Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Vintage Scale Sign and Wall Hook

Vintage Scale Sign and Wall Hook | Denise on a Whim
I've been spending some time lately redecorating my bathroom.
After taking care of some basics and storage items,
I got busy on a few fun projects,
like this vintage scale that I converted into a bathroom wall hook and sign!

The scale looked like this when I first bought it. 
Using a Vintage Scale to Create a Wall Hook | Denise on a Whim
It's been sitting around in a box for 3 or so years now.
Collecting dust and feeling very unloved.
But, as I thought of things to fill my newly decorated bathroom,
this old girl immediately came to mind!

I mean, how could I let this rusty metal and retro graphic just sit in a box??
Rusty Vintage Scale Made into a Wall Hook | Denise on a Whim
I figured I could find a way to display this old scale on the wall or something.
After a coat of paint, that is.

I got out some teal chalk paint and covered up the marble black on the top,
which I was not a fan of.
Rusty Vintage Scale Made into a Sign and Wall Hook | Denise on a Whim
The next step was to cut a stencil and paint on some lettering.
I've always liked this quote and it seemed perfectly fitting for the scale.
Stenciled Quote on a Vintage Scale Wall Hook | Denise on a Whim
 After adding the quote, I got a new idea in my head.
What if this scale wasn't just a sign,
but something useful, like a wall hook?

I bought a package of 2 wire hooks at Menards.
They were shiny gold and not suitable at all for my new bathroom.
I spray painted them with a brushed silver to give them an aged appearance.

Then came the hard part.
Figuring out how to take apart the scale and attach a hook.
Since the hook needed something to bite into,
I figured I would need to add a piece of wood behind the face of the scale.
The problem was, I couldn't see any hardware attaching the face to the inside of the scale.
I searched and searched, finally grabbing a screwdriver
and prying the face up ever so much to locate hardware.
Still nothing.
But, in the midst of prying, I realized the face seemed to be getting a little looser.
Deathly afraid I was going to break the scale,
I continued with the gentle prying until suddenly,
The top of the scale became unattached from the bottom.
Turns out, it was glued to the innards of the scale.
No wonder I couldn't find any hardware!
Stenciled Quote on a Vintage Scale Wall Hook | Denise on a Whim
Then I found out a few things about scales.
First, I saw what was inside them.
And it really wasn't all that much.
A metal plate, some smaller metal pieces, the round number wheel and a tension mechanism.

Secondly, I found out how utterly disgusting the inside of a scale could be
after sitting for who-knows-how-many-years on the floor in someone's bathroom.
Let's just say, yuck doesn't really even begin to cover it!
Talk about some dust bunnies...

Once I had gotten it apart, the only thing I was really worried about saving
was the number circle that goes under the bubble on the face.
Everything came out and I soaked the bottom of that scale
in hot, soapy water for quite some time!

After the scale was clean, I drilled a hole in the face where I would place the hook
and simply added some wood behind the face for the screw to attach to.
I knew that once I put the face back on, the scrap wood would stay in place.

I put the number wheel back on and used Loctite to adhere the face onto the back again.

For hanging, I drilled two keyhole style holes right into the back of the scale.
Vintage Scale Wall Hook in a Farmhouse Bathroom | Denise on a Whim
I'm so glad I thought about converting this into a wall hook instead of just a sign.
I love the little pitcher of flowers hanging from it
and the scale looks great with my new bathroom decor!
Can't wait to show you the entire bathroom!
Hopefully I can get pictures and put that post up next week. 
Vintage Scale Sign and Wall Hook | Denise on a Whim

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  1. Did you salvage the tension mechanism or toss it? I’m just wondering how much weight the “innards” added.

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