everything is illuminated & drafting challenges

As I continue to diligently (and somewhat frustratingly) search for a local, used, WOOD drafting table, I’m coming across all kinds of 1950′s to 1960′s drafting lamps.  This, in addition to seeing yet another OTTLite in a very dark corner recently, has me also thinking about lighting and the absolute necessity for adequate art studio lighting planning AND execution.  So eventually, I came across this article, Everything is Illuminated, by Michael Chesley Johnson and wanted to share it with those also considering in-home lighting challenges and solutions.  In the meantime, if my guardian angel is watching and listening, THIS image above is the drafting table (available from Restoration Hardware) that I’d really love to have – maybe even TWO if it’s not too much to ask – isn’t he GORGEOUS?  (Shauna Lee starts singing, “I Expect A Miracle“)

Now, it just so happens that I have this antique vintage dry sink or potter’s bench available (it’s a long story) and am currently listing it for sale.  The top has a removable wooden bowl (right) and cutting board (left) which is pretty size-able.  Here’s what crazy-little-ole-me is thinking (and here’s some creative thinking) – WHAT IF, I found a way to hinge the cutting board so it could be angled much like a drafting table.   WHAT IF, I removed the bowl and sat a deep, round wicker basket in its place to house my many markers and pens.  WHAT IF, the side panels of the apron could be removed and a light could be attached to the back.  Or WHAT IF, I could find a Key West carpenter who could tilt the entire top flat plane of wood up OFF of the base in a drafting table fashion.  WHAT IF, I painted just the top in a pretty cottage-y color.

Could I have my very own drafting table at last?  What say you?  Is there another solution for the bowl portion – without leaving a cut hole?  What’s that saying about necessity being the mother of invention?  Or the one about “Make it Do or Do Without”.  That’s many of our theme songs these days as gas continues to rise.  As I contemplate how gas impacts our daily lives (image credit to CNN), the conversion of the dry sink is looking more and more attractive, no?

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