Friday, December 16, 2011

Sheet Music Display Cubby

I can't believe it's so close to Christmas! There hasn't been any decorating at La Maison Junky, but lots of projects are getting done :)

Since there is still lots of sheet music on hand, I figured I'd make another display/cubby/tray/shelf thingee as they turned out nicely in white and black. These little wood shelves are in every thrift shop -when you see the after, bet you won't pass them up next time!

For you photo skimmers - here's a little close-up luv :)
Sheet music looks fantastic as a backdrop for just about anything, and here's how this project started out:

Look past the country hearts people!
This got a nice coat of cream paint, distressed, glazed and waxed. I cut out a backing for it the same way I did for my other two trays. It's just that 'wood' panel that pegboard is made of, but is solid. The same 4x8 sheet has been very useful for a number of projects. It's light enough to use as a backing and easy to cut - I use a table saw, but it would probably cut with a box cutter or Dremel tool.

This next step is probably the hardest part of the whole project...and I'm sure I'm making it harder than it needs to be, but this is the way I think it looks best:

Take an individual page of sheet music and line it up within each divided cubby.

oops, that second from left might be a little off...

Then mod podge the individual squares down.

And hope that you lined it all up properly. I do it this way to get the most music displayed; it would be easier if I didn't care so much to show the prettiest design, but it just wouldn't look right to me.

I add handles on the ends to make it into a tray or just for decoration...this package somehow was missing two screws :( I hate that, but seriously who checks to make sure there are enough screws in the individual handle packages? (Me from now on, that's who...this has happened to me more than once!)

Screw and glue the backing onto the shelf, add some cork backing and then decorate!

Making sure the glue has good contact! Oh, and that Mythic paint can? It's a clue to a big project going down...

Some cork on the bottom to project surfaces.
It was an overcast day, so there was no way of getting a good shot inside. Back outside to take advantage of the light...

Look who showed up - Hootie!

And there it is - isn't it purty? Didn't I tell ya? You'll think twice before you snub that homemade-lookin', country-heart painted, bare-wood shelf next time you're cruising the thrift aisles! On second thought, leave them...more for me :)


  1. I love this idea! I have a friend who gave me a shelf kind of like this one and right now, it's pretty pitiful. But I kept it thinking there has to be something cute in it's future...this idea may very well be it!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Veru cute idea, and yes, I pass right by those country shelves all the time! Don't worry, we don't shop at the same thrift stores. :@

  3. You haven't attempted any Christmas decorating? Well, then I don't feel so bad that I don't have a big tree yet for the kids! I think I'm going to leave our stuff up until Valentines Day just so I can say that we enjoyed it! Love the new shelf!

  4. Hahaha! So good ta see Hootie! And she is a purty little thang.

    Oh, and guess what?

  5. Oh this is such a cute idea! I love that owl! Thanks for all your help Jill :)

  6. That turned out beautiful! I do see these shelves every once in a while....maybe I should pick one up next time.
    p.s Hottie looks so cute there :)

  7. Looks really great!!! Nice work!


  8. love it and i love your style! New follower. Elisabetta

  9. I love this, and I want the owl! I'm a new follower. Stop by and visit. I heart new followers too.

  10. Now this looks fabulous!!! I absolutely love what you did with this, even the finishing touches of adding the handles, you've definitely got a great eye for style!

  11. OH!!! I have TWO of these ugly things in the basement -- so now they are NOT going to Goodwill!! This is absolutely so clever to turn it on it's side and decorate the way you did!! Pinning this idea!

  12. that is just too beautiful! You are just a genius for these things...


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