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Faux Rusted Vintage Scale Makeover

On today’s episode of fake it ’til you make it…

this cast off busted up thrift store kitchen scale.

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And not the busted up that is charming in a vintage sort of way. It was straight up sad looking.

But since I’d been searching high and low for a reasonably priced vintage kitchen scale, I figured $5 was worth my while to try to turn it into something amazing. In the process, I figured out my new favorite way to give pretty much anything a faux rust finish. Woot woot!

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This one came along just in time for our monthly Trash to Treasure Transformation Tuesday too. (You can check out all of my past T2T projects here.)

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In the end, my madeover scale cost me a total of about $16 as opposed to the $90+ vintage looking ones online. Um…wow. Even in antique stores, I somehow could never find one cheaper than $45.

I covered the face of it first with some tin foil and gave the entire thing a coat of the copper spray paint.

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To add some dimension to the “rusty” layer, I dabbed on a coat of the Bark Brown.

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I pounced my brush to give it some extra texture.

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Once the brown layer was dry, I repeated the brush pouncing process with the Waverly Elephant gray paint. I left some of the brown showing to make it look like rust peeking through.

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And that was pretty much it! It was actually a really quick and easy process except for waiting for the paint to dry in between.

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I ended up removing the plastic face on the scale too and dry brushed it with a little of the brown to give it some age. And I painted the red dial with a bit of black acrylic paint.

Since the scale was missing the bowl piece when I bought it at the thrift store, I just used a plastic one I already had and used the same faux rust paint process on it. So this even works on plastic!

I’m so amazed how much it looks like the real rusted deal!

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And now, even though it still looks shabby, at least it’s the good kind of shabby.

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I’m way way too giddy about finally having one of these for our new kitchen (that is soooo close to being finished I can barely stand it)!

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Pretty crazy, right? This little guy doesn’t even look like the same scale.

Faux Rusted Vintage Scale Makeover | blesserhouse.com - How to create a faux rust finish with paint on a steel kitchen scale.

Faux Rusted Vintage Scale Makeover | blesserhouse.com - How to create a faux rust finish with paint on a steel kitchen scale.

You can check out all of the other thrifty makeovers from my Trash to Treasure Transformation friends as well:

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(Clockwise from top left):  Artsy Chicks Rule | Confessions of a Serial DIYer

 Prodigal Pieces | Girl in the Garage

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    1. Thanks, Lindsay! You must have had more luck than I did. I can never find them for a good price where I live.