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.  
A little shinier, but I'm OK with that.
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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  1. that is perfect for your festive vignette!

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    1. Thank you, Patti. It was time to display it!

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  2. I have an old vintage scale like this but mine is a “Hansen” brand. It’s rustic white with a red scale top. I love it! I use it occasionally but it mainly sits on my counter for looks. I love how you decorated around yours.
    Lisa

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    1. I love them too, Lisa, and I actually have another one that is red - that I do use for weighing! This one had been sitting around far too long and needed to be used.

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  3. My kind of lady, sealing in good stuff. Love doing that!

    Cindy

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    1. Old things shouldn't be made to look new, but that chipping paint had to be sealed. Thanks so much for stopping by, Cindy!

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    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn
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  5. Looks fantastic! What a great memory - and I think your friend would, indeed, be very pleased!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. I hope she is...I know she laughed at me going back so many times!

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  6. Ann,
    Looks lovely how you styles it with the pumpkins...I have a vintage scale in my Kitchen and I love it!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. I love vintage scales. I also love that they still work!

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  7. Your scale looks happy surrounded by all those lovely pumpkins!

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    1. It does, doesn't it? Thanks for stopping by, Michelle!

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  8. Scales are one of my favorite🙌🏻 I’d luv for you to share with us over at Charming Homes and Gardens Link Party👉🏻https://www.dabblinganddecorating.com/post/2020/03/31/charming-homes-gardens-wednesday-link-party

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    1. On my way. Thank you for the invitation!

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  9. That turned out great! I have one of those scales in my garage. It had been my mom's, and I've wanted to decorate with it, but I didn't know where to start. So, thanks for these tips!

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    1. Time to dig it out, Pam and you can change it for each season. So glad you stopped by - come back again soon!

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  10. It is a really cool piece!
    www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

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  11. It's looking so cool. May I learn how old is it?

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  12. What a great find Ann! I think your friend would be thrilled to see it in your home. Looks adorable with the pumpkins. I need a hubby who is an "enabler!" Where do you find those????

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    1. Thank you, Denise. An Enabler Hubby can be hard to find....I think mine should be giving classes on how to be one! LOL I'm so glad you stopped by - Come back again soon!

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  13. What a great find! Thank you for sharing at Charming Homes and Gardens.

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  14. I am glad this little scale got your attention. It looks so nice as the focal for your Autumn decorating. Thanks for linking up with me.

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

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