As soon as I heard its story, the once dull tray became a unique gem. Turns out, it's from the 1920s and was used for baking bread in New York City. Though the shop name is unknown, one can presume that "Clarence" was a loyal employee. What a stud, eh?
While baking bread wouldn't be in this piece's foreseeable future, I knew it'd make a really interesting coffee table tray. I sought out weathered music sheets (also from the market) to give it a distinctive spin and turned it into my own. Clarence's handwriting and other innate markings were kept on the sides - the history, after all, is what makes pieces like this oh-so charming.
Directions after the jump!
Step 1: Clean wood of loose debris by wiping it down with a damp cloth. Let it dry.
Step 2: Apply a thin layer of Tacky Glue to the backs of the music sheets. Smooth glue so that it isn't bumpy or visible from the front.
Step 3: Set music sheets to board where desired.
Step 4: Apply a thick layer of varnish. Be sure to choose a varnish that dries clear. It will appear white and thick when you first apply it but that is expected. Let varnish dry (approximately 3 hours).
Step 5: After the varnish has dried, the sheets will be set to the bottom of the tray. Style as you please and enjoy!
Care to dance? Follow my lead.