Vintage Kitchen Scale
This vintage scale has been sitting in my craft room for almost a year - do you do things like that too? Anyway, it was time to get it out and DO something with it! I found it at the Estate Sale that I went to 4 TIMES - Yes, you read that right. Clearly I need help, but you should click over there to see why I went back so many times.
This was one of the treasures I found and, as you can see, the top was twisted, the paint was chipping, there was rust, and it was only $3 - truly, a bargain!
Fixing the twisted top was the easy part. After straightening it, one quick turn of that screw in the middle took care of the problem, I love easy fixes....if only they were all like that!
The next issue was the chipping paint and rust.
Let's face it, the paint probably has lead in it and it's chipping. Not being one to take away patina or try to make something old look new, I took it outside and cleaned it with soap and water and an old rag. I was careful not to touch the dial because it was paper.
Often the dials are painted on, but not this one!
After it dried, I taped and papered the rest of the scale - no chipping paint there.
The rust spots were much smoother and it was now time to seal everything in, including the bottom where the edges were also chipped and rusted.
Two coats of clear sealer and the old paint and rust were no longer a problem.
So, now it sits on the shelf all 'gussied-up' for Fall!
It's so nice to have things that remind me of my friend, Lynn. Her estate sale was bitter-sweet but I think she'd be happy knowing that some of her things are in my home and treasured.
Do you decorate with found treasures, antiques, and vintage items?
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