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