June 24, 2010Refinishing A Heywood Wakefield Corner Table!
By Sara In AZ
I really, really love Heywood Wakefield furniture. If I can find the stuff at a reasonable price, I will always pick it up. It seems like most of the Heywood I find are pieces that need total refinishing because I am cheap and don’t want to pay hundreds/thousands of dollars for the “perfect” furniture. Check out the post on my Heywood dining table HERE. I have to say this corner/end table was probably my best find ever, though you probably think I am insane for saying that from these first few pics. I bought this Heywood table at a thrift store here in Phoenix for $15. This table is marked c 3755 G and was made from 1940-1944 when Heywood Wakefield was using paper labels instead of the burned in ‘Eagle’ logo. I almost passed this by at the thrift store, but then I was thinking “That sure does look like Heywood”. So I went for a closer look – only hand written numbers on the bottom, no paper label at all. I was positive 3755 sounded like a Heywood number, but I was not totally sure. So, I took a chance that it was really Heywood and bought it ! It was beat to hell, as you can see from the pics. It had these huge dents in the side edges of the wood, most of the stain was in really bad shape, and it looked like some water had gotten on the bottom of the legs. I think Mike thought I had gone ‘looney tunes’ when he saw this one come through the door. I looked the table up when I got home, and sure enough it is a Heywood Wakefield table. I am assuming the paper label just fell off over time. I am sure the thrift store would not have sold this for just $15 had they known what it really was- though it did need a HUUUGE amount of work.
Oh boy, starting the sanding process……………. There was really no way of removing the legs for sanding/staining, so I just had to work around that! And yes, I did manage to sand out all those dents!
And onto the staining process. I always like the staining process, the furniture always looks so pretty and fresh. I always use this ‘Heywood’ stain I get off of E-Bay. There is a guy on there who mixes stain to match Champagne and Wheat finishes. It is a stain and topcoat all in one so you do not have to worry about too many steps. I have always had really good luck with his stains, and he will mix custom colors for you if you need that as well. HERE is a link to his E-Bay store.
And here is the finished product! Ta Da!
I think it turned out pretty good! Has anyone else out there refinished any old furniture? If so we would love to hear your story!