There are two things that have been on my shopping list for a while – an antique adjustable drafting stool and a rolling cart, both for my studio. I’ve been trolling craigslist and looking at local antique and consignment shops and haven’t found anything that was just right. Well, I hit the jackpot at Junk Bonanza and found both!
One of the reasons it took me so long to locate these items is that I was being very picky. The cart had to be the right size, the right configuration, the right color, and it had to roll well. The chair had to be comfortable, sturdy, and all of the parts had to work properly.
Let’s start with the chair/stool. It was my most expensive purchase at $129. I paused for a moment at the price, but as soon as I sat in it, Chris and Cheri laughed, because my face showed that this was the stool. It is a very well-designed drafting stool and it’s in such good condition that it almost looks new.
It’s made by Toledo, which is a sought-after brand when it comes to drafting stools. I looked these up when I got home and they can go for over $1000! Mine isn’t as old as some that fetched that sort of price tag, but it still made me feel like mine was a bargain at $129.
The casters and mechanism to adjust the height are both in tip-top condition.
And, as perfect as the stool is, the cart is equally as perfect.
It’s not too big, so I can nestle it in next to my easel and the wheels work well, so I can easily roll it out of the way. The shelves give me plenty of storage for books, brushes I’m using, color charts for reference, paper towels, and anything else I need on hand when I paint.
And it was customized by a previous owner in a way that makes it perfect for me. The top shelf was turned over, so the top is completely flat! It is usually right-side-up and there is a 1″ lip, which would make it difficult to use as a palette. With the flat metal top, it’s exactly what I wanted.
The cart was $85 and I had a piece of glass cut for it by a local glass shop for $22. It’s now a nice, big palette to mix my paints on.
I put the glass on rubber spacers to keep it from sliding, but also to give me a little room to slide reference materials under. If I’m trying to match a specific color, I can slide it under the glass and mix the paint right over it.
I also painted a value scale swatch to keep under there, so I can check the value of my colors right over it.
The dark gray of the metal is maybe a little bit darker than ideal, but it’s still a nice, neutral mid-tone gray to mix over. And I’ve loved having the extra room on the palette.
I gave my set-up a workout the later part of last week and finished this master copy…
…and also painted some still lifes.
The studio is so close to being finished. We just need to get the closet done and a few other things. It was so nice to find these two perfect pieces to bring it closer to the finish line, though!