwdriver and then all of the parts are easy to take apart from there. A little tip that works for me, make sure to video when dismantling the machine, that way you will be able to go back and watch how it goes back together.
Some of these old machines have keys, mine did not have a key. But as I mentioned, a butter knife or a screwdriver works just as good.
Once the entire thing was dismantled, I cleaned it up using Dawn dishwashing soap and water. I made sure it was dry before I started painting.
The front part where the money goes also comes out very easily! The one I painted in the past, I don’t even have to use money to get the treats out for Chester, I just turn it and out they come.
I used rustoleum “satin bronze” metallic paint and primer in one for all of the parts that were previously silver. I love this subdued gold color! I’m not very good at spray painting, because I get impatient. I always have to remind myself to put on thin layers, let it dry well in between, and hold the paint can a little ways back from the object I’m spraying. This gold paint went on very well!
For the base and the top, I used “chiffon cream” rustoleum chalked paint. This paint on the other hand caused me some drips…no worries though, I just wiped them a little and spayed over them once dry. I actually painted the base black, but it reminded me of my bumblebee high school colors…so cream won in the end.
What a simple and fun diy! It would be a fun project for kids too! And, then they could fill it up with whatever they want…well, approved by mom of course.
The insides are even pretty! These gumball machines can be used for so many things! I’ve also seen people put faux plants in them, or other decor!
The creamy white and gold go perfectly together!
I sure am glad I had that video to help me get this thing back together!
The picture below shows the little piece on top where I used a butter knife to open it.
The glass sure did shine up well!
We made sure to set the hole big enough that they would come out the bottom too. Just make sure not to make it too big…well, your pup might like it if you did. We don’t even use money, we just jiggle the handle and it comes right out! Your pup will thank you!…or your kitty. ♥️ Chester comes running when he hears it!