Table and Work surface
Usually, just about any flat surface large enough to hold your painting palette, brushes, thinners, mediums, and paper towels will suffice. However, I never liked how the brushes on a flat surface would roll around or how my palette with paint on it continually gathered dust. One of the first pieces I built for my home studio was this painting table; well really its an old microwave cart with a replacement table top.
While some artist may not need a table like this, it really does make the job easier. My intent while constructing it was to alleviate any pet-peeves I had with a flat table top. It has a hinged dust cover with a gasket to seal the pallet and keeps dust out when not in use. There is a brush holder that a makes grabbing a brush a breeze. The paint thinner cups fit in holes to prevent them sliding around. It has a paper towel roll holder as well as a garbage beneath. And there is still enough room for a table top lamp. Below I have provided details on these item and tips on how to build them.