I often check out flea markets, garage sales, antique stores and estate sales.
I’m looking for good quality, antique furniture at a reasonable price.
I can often get a hardwood table, chair, dresser or bed frame cheap because it’s been painted over. I enjoy refinishing these pieces and restoring them to their former beauty and value. The process is labor intensive, time consuming and extremely messy. I start with a chemical paint stripper that creates a ton of fumes and then move on to working with the electric hand sander. This produces a great teal of dust. Once the furniture is stripped down to the bare wood, I need a clean environment in order to apply stain and varnish. With the severe weather in my area, I need an indoor, temperature controlled space where I can work. I built a small shed in my backyard and hooked it up to electricity. To handle heating and cooling, I chose a ductless heat pump. This type of system is wonderfully compact yet powerful and 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 and drainage lines. The air handler is lightweight and mounted high up on the wall. I’m able to control it through an app on my smartphone. I start it up about twenty minutes before I plan to work on a piece of furniture, and when I step inside, my 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 very consistent temperature and is exceptionally energy efficient. It’s also helpful that the ductless system filters contaminants out of the air and combats excess humidity.