Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Vintage Find: Hanging Scale

My favorite antique mall was having their big spring sale last weekend, and I found the coolest old hanging scale.

 I thought it would be a fun addition to the kitchen, especially since I'm a sucker for wire baskets. I had seen hanging scales with other kinds of bowls and plates hanging from them, but I'd never seen one with a basket. I'd be curious to know what its use was. Some sort of grocery scale? 

When I purchased it, it was red and rusty. The patina was great, but I don't use much red in my decor. You might want to look away if you can't stomach painting over a great patina (I even feel a little guilty...) but I knew black would go much better in our kitchen. Here's a lovely iPhone shot of the scale before I painted it.

Much better! I just used simple black craft paint. I think it adds a lot of interest to the long open space that opens onto the hearth room. Don't mind the pine wreath on the's coming down soon!

Love the patina on the wire basket. I also found the striped tea towel this weekend - I never find the ones with blue stripes! It was the perfect addition to the scale.

It looks right at home, don't you think?

{live beautifully}


  1. What a great find! I looks perfect in your kitchen and adds a touch of rustic which I like.

  2. What a fun and unique piece!

  3. Hi Courtney. Love that scale and not only because I have one just like it, but that it looks great in your kitchen. I would imagine the wire basket says it was used in a grocery store. Mine has a zinc scoop type basket. I think it was probably used in a hardward store for nails and such..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  4. Absolutely love it Courtney! And we have to make things our own, don't we?? It looks perfect in your kitchen! I know it makes you smile...what a wonderful piece!
    Have a lovely rest of the week!

  5. Oh, I LOVE it!!! Like, a lot a lot.

  6. oh how I love this!! perfection!!

  7. Love your scale, and...noticed the Disney countdown on the chalkboard. We have a countdown chain, made by my 14 yr old daughter, that has 78 links on it! We tease her about never out- growing her love of it, looks like you might feel the same :)

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