DIY Restoration Stains For Vintage Heywood Wakefield  Furniture

Restore your mid century modern Heywood Wakefield furniture to it's original glory. It's fast and surprisingly easy !!

YES....we sell Vintage Heywood Wakefield reproduction refinishing stains and kits

Part one of our "How To Video Series" on refinishing Heywood Wakefield Furniture using our refinishing kit. 

Wheat or Champagne... Which Reproduction Heywood Wakefield finish do I need?

Many pieces of Heywood Wakefield furniture will be stamped with the color. Look under tables, chairs, on back panels, etc for a stamped color. Sometimes only one piece will be stamped, so be sure to check them all. If this fails to produce the color, you will need to match it up to samples.

You may find your Champagne piece is more pink, or your Wheat more orange. The fact is, many of the original colors don't match one another. Heywood's finishes were known to differ throughout the years. Another factor is the aging process of the lacquer that was used in the 40's and 50's. The early lacquers turned yellow/orange with age. This is not so noticeable on a darker finish, but has a great effect on lighter finishes such as Wheat or Champagne. For various reasons, many pieces have aged differently. We have seen many Wheat pieces we thought were Champagne, and visa versa. When we developed our stains, we chose to recreate the most common color that we feel is most often found.

There are many versions of the two finishes. Below you will find what I feel to be good examples of pristine original Heywood Wakefield Wheat and Champagne.

Original (not refinished) Champagne


Original (not refinished) Wheat


Actual color of our champagne refinishing stain

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Actual color of our wheat refinishing stain

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