We used to have a vintage metal drafting table just like this one in our studio apartment. It still had the original wooden top, and we still used it for drawing. But when it came time to entertain, the drafting table easily turned into a buffet:
We simply removed the vinyl Borco cover from the top, brushed off the wooden surface, and voila - a spacious counter-height surface for serving (in a studio apartment, nonetheless).
In the example pictured up top, the humble drafting table has been elevated way beyond our makeshift use: The wooden top has been replaced with a thick glass slab to create a large island in a drop-dead gorgeous Bridgehampton kitchen. Still, the core idea is there: old drafting tables look great and can function just as well in the kitchen as they once did in the office or studio.
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