I often check out flea markets, garage sales, antique stores as well as estate sales; I’m looking for relaxing quality, antique furniture at a sufficient price.
I can often get a hardwood table, chair, dresser or bed frame cheap because it’s been painted over.
I care about refinishing these pieces as well as restoring them to their former beauty as well as value. The process is labor intensive, time consuming as well as extremely messy. I start with a chemical paint stripper that creates a ton of fumes as well as then transport on to working with the electric hand sander. This produces a superb teal of dust, however once the furniture is stripped down to the bare wood, I need a clean environment in order to apply stain as well as varnish. With the severe weather in our area, I need an indoor, temperature controlled space where I can work. I built a small shed in our backyard as well as hooked it up to electricity. To handle heating as well as cooling, I chose a ductless heat pump. This style of system is appealingly compact yet powerful as well as provides year round temperature control. There is an outdoor compressor that is linked to an indoor air handler by way a conduit. The conduit houses the refrigerant as well as drainage lines. The air handler is lightweight as well as mounted high up on the wall. I’m able to control it through an app on our smartphone. I start it up about twenty minutes before I system to labor on a piece of furniture, as well as when I step inside, our shop is perfectly comfortable. The ductless system features something called inverter technology that allows it to regulate speed to accommodate changing demands! Because of this, it maintains a truly consistent temperature as well as is exceptionally energy efficient. It’s also helpful that the ductless system filters contaminants out of the air as well as combats excess humidity.