Haywood Wakefield Makeover

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Stripping furniture is not my favorite chore but every now and then I find a great piece of furniture with an unfortunate paint job that demands my intervention. When I saw this great little nightstand at the thrift store for $10 I fell in love with the lines but was a little leary because you never know what you’ll find under the paint.

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When I opened the drawer and saw the Heywood Wakefield stamp I knew it was worth the risk. These mid-century Heywood Wakefield pieces are solid wood made with high-quality construction techniques and while I knew I couldn’t get it back to the original factory finish I could at least get it close.

I started the process with Citristrip gel stripper and a putty knife to remove the paint.

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A finish stamp on the underside of the top helped me determine what the original finish would have looked like. With a little research, I was able to find out that this was a “Cadence” nightstand in a sable finish which retails for $299.

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With the first layer of paint removed I went back with another coat of stripper, this time, using steel wool to remove any remaining paint and then sanding the entire surface.

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With walnut stain and several coats of satin polyurethane, I had the sable finish looking near original.

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All complete this restored Haywood Wakefield nightstands makes a perfect replacement for the cheap pine one that was once in my son’s room and it looks pretty great too!

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Comments

  1. WOW! love citristrip- it works so well, but even so i know what a challenge you faced. it came out beautifully!

  2. what a neat little piece! I have a coffee table that I need to strip, and I’m DREADING it. But seeing this reminds me that it will be worth it once it’s done 🙂

  3. It looks perfect with your room. Love the inspiration of your. Thanks for the tips.

  4. I couldn’t believe that you eliminated the coat to reveal the wooden stripe. I often see people do the opposite thing – coating the wooden furniture with paint. However, I love your idea of making a value wooden furniture take it nature-look back. Thanks for your sharing.

    • Thank You, I’m not against painting furniture but when I know it’s a beautiful solid furniture piece whose beauty I can bring back, it is worth the extra effort.

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