August 4, 2011Refinishing Our Heywood Wakefield Encore Night Stands
By Sara In AZ
I guess I must have some weird obsession with sanding and staining Heywood Wakefield because it looks like I gave myself another big project with these babies! Remember when I refinished the Corner Table HERE and my Dining Room Table HERE, well I guess I just can’t get enough.
I came across these Heywood Wakefield Encore Night Stands at an Antique Store in Texas back in 2009 and could not pass them up. I am sure my husband thought I was crazy insane for bringing them home — especially looking like this. They were even worse in person, if you can believe that. There was old chewing gum stuck underneath the top shelf and cobwebs galore amongst other things. Ugh.
Here they are in the Antique Store, just when I was becoming obsessed with them!
I took some pictures just before I started the sanding process just to show you, in more detail, how bad these were. You can see all the scratches and rubs, the finish is half worn off.
It’s not pretty is it?
All the pieces have a different color of finish. I really think someone tried to re-stain parts of the night stands at some point along the way, but they sure did not do a very good job.
Here you can really see how different the color of the top looks compared to the drawer. The drawer is more of what the original ‘Wheat’ finish should look like, although it is in really bad shape here. The rest of the night stand has already been sanded.
Whew, all sanded and ready for the stain!
And onto the staining process. 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.
The little legs were stained first. We decided not to remove them, as it looked like it would be more trouble than it was worth.
The sides (to the top shelf) and the drawer pulls all getting stain.
Ahhhhh, the night stands are looking better already!
The drawers and the top shelves all getting stain. I had to hold the drawers down with books wrapped in foil so they would stay steady as I was applying the stain.
And finally, the finished product! YAY!
No more cobwebs and chewing gum is also a plus!
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