February 23, 2017Reader Sara’s Refinished Heywood Wakefield Table – Thursday Retro Rewind
Since Mom’s Time Capsule Condo Series wrapped up last Thursday I thought I’d keep going with the “Retro Rewind” on Thursday’s and re-post some of my other favorite posts from the past. I know we’ve gained so many new readers since my first posts were done on refinishing my Heywood Wakefield furniture, so I thought it would be fun to re-visit all of my H-W refinishing posts from the beginning! The post below, on refinishing my H-W dining room set, takes us way, WAY back to the beginnings of No Pattern Required…..this was initially published all the way back in April of 2009….and you can see below – I wasn’t even a writer back then….just a “faithful reader”! This large dining table and chairs were the VERY first H-W pieces that I ever refinished…and boy, was I terrified! As you can see from all of the date stamps on the pictures below I bought the set in November of 2003 and did not finish it until June of 2008….almost 5 years! Back when I bough this set (good lord, almost 14 years ago!) there wasn’t a whole lot of info available online about refinishing H-W so I think that was one of my issues in getting this project completed…I just wasn’t exactly sure what to do. Eventually I threw caution to the wind and started the project. I figured out what worked best for me along the way and luckily found the awesome Heywood Wakefield stain from seller needful_useful_things ! The last sentence from my e-mail (below) to Ruth I wrote ” I really do love this table and I am so glad we bought it, but I could never refinish another dining room set again. I do have another small refinishing project to do, I bought 2 end tables when I was just in Texas, but that is a lot more manageable.” Oh boy, while I have not ever refinished another dining room set to date, little did I know back then the rabbit hole of refinishing I would soon go down! HA!
By Sara In AZ
Oh my God! I got the most amazing email the other day from faithful reader, Sara! She had mentioned in a comment that she had recently refinished a Heywood Wakefield table, and when I asked her to send me pictures, this is what I got:
I was not sure what stain to use on this set, because I really wanted it to match (as closely as possible) the original stain. I debated trying to have some stain mixed up at Sherwin Wiliams – or something like that. But I found this guy , on e-bay, who actually sells stain to match old Heywood stains. He sells stain to match both ‘Wheat’ and ‘Champagne’ so I got the Wheat. His stain is also really nice because the varnish layer is mixed right into the stain, that way you do not have to stain and then put on a top coat after the stain. I was DETERMINED to have this table stained and done before the REALLY hot Arizona summer days came! I absolutely did not want to be staining when it was 110 outside! The table legs were actually the last things I stained, so I was done in the first 2 weeks of June last year. AND………………