I built a small workshed in our backyard where I can tackle furnishing refinishing projects.
- As a hobby, I love to find older pieces of furniture that are constructed of hardwood however have been mistreated.
I can often find really appealing, antique cupboards, tables, dressers and desks that have been painted over. They might be missing hardware or seem hideous simply because of the color. Beneath the layers of paint is often gorgeous wood such as oak, black walnut and cherry. The process of refinishing each piece is labor-intensive, time-consuming and messy. I need to use severe chemicals and electric sanders. There’s tons of fumes and dust. Plus, I need a wipe and temperature controlled environment to apply the final finish of polyurethane. To accommodate our requirements, I outfitted the workshed with a ductless heat pump. This was an ideal choice because the heat pump is compact and required truly little for upgrade. The outdoor compressor is linked to the indoor air handler by a slim conduit that fits through a several-inch hole in an exterior wall. The system runs on electricity and is especially energy efficient. The indoor air handler mounted up high on the wall, is unobtrusive and lightweight. It operates quietly, filters out contaminants and provides both heating and cooling capacity. I especially love that I can operate it through an app on our phone. I’m able to beginning up the heat pump shortly before I head out to toil on one of our projects. Within a few hours, the system achieves a comfortable temperature.