Asked on Jul 11, 2013

What to do with vintage baby scale?

B.J. B
by B.J. B
I found this pale blue baby scale in a vintage resale store and fell in love with it. It has a nicely aged patina so I don't want to do anything to destroy it. I just can't seem to figure our what to do with it. I put stuffed bears in it, then plants and didn't really like either. I'm stumped. I don't know if I should keep it on the floor or put it on a piece of furniture. After seeing all the creativity on hometalk I know you will have good ideas.
  25 answers
  • Well I am not the "creative type" per se, but I would leave it up where it might not get kicked, banged by a vacuum, etc... Like the bears, that is pretty cute
  • Cathy B Cathy B on Jul 11, 2013
    I think it would be pretty in a bathroom with guest towels. In it.
  • Marlene Wilson Marlene Wilson on Jul 11, 2013
    I like both answers,diffently keep it off the floor.Could be used in a nursery.
  • New Age Global Builders New Age Global Builders on Jul 12, 2013
    I would recommend putting it in a child's room with some photo frames and bears perhaps. As a general contractor in Queens I have seen many home who would place such a thing in a vanity or a bedroom furniture piece. For more nice design options you can visit our blog
  • Lela Lela on Jul 12, 2013
    maybe a fruit basket in the kitchen ? or as a magazine "rack"
  • B.J. B B.J. B on Jul 12, 2013
    I like the magazine idea. Guest towels would be really cute. The only problem I have is it's large size, I have to find a piece of furniture I could put it on to get it up off the floor. Thanks for your good ideas, I really appreciate them.
  • Beth Cole Byrne Beth Cole Byrne on Jul 12, 2013
    It could hold diapers, pacifiers, etc. on a dresser in the baby's room.
  • Denise M Denise M on Jul 12, 2013
    or it could hold a baby doll
  • Kathy Franz Kathy Franz on Jul 12, 2013
    i know that this is an antique, but this is one i think that i would paint the wicker part of it to make it pop a little bit. it would look great on a vanity with towels, a place to collect mail or put bills. i do like the bears
  • Carol King-ricca Carol King-ricca on Jul 12, 2013
    I think this would be great in the bathroom with face towels, or in the bedroom on a dresser with some pretty linens.
  • Catherine B Catherine B on Jul 12, 2013
    I would leave it out for all to see, perhaps surround it with pics of my children and grand children and great grand child (!) - all pictures of them as infants, then ... I would make "Pillow Letters" that spell out the word L O V E and place them in the scale ... yes I would!
  • Carol King-ricca Carol King-ricca on Jul 12, 2013
    Since it is large it might be nice to hold lovely pillows.
  • Andrea S Andrea S on Jul 12, 2013
    I would put it in the bathroom and put rolled up face cloths/towels on it. Maybe guest bathroom so it doesn't get overused.
  • Moonchild627 Moonchild627 on Jul 13, 2013
    I like the idea of a fruit basket.
  • Kay Love-Wood Kay Love-Wood on Jul 13, 2013
    Good gosh the ideas go on and one. I love it as a fruit basket in the kitchen, guest towels in a bath, fine a plate or metal tray use in bedroom as a jewerly, rings used everyday. on and on. Wish I could find one now ;-) If used be sure to line it with a vintage napkins, scarf so as to not hurt the finish of the basket.
  • Judy H Judy H on Jul 13, 2013
    I and have the same scale old and I am 70 years my parents bought them to weigh me as a baby.
  • Johanna Johanna on Jul 13, 2013
    It's begging for a floral arrangement you could change seasonally.
  • Sam @ DIY Huntress Sam @ DIY Huntress on Jul 13, 2013
    Definitely a fruit basket! Spray paint it a bright accent color so that it pops in your kitchen!
  • B.J. B B.J. B on Jul 13, 2013
    Oh my goodness you guys have some good ideas! I am thinking about painting it. I love the infant picture ideas with Pillow letters. I love the floral and fruit and linen arrangements too. I never thought of the obvious which is a baby doll (which I collect). You guys are fabulous! Now I just need to decide what to do 1st! Thank you Judy H for helping me date the scale. It would be perfect for a nursery.
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jul 13, 2013
    This is just too cute! Love it!
  • Brenda Smith Brenda Smith on Jul 13, 2013
    I would use it as a prop for a photo of infants (carefully placing and being alert to the baby's safety, of course, since it may be rickety with age). How sweet would a naked newborn baby look in the basket of the scale, with just an old-looking baby blanket?
  • B.J. B B.J. B on Jul 14, 2013
    I have a new great niece coming this September, what a acute idea!
  • Sandy Sandy on Jul 15, 2013
    Each and every idea is awesome! There are so many uses for this scale. A pretty flower arrangement in colors complementing the color of it would be nice. I could also see a couple green plants in it with leaves cascading over it put up on a hutch. Also if you have large enough bathroom (I don't) the idea of pretty decorated handtowels would be pretty too.
  • LouAnn Edel LouAnn Edel on Jul 22, 2013
    If you collect baby dolls, then that's what I would use it for. Line it with a vintage looking baby blanket (or new if old is not available) and either lay one of your baby dolls in it or sit one up. I don't know how you display your baby dolls but If you could find a baby's dressing table you could set the scale on it and set a few of the others around it. Just thought I would add my 2 cents worth.
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Mar 31, 2014
    Is it large enough to hold some cook books or spices? That way the colour could come from these and you wouldn't have to paint it.
    • B.J. B B.J. B on Apr 02, 2014
      @Marion Nesbitt Thanks for the idea Marion! It would be cute with cook books. Now I just need to figure out if I can fit it somewhere in my kitchen.