Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Oh Hey....wood wakefield.

If you don't know what Heywood-Wakefield is you've probably just never known it's name. HW makes amazing, curvy, birch Art-Deco pieces that, in good condition, can be worth a fortune. For some reason they're more common up here in Michigan than they are down south. (According to Tracie @ MCM) They're all over Craigslist and they pop into shops once in awhile.

I think they're beautiful.

So when you guys all said that we should have a sleeker version of a side table for the living room I immediately started making a list of what I wanted, and it pretty much came to a HW side-step table.

They have two tiers, skinny legs, and a lovely shape.

We started prowling our favorite shops and got to our recent favorite, April's to dig around. After going through the whole store, sitting in a corner, was a lovely MCM table. We grabbed our favorite sales girl and said, "So, what's going on here? What's happening?" (It was marked at $100) and she responded, "This Heywood Wakefield? It's waiting to go home with you for $80" Even Nate yelled, "Sold!" as he picked it up and walked to the door.

And here she is in the living room.


Now, some people tend to call anything that resembles HW by the famous name- but there are slews of knock offs all over the place. Out of curiosity, I prowled the internet to see if I could find anything similar, and here's what I found my $80 table going for.


Heywood Wakefield is still making furniture, and the new version of these looks something like this...


My jaw dropped. $500 for my $80 table? I immediately made Nate crawl under there to see if it was stamped- as all HW pieces are stamped and he started to grin.

Bam, baby.


This does complicate things slightly as this is a "real" piece of furniture, I can't paint it.

Nope. I can't. I was originally planning on dip painting the legs, but one does not simply paint a collectable vintage piece of furniture. And while the finish is slightly off of what I'd prefer, she is gong to stay the way she is.

She does add a certain something, something to the living room though, doesn't she?




24 comments:

  1. I freaking love that table. I need to peek under mine to see if it's a knock off or not... it was $10 at the habitat store on a 50% off day.

    I think if you want to restain it that's ok, but even I agree that painting it is a no-no. And I have no qualms about painting wood 98% of the time.

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    1. If you scored one for $10 you are a lucky lady!

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  2. G'Day! I came here via Decor and The Dog :)

    I have to say, i love love love your living room. The colours, the furniture, the HW side table. Drool. Your living room screams(whispers?) comfy to me - what a perfect place to relax. I'm glad I came by!

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    1. I hope you stay here! I love when people come by :)

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  3. I am a new reader from the link party at Decor and the Dog!! Your sense of humor is great and I love the premise of your blog! Everyone can have a perfect house if you've got money coming out your ears! Thanks for keeping it real!!

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    1. Thanks! I hope you stay with us! I looked at yours too! You have some adorable pictures!

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  4. Awesome find! It's interesting how it sort of blends in and doesn't grab your attention the way the white table did. Nice and understated, in a good way.

    I have to agree though... don't paint it. Buy a cheap knockoff to experiment with, but painting that would be like painting original woodwork in an historic home. Makes me cringe!

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    1. Yep, it is staying the way it is. I am so excited about it! I would never paint my house's wood, so I won't be painting this one.

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  5. Love it and I am freakin jealous!!!

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  6. DO NOT TOUCH THE TABLE!!! :-)

    Step back from the stain, paint, whatever - just don't change it!! You will knock the price down to exactly what you paid for it if you do.

    The table is gorgeous the way it is- and having a little light wood in the room is fantastic with all the dark wood, and lightens it up a little bit. The blond stain also works very well with the yellows you have in the room already, so I think it is an excellent fit - just as it is!!

    Wow --- what a fantastic find!!! Good catch!!! :-)

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    1. Thanks! I am SOOO Happy we found the stamp before we messed with it. That would have been devastating. It is staying just the way it is :)

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  7. I heart your new side table! Perfect style and scale for the rest of the room. I love the color too... it picks up the gold accents in the room nicely and makes a good contrast against the white wall. It really makes the colors in the owl and the lamp look more vivid as well. Speaking of your owl, I saw the same one in the store yesterday and am seriously thinking of copying you...they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery :D

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    1. Thanks! And please, copy away! We don't keep anything we do a secret!

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  8. Great find!

    Since you can't paint the legs, how about using some colourful washi tape on them? Could be cute, and commitment free.

    Love the blog, by the way!

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  9. It looks sooooooooooooo good. It adds so much character. I love pieces like that. It's so so sleek.

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  10. Coming over from Decor and the Dog, I love your owl!!!! :)

    -Sarah
    limitedspaceorganizing.blogspot.com

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  11. Just hopped over from Decor and the Dog. I LOVE that HW table. I think the wood color goes really well in your room actually! Perhaps you can add a fun tray if you want to bring in a bit more color.
    Sarah

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  12. Never heard of this company but I LOVE your living area colors. I really wish I was ballsy enough to decorate with louder colors like those, but I'm just too nervous I guess. Anyway, have a great Wednesday!

    Check out my Stella and Dot Giveaway -
    www.sarahandderek.blogspot.com

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  13. What an amazing find!! I love the sleek lines, and I think that lovely golden champaigne color works well with your sofa and chair. Score!

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  14. Love your living room and what a great deal on the table.

    When I saw your blog name on Decor and the Dog I couldn't resist checking it out and glad I did.

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  15. I am really really really really (really) jealous! Everyone in Portland knows exactly what HW is worth, damn it. It looks awesome.

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  16. I HAD to scurry over and drop my two cents in, but see someone else already did...I second the washi tape advice!

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