Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Before and After: Heywood Wakefield Furniture

By Gretchen Sawatzki

Rare and unique are terms often used to describe Heywood Wakefield midcentury modern furniture. When I found one on the side of the road a couple of years ago, I picked it up scratches, markers, crayons marks and all, because furniture this nice is hard to find.

That being said, from time to time our restoration specialist has an opportunity to work on these stunning wonders, so when a Heywood Wakefield side table and dresser came into the shop, it was a project worth doing.


Heywood Wakefield dresser after sanding.
Photo by Charles Wiesner

Heywood Wakefield side table after sanding.
Photo by Charles Wiesner

Both the dresser and side table needed to be completely refinished. For this project, the customer requested a custom finish. Like most refinishing projects, the furniture needed to stripped and sanded extensively. After hours of sanding with fine grit sandpaper and several houses at the paint store, the perfect finish was decided on.

Heywood Wakefield dresser after refinishing.
Photo by Charles Wiesner
Heywood Wakefield side table after refinishing.
Photo by Charles Wiesner

The first coat was applied evenly and lightly sanded after it thoroughly dried. This step was repeated three times until the finish appeared even and smooth. The end result is two beautifully refinished rare Heywood Wakefield furnishings.

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