Recently, I have become obsessed with vintage kitchen scales. They seem to be the item I always stop to admire while wondering around a flea market. I am not really interested in weighing my food so this isn't a practical obsession but rather a visual accessory.
Recently, my sister in-laws accompanied me to a local flea market. I shared my obsession with them. They encouraged me by pointing out every scale they found. A scale I saw, that they had overlooked, won me over. Without even having to haggle on the price, I was told I could have this scale for $7. Really, what did I have to lose.
My sister in-laws looked at me like I was a little crazy, especially since we had found several very nice vintage kitchen scales. Though some were nicer, they were also bigger and more expensive. I also had a vision for my $7 find.
Now if you are a purest, admiring vintage finds in their current state or someone that wants to restore them to their original condition, look away.
With my tool kit on hand, I began to take my scale apart.
Had my investment been greater than $7, I might have hesitated for I can usually figure out how to take things apart but sometimes have challenges putting them back together again.
With spray paint in hand, if you are cringing I warned you to look away, I sprayed the body of the scale and the arrow of the scale in black gloss. I left the plate of the scale untouched, with the exception of a good cleaning.
Typically, I do like to respect vintage finds BUT in the end I am glad I took a chance and gave my vintage find a more updated look.