Monday, April 30, 2012

Increasing Graphic Value of Antiques

I am sharing two projects for Makeover Monday today.  They are both part of the vignette at the right.  One is a small coffee grinder in the center of the mantel.  The other is a classic kitchen scale on the stove below.

When this shabby white painted kitchen scale joined my stash of vintage goodies that needed help, it was entirely missing its face, but I loved the shabby paint and the form of the foot.  Recently while perusing Graphics Fairy I came upon this round logo or add for some kind of French baby product.  I thought it might work, so I printed it off and decoupaged it in place, and voila' ... I was very happy with the outcome.

The little coffee grinder was really charming, but sort of plain.  I used my reverse Modpodge method to adhere part of another Graphics Fairy bit of French Ephemera, and basically gave our little friend a face lift.

Another thought I am still considering is adding a scale basket to the top of the scale now that it sports a baby motif.  I have even figured out how to secure it.  And we do have a lot of photographers looking for baby photo props ....

Thanks for coming along to learn how to make the most of mediocre collectibles.


  1. These are fantastic makeovers! I passed up two vintage scales last week at the flea market. I could kick myself now. ;)
    Beautiful work!

  2. That graphic made it look totally like a baby scale. I know a photographer in my neighborhood who would love something like that! Great job...I am still waiting to see what you do with the little cuckoo clock. =D

  3. Looks great! Wish I could feature you every week. Thanks for linking up at Etcetorize~

  4. You have done justice with the work. It does look good after make over. Please share more pictures of your work..