My 3 Monsters: Vintage Scale Makeover

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5.07.2012

Vintage Scale Makeover

I was at Goodwill last week on a dollar day when I came across this little beauty.
It was covered in a layer of rust and grime and had clearly been mistreated in its past.  That white paint job was positively shameful.  Not to mention the naked babies that creeped me out just a smidge.  I walked on past.  It wasn't the right color tag so I would have to pay full price -- $5 -- and, ewwww, those babies.

But it kept calling to me.   How many time have I seen vintage scales in beautifully styled home decor photos and coveted them?  How often have I vowed to one day own one?  The answer, for me, is OFTEN.  

So I decided to give rusty naked baby scale a second look.  There were little metal tabs on the back of the face that made me believe I could maybe get the face off.  That was good.  The naked baby face didn't appear to be glued on.  Also good.  I reluctantly purchased rusty naked baby scale and brought it home, hoping that Brent wouldn't think I was absolutely crazy.  He didn't.  {At least he didn't say so out loud which was good enough for me.

I sat down and began taking that old scale apart.  I was right -- a little screwdriver helped to unbend the tabs and the face came right off.
I cleaned up the old glass with a little Goo Gone and set it aside.  The needle came off the front by releasing a small screw.  Then there were just two more itty bitty screws to undo and those creepy babies came right off, too.  Hooray!

I scanned the old naked baby face into my computer and used Gimp to design a new one and printed it out onto card stock.  
A fresh coat of Valspar Golden Maize spray paint freshened the whole thing up.  I reassembled it all and voila!  New, beautiful vintage scale for me!!

I love it so much!!  Now I just have to find a spot for it.  I was thinking I'd put it up on the shelf in my kitchen, but you can't really see how cute it is up there.  For now it's on the dresser in my dining room, but I don't really love it there either.
Never fear, it will find a home in my kitchen soon enough.  The moral of this story is, don't let some rusty naked babies scare you away from something you know in your heart you will love.  Or something like that.

I'll be back tomorrow with a delicious treat idea from our Family Night. Have a great day!



Lil\'Luna

8 comments:

  1. Absolutely precious! I love it! Great idea.

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  2. Thanks girls!! It was a fun little project -- low effort, high reward. Just my kind of thing.

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  3. Great job!!! I wish I can find one too someday! Visiting from Tatertots & Jello

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  4. Wow, it really turned out great! Good on you for looking past the creepy babies, not sure I would've. But maybe now I'll keep an open eye for potential, it's really great how you transformed it. I'm sure you'll find the perfect home for it soon enough :)

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  5. Great make over! And great idea to scan in the original face, then re-do it in GIMP. I'll have to keep that in mind.

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  6. Do you have an editable file for sale? I would love to change the yellow to mint to match my kitchen. I can't get the face of my scale off to scan it.

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