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Vintage Kitchen Scales Makeover

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Hello friends! Welcome to Thrift Store Decor Ideas, my blogging friends and I get together once a month to share a thrifty find and how you can use it in your house or refresh and repurpose it. This month I am happy to present my vintage kitchen scale makeover.

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Make your own aqua kitchen scale easy with this DIY painted metal project

I searched high and low for the perfect farmhouse kitchen scale, some shade of blue or green. I never found them so I settled for this white one, knowing that I could paint it any color that I wanted.


I don’t use them to weigh anything but I could, the scales work. Most of the time use it as a riser for one thing or another. Today it’s lemons.


They are perfect for adding height on your buffet, showing off cupcakes or perching fruit. In the kitchen they add a pop of color in any corner.

American Family Scale in turquoise aqua color a great DIY

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Here’s what I did:

  1. Lightly sand the metal area that you are going to paint.
  2. Clean well, I used Krud Kutter.
  3. Paint – I use Maison Blanche Outdoor Furniture paint – color Riviera.
  4. After the paint dries, wax or top coat for protection.

I used 120 grit sand paper and cleaned with Krud Kutter to remove all the dust and debris. I’ve used the outdoor paint on other things that I leave outside, I know how well it holds up so I decided to try it on this metal scale. To change the tone of the paint color, I used dark wax by Maison Blanche. It toned down the color and changed it to more of a turquoise shade, I love it.

How to paint a metal kitchen scale

Dark wax to finish a metal piece

When you’re thrift shopping and can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, remember you can paint it! That’s what I do.

Metal vintage scale makeover with paint

How to paint metal and makeover your kitchen scale

Don’t pass up those cheap thrift store treasures!

Now head on over and see what my friends did with there thrifty finds:

Metal Garden Flower by Domestically Speaking

Glass Globe Solar Lights by My Repurposed Life

Barkcloth Curtains by Petticoat Junktion

Vintage Scale Makeover by Refresh Restyle

Piano Bench Makeover by Our Southern Home

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    12 thoughts on “Vintage Kitchen Scales Makeover”

    1. Oh My Golly, I found you on The Scoop Linky Party and so glad I did. Love the scale. Your thrift stores must be much better than ours around here. Looking forward to checking out the entire page.


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