Fill ‘er up
First came the tray: a heavy and well-made galvanized serving tray that measures approx. 19.75″ x 14.25″. The handles are sturdy, the edges of the tray have a rolled finish and the patina shows a history of use. I do not know the age of the piece but the woman I got it from said that she had it since the 80s and she got it from a friend. She used it for potting flowers. I have cut a black rubber mat to fit the tray and act as a bar mat.
I wanted the tray to pair with a wine chiller of sorts, but had little hope of finding a piece with a compatible patina: not too shiney, not too dirty; something that looked like it belonged. So the tray sat in my studio for a good deal of time until recently when I found the 4 Qt. galvanized oil can in a box at a yard sale. It measures approx. 10.5″ high (12″ including the spout) and 6.25″ across the bottom. And once I cleaned it up — not a small task, but successful — the patina was perfect! This oil can has no maker mark but is marked with a fill line and capacity specs (see photo). I am told that gallon cans were used back in the day at gas and service stations. Although I have thoroughly cleaned the can, it should not be used for food nor drinks; it is ONLY being sold to be filled with ice and used to chill a bottle of wine, soda, lemonade, etc.
Four galvanized coasters are also included with the set. I fashioned these from electrical boxes. Sharp edges have been filed, rubber feet have been added and the same black rubber mat has been cut to fit.