Antique scales have become a popular collectible, adding interest and creativity throughout the home. Scales have always been an important tool in kitchens, apothecaries and mercantiles. They weigh many items, including medicinal ingredients, dry goods, spices and foods.
Their nostalgic appeal now lends to various opportunities to reuse vintage scales in new and creative ways throughout the home. Here are several ways to style with vintage scales in your own home.
Kitchen Herb Garden
The Craigslist ad for this white porcelain scale read “VERY Heavy, Bring Help!”
Yes, it is quite heavy! But also well worth the $50 price tag. The antique Toledo scale was most likely used to weigh meats in a butcher shop. When a backyard garden is not possible, this beveled glass beauty transforms into a kitchen countertop herb garden. Fresh herbs are close at hand during meal preparation and add wonderful flavor. Collectible, green cabbage plates stand ready to serve the family meal.
Party Food Platter
A Turnbull double-sided general store scale with marble insert sets the perfect stage for a charcuterie board. Once a utilitarian tool for measure, now a variety of cheeses, fruits, nuts and crackers “tip the antique scale” in an unique way to provide delicious tidbits for family and guests.
Bathroom Toiletry Tray
A charming, green kitchen balance scale is a delightful addition to a bathroom countertop. This antique scale now holds fresh hand towels, while the white marble insert showcases a collection of antique toiletry bottles. The decor also features $2 watercolors from a thrift store.
Insert White and Brass Scale
Buffet-Style Snack Service
This white washed cast iron scale features two brass pans with a lovely patina. They are ready to serve up vintage silverware and linen napkins in preparation for an impromptu snack or a family-favorite dessert. A beloved grandmother’s recipe and dessert plates host the delicious treat.
Hello!!! My name is Dawn Hutta. I live in a charming community in central Ohio named Galena. I LOVE a good vintage flea market and enjoy the challenge of the hunt for unique decor to decorate our 1840s barn home. Yes, we moved 2 barns about 100 miles and transformed them into our home and pool cabana. Living in Ohio, we cherish the limited time we have each year to enjoy flowers from our gardens. You may have room and the growing season to create a garden of your own or a kitchen countertop dressed with fresh flowers. I encourage you to check out styling ideas for your own home. I flip houses for a living and try to incorporate the modern farmhouse theme in each of them. Take a look at my article on creative ways to gain interest on your walls without breaking the bank. I truly enjoy seeing how innovative and decorative all of our contributors and readers can be.