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Heywood Wakefield Revival

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This group of sad-looking Heywood Wakefield pieces are a part of my next series of projects. If you study the photos above you will see that these have been used and abused.

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Look at these two sad sorry end tables. The guy we bought them from proudly advised us he painted one of them blue and he went further to tell Mel and I he had planned to paint the other one red! AAARRRGGGHHHH! An intervention was required.

The first piece I took on was the coffee table model M905G produced for only one year during 1955.

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Gosh! Had the previous owner ever heard of a coaster!

As I have mentioned before the great thing about Heywood Wakefield is that it is SOLID wood. If a piece has any issue usually you can sand out most of the imperfections.

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Here it is sanded down and ready for stain. This will help get rid of all the water rings and will even out the finish.

Now that it has been sanded the next step is applying that famous stain that I get from Jeff off Ebay!

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Here it is after its first coat of stain. I applied 4 to 5 coats to get that nice buttery finish.

After a lot of staining and buffing between coats it is finally finished. I even had a piece of 1/4 inch glass cut from a local glass store ($30) for the top so another water ring never has a chance to appear. Without further delay…

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As usual Jeff’s finish always turns out great!

Before I had glass cut for this piece I was under the impression that getting glass cut for furniture was costly. But it really isn’t, and it is worth it. It only takes one careless placement of a glass with condensation to mess up your finish so spend a little and preserve what you worked so hard to restore.

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8 responses »

  1. I love these pieces! They are some of my favorite items from childhood. My mom’s parents had the end tables and I had one for awhile when I was a little girl. We painted it a million colors! 🙂 Good work

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  2. I love seeing your work! A revived piece of history beats soulless, mass-produced, new things every time.

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  3. What a beaut! Wish I had the glass cut for a wood end table I bought at Tabers in Del Paso Heights. I ruined the top of it with a glass of water. Argh, it is scheduled for an eventual refinish.

    Thrift Shop Commando

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  4. Do you have one of the M905G tables available?

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