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Get the look of an Antique Kitchen Scale without all the fuss and expense of a true vintage scale with this farmhouse kitchen decor DIY! Be sure to check out the rest of our Awesome Decor Ideas for lots more decorating inspiration!
Step one: Gather and prepare your elements
This project idea was a DIY by Jay Munee, so I can’t take credit for this fabulous idea! She used a planter for the base, but I always like to use some things a little differently when I recreate a project. I found these bed risers at our local Goodwill, and snatched them up, because they are perfect for this project!
The first thing I did was close up the top. If you use a bed riser, you will notice there is an opening at the top where the foot of a bed would sit. I used some foam pieces to fill it, and then covered it with a piece of cardstock cut to fit. If you use a planter, you can skip this step and start painting.
Step two: Paint the base of your faux scale
This is the paint that I used for my scale. I now recommend chalk paint for these type projects.
At first I used a paint brush, but it wasn’t covering well.. (Again, use chalk paint instead.)
So I switched to a sponge pounce brush for more even coverage with no streaks.
Check out that pretty antique blue color!
Check out the following video for a quick tip for painting on plastic with acrylic paint if you don’t have chalk paint!
Step three: Paint the scale, the bowl, and the face plate
Next, I painted the wooden dollhouse table that I picked up at the Dollar Tree. First, I painted it white, but I felt like it didn’t stand out enough, so I ended up painting it grey. This piece is used in between the bottom part of the scale and the bowl. It mimics the part of the scale that would go up and down as you weigh food.
While those pieces were drying, I painted my plastic plate and bowl. Again, I used a pounce brush vs a regular brush to prevent streaks and ensure good coverage. See the video posted above regarding this quick tip!
Step four: Distress your painted pieces
Let these pieces dry while you work on distressing the bottom of your scale, which should be dry by now. I like to use a a chunky brush and a very light amount of dark paint for distressing.
Moving on, after your plastic dishes are dry, distress those pieces as well.
Step five: Glue your pieces together
Once your dollhouse table is dry, glue it onto your scale bottom.
Glue your shallow dish onto the top of your dollhouse table.
Step six: Make your scale face
Now, you’ll want to print out my FREE clock face printable onto cardstock. You could use an antique scale face image as well, but I thought it would be cute to eventually actually turn this into a working clock, and as an additional way of making this project my own, I made this face instead! Rise & Shine was something that my nanny used to say, so I added that as well.
Once your image is printed, cut it out and glue it onto the front of your dried round plate. You might want to laminate first to keep it from getting wet or wrinkled.
Step seven: Glue your face onto the scale
Then glue that onto the front of the bed riser. You may want to use a stronger glue for this piece, like E6000.
Your farmhouse antique kitchen scale clock is ready to decorate!
This is how I decorated ours!
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Supplies needed to make your own antique kitchen scale:
- A four sided container such as a planter box or a bed riser, which is what I used
- A small round plastic plate
- A wooden dollhouse table from the Dollar Tree
- A plastic, shallow bowl
- The clock printable
- Paint in your color choice and brushes
- Hot glue gun and glue
- E6000 glue (optional)
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Need even more DIY ideas??
Check out this farmhouse noodle board that we showed how to make recently! This would coordinate nicely with your antique kitchen scale, don’t ya think? You can get that farmhouse vinyl decal in our shop so you can make your own, too!