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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 clock DIY!
Supplies needed to make your own antique kitchen scale
This project idea was a DIY by Jay Munee on YouTube, 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.
Check out the following video for a quick tip for painting on plastic!
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!
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.
Once your dollhouse table is dry, glue it onto your scale bottom.
Moving on, after your plastic dishes are dry, distress those pieces as well. Glue your shallow dish onto the top of your dollhouse table.
Your antique kitchen scale is coming to life!
Now, you’ll want to print out this clock face 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 used 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. Then glue that onto the front of the bed riser. You may want to use a stronger glue for this piece, like E6000.
Your antique farmhouse kitchen scale clock is ready to decorate!
This is how I decorated ours!
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