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April 24, 2014

Refinishing Our Heywood Wakefield M321 Straight Bookcases

By Sara In AZ

Some of you might remember when I posted about finding and refinishing our Heywood Wakefield corner bookcase – I had wanted one for a LONG time and lo and behold one popped up for sale about a mile down the road!

Well, I always thought it would be nice to have a straight bookcase to go along with the curved one. I wasn’t avidly looking or anything…..just checking out Craigslist every now and then to see what H-W was up for sale.

One day I came across an ad on Craigslist from a guy down in Tucson was basically clearing out his whole collection of Heywood…and in that collection were not one, but two, straight bookcases!

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Mike and I decided to make to drive down to Tucson and check out the bookcases in person. When we got there this is what we saw…………………………….

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These bookcases were in HORRIBLE shape! There was hardly any finish left in the pieces and what was left was pretty much destroyed.

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We struck a deal for $75 each since they were in such poor shape………..so ‘Sara’ to the rescue again!

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I dismantled everything on each of the bookcases.

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Even the feet were eventually taken off.

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You MUST mark what screw went where and……………………..

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…………..what piece of wood attached to what!!!

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And we are off to the races….well, sanding anyway!

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I don’t know if you can clearly see all the scratches and gouges in the shelf…..so sad!

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Ugggghhhhh, it was just in SUCH bad shape!

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Here is a fully sanded shelf next to an un-sanded shelf.

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Ahhhhhhhh, one complete bookcase sanded and ready for stain!

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If you would like to see an in-depth look at my staining process please see the post Refinishing Our Heywood Wakefield M328 Desk Bookcase…….The Definitive Post on Refinishing! – that post will give you all the in’s and out’s of my refinishing process.

Time for the stain!

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This piece is getting the first coat of stain!

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And 4 coats later we are finally done…with one side that is!

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Here we have a whole new set of pieces starting the staining process.

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I always use the same Wheat ‘Heywood’ stain I get off of a seller on E-Bay. There is a seller on there, needful useful things, who mixes stain to match Champagne and Wheat finishes of Heywood Wakefield blonde furniture. It is a stain and topcoat all in one so you do not have to worry about a lot of 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 needful_useful_things . He is a really great seller who is super nice to deal with and is really customer service orientated as well! Check him out!!!

Now, onto re-assembly!

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It’s SO much fun seeing everything come back together!

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And here we have our new refinished bookcases!

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Whooo-Hooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!

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Not a scratch, stain, or watermark to be found anywhere!

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Oh my gosh, it’s like night and day…..you would not even think they are the same bookcases!

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I am SO excited to have this project behind me! YAY!!! I can’t wait to get them all set up at the new house!

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8 Responses to Refinishing Our Heywood Wakefield M321 Straight Bookcases

  1. RetroRuth Reply

    April 24, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Oh man, they are so gorgeous when you get done! How can you even use them!?! 🙂

  2. Janice Reply

    April 24, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Outstanding! Good for you for saving these wonderful pieces. I can’t imagine people letting their furniture be destroyed they way these were, but they look brand new now – thanks to your time and effort! Well done!

  3. Andrea Reply

    April 24, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Yikes! Those really were in awful shape – such an AMAZING job you did refinishing them, you’re so good at it! Too bad you don’t live closer, I would trade you refinishing for sewing 😉

  4. Kim Campbell Reply

    April 24, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Beautiful job!!

  5. Sara In AZ Reply

    April 25, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Thanks everyone! 🙂

    And yes, I am terrified to use them Ruth!!!

    Andrea…..OMG, yes….I would SO trade refinishing for sewing!!!!

  6. Kathy Reply

    August 9, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Hi Sara…Do you refinish for others or just yourself ? Your work is amazing.

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      August 10, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Kathy – just sent you an e-mail!

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