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April 13, 2017

Refinishing Our Heywood Wakefield M793 Lamp Table with Drawer – Thursday Retro Rewind

Continuing on with re-posting my Heywood Wakefield refinishing series…….I am refinishing a Heywood Wakefield Lamp Table w/drawer this week! This lamp table with the drawer had been one of the things on my “holy grail” list. I saw it pop up on eBay and the seller was actually pretty close – about a 2 hour drive…I made him an offer and the rest was history! This post originally posted only about a year ago but I wanted to re-post it anyways since I am re-posting all of my H-W refinishing posts together right now. However, even though I posted this last year…..I actually refinished this piece about 3 – 4 years ago! I got REALLY back-logged posting about my refinishing when we were moving into our ranch and I realized a few years after the fact that there were still some posts sitting on the back-burner. Sorry! Now it’s time to play catch-up!!! There are 3 more Heywood Wakefield Refinishing posts in the pipeline after this that I completed a few years ago and just forgot to post about what with all of the mayhem of moving and such……so, the next 3 Thursdays be sure to check back to see those posts! 

By Sara In AZ

Gosh, it’s been SO long since I posted about a Heywood Wakefield refinishing project…..it feels like a million years ago since I did a post on a H-W refinish job! I was looking back through our picture files on the computer the other day and realized I had never posted about the Heywood lamp table I refinished before we moved to our new house.

Sorry this is about 2 years late…….better late than never right?! Let’s check out my lamp table!

I actually bought this off of eBay, but this happened to be a local seller so I just paid him cash in person and picked it up to avoid all those nasty shipping fees! I had always wanted a lamp table with the drawer but they are a tiny bit hard to find, I was shocked when one popped up close to me and jumped at the chance to get it!


As you can see from my pictures the table is not in horribly bad shape….I’ve refinished H-W pieces in MUCH worse condition!


But it wasn’t in fabulous shape either. The pictures aren’t picking up all of it, but the was a lot of scuffing and scratching to the surface.



The interior of the drawer was also pretty sad.


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.

Here is the table all dismantled and ready for sanding.


When you are dismantling a piece of Heywood furniture I cannot stress enough the importance of noting where ALL of the screws came from!!! Various lengths and sizes of screws were used in the manufacture of  H-W furniture and you do not want to risk trying to install a wrong screw somewhere!


One leg sanded and three to go!


Starting to sand the table top – sides are done!


And here is everything cleaned and ready for stain!


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 – you will not be disappointed!!!

Mike put together this nifty contraption to hold the legs upright while I was staining them!


And *huzzah* the staining is completed and here is the lamp table all reassembled!

Even the drawer looks better now!

It’s pretty much the lamp table of my dreams now!

And here is the lamp table all set up at our new house!


Stay tuned – there are more *forgotten* H-W refinishing posts coming up soon! Ugggghhhhh, I can’t believe I forgot to post about these refinish jobs….I guess we just got SO busy with the new house and the move that some posts fell through the cracks for a while. Soon….SOON!


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8 Responses to Refinishing Our Heywood Wakefield M793 Lamp Table with Drawer – Thursday Retro Rewind

  1. Beth Reply

    April 13, 2017 at 6:48 am

    You’ve so inspired me with the HW refinishing posts that I wanted to tackle a project on my own. A 7-drawer HW desk popped up on my local Craigslist, with the finish completely destroyed, but the seller wanted $450! When I asked him how he set that price given its condition, he said he asked an HW dealer the value of these desks. I can only guess he didn’t tell the dealer how awful the condition was. People seem to want A-1 condition prices for pieces that need hours of labor. Bummer!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      April 14, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      Beth!!! Uggggghhhhhhhhhh!!!!! I hate when people do that!!!! Yes, definitely that was NOT a $450 desk, he is dreaming as very, very few people are willing to put the time in (like you) to refinish it….and to pay someone would probably be around $750 ish. I’ll bet if you watch the listing it will just sit there forever…..maybe wait a month or two and make him an offer down the road! Let me know when you find your piece of H-W!!!!!!!!!

  2. Susan from Boston Reply

    April 13, 2017 at 9:57 am


  3. Susan from Boston Reply

    April 13, 2017 at 9:58 am


    • Sara In AZ Reply

      April 14, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      Ha! I knew what you meant!!! 🙂

  4. Maureen Reply

    April 28, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    I love these posts! I never see any HW up here-but I was in Palm Springs on vacation a week ago, and we did a MidCentury Modern tour. We went into a house that had the most beautiful HW bedroom set, and I thought “I think I might actually kill someone to have this set!”, then of course I thought, NO-but it was so wonderful!

    This lamp table is unbelievable, so very beautiful-what a great job you did!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      April 29, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      Awwwwww, thank you so much Maureen! I can certainly understand getting obsessed over H-W! 🙂

      If you are really wanting a bedroom set you might try searching Craigslist for your surrounding areas…even close by states if you are willing to drive to pick it up. Also, you could watch eBay as sometimes people who sell on there are willing to ship. And finally, new Heywood Wakefield furniture is made by the Heywood Wakefield Company…they don’t reproduce every piece in the line, but they sell some really beautiful stuff!


  5. Maureen Reply

    April 29, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Thanks so much Sara! The problem is I live in Alaska, so there are really no close by states. Russia and Canada-sure! States, not so much. I live in the worst place to be a fan of midcentury modern-I have come to terms with that! I love seeing your renovations, they are so gorgeous, thanks for sharing!

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