Heywood Wakefield restores.

Being a collector of the Hey Wake blondes, I have a whole house full of them!  Those of you who collect know when you find pieces on the secondary market, they are usually in less than stellar condition and come with a slew of finish issues and damage.  I started refinishing pieces for myself.  My very first piece I just restored the top of and had my friend and finisher at my job help with matching the finish to the aged original.  It went well, but I knew I could not continue to rely on my friends at work.  So I decided to move forward using the werefinish.com 2 step water based system to match the original stain.  I love working with it.  Here are some pieces I have done with it and there are many more yet to do in my house! 

During restoration.

During restoration.

Completed cabinet is now in my living room holding my TV!

Completed cabinet is now in my living room holding my TV!

Refinished the top only of this piece.  My stain system was a perfect match!  It was sold and moved to California!

Refinished the top only of this piece.  My stain system was a perfect match!  It was sold and moved to California!

I had 8 dogbones and really only wanted 6.  My customer wanted to buy 2 to add to their other 4.  They hired me to do the restore work so I took these 2 from trash to awesome!  You can see them in their final home on the WALL OF FAME page!  They matched their new friends perfectly!

I had 8 dogbones and really only wanted 6.  My customer wanted to buy 2 to add to their other 4.  They hired me to do the restore work so I took these 2 from trash to awesome!  You can see them in their final home on the WALL OF FAME page!  They matched their new friends perfectly!

My only dogbone arm chair before.....yuck.

My only dogbone arm chair before.....yuck.

After!  I picked this fabric as 4 of mine have original dark green vinyl in mint condition, so wanted to coordinate the other 2.  I still have 5 more of my own chairs to restore when I get around to it.  We are using them in the mean time.

After!  I picked this fabric as 4 of mine have original dark green vinyl in mint condition, so wanted to coordinate the other 2.  I still have 5 more of my own chairs to restore when I get around to it.  We are using them in the mean time.

Full restore due to bad turquoise paint job followed by 'natural' restore in not original color.  They are now back to champagne and are super cute. 

Full restore due to bad turquoise paint job followed by 'natural' restore in not original color.  They are now back to champagne and are super cute. 

Stay tuned for more fabulous Hey Wake restores!  As a collector, I am always adding pieces to my personal collection and sometimes I will look to sell off a piece to make room for something else.  If you are a Hey Wake fan, please keep an eye on my shop!  I just picked up a step end table to restore for myself and will be selling off a rarer pair of steps with a drawer on the base.  They have some surface scratching and I would prefer to redo them, but I would consider selling as is!

Cocktail table full restore in Wheat reproduction stain for client to order.

Cocktail table full restore in Wheat reproduction stain for client to order.

Danish Paper Cord restoration.

Frem Rojle, Paul Volther Teak and Danish Paper Cord Dining Chairs.

Danish Paper Cord Repairs.

Danish Paper Cord Repairs.

The restoration was fun, labor intensive, and hard on the fingers!  30 hours to change out about 7 pair of broken cord on each of 4 chairs!  What saved this job, was the tiny staples that were used.  Had this been done with hooks, I would have had no choice but to restring the entire chair.  

The restoration was fun, labor intensive, and hard on the fingers!  30 hours to change out about 7 pair of broken cord on each of 4 chairs!  What saved this job, was the tiny staples that were used.  Had this been done with hooks, I would have had no choice but to restring the entire chair.  

Aren't they beautiful!?  These chairs turn up fairly frequently.  I do believe there were at least 2 finishes available as I have seen them in a lighter blonde, this teak and possibly a darker rosewood.  There is also a variation with vinyl seats.  They do not even compare to the awesomeness of the paper cord, in my opinion.  Also note that there were Malaysian made copies of this chair so make sure if you look for them you find Danish Control stickers on them!

Aren't they beautiful!?  These chairs turn up fairly frequently.  I do believe there were at least 2 finishes available as I have seen them in a lighter blonde, this teak and possibly a darker rosewood.  There is also a variation with vinyl seats.  They do not even compare to the awesomeness of the paper cord, in my opinion.  Also note that there were Malaysian made copies of this chair so make sure if you look for them you find Danish Control stickers on them!