About a year and a half ago I moved out of my house and into my then-girlfriend’s (now wife’s) condo. It’s a small place and there’s three of us, so I don’t have room for the big painting table I was using at the old house. After some false starts, I’ve come up with the following solution for an effective painting station that I can easily store out of the way when I’m not using it and can start painting with a minimum of fuss when I have the time.
It starts with a mobile laptop cart I got at Office Depot. It is made to allow the table to tilt side to side, which I don’t need. I used some steel mending plates and screws to fix the table flat. This gives me a solid stable work surface that can be moved easily.
On top of that I have a couple boxes I bought at Michaels. One holds my paints, the other holds miscellaneous supplies, brushes, a plastic box with the set of figures I’m working on, etc. At the “business end” of the table I have my wet palette, jar of water to clean brushes, and a paper towel. I keep a notebook to record paint selections, etc.
I also have a floor-standing Ott lamp with a clip-on maginfying lens for light and to help out my eyes a bit. The setup works well and I have a convenient corner to store it all in when I’m done for the night. Now I need to spend more time actually painting. 🙂