Here's the conclusion to the Wythe-Craft pieces I recently acquired. First up, how the sanded top stained...
The color turned out great and here's the tip to getting most of the 60's walnut veneer pieces to match the rest of the finish on the cabinet when you only need to strip the tops. The Minwax Early American stain over the walnut veneer is almost a dead match for 80-90% of the pieces I have top stripped. There have been a couple of darker pieces that I've had to custom blend by mixing in some walnut stain with the early american, but it still makes for a great base stain and is normally a good match by itself.
After the stain dried down thoroughly I dusted and blew off any wayward particles and put three coats of satin spray lacquer. The satin is a good match for the original luster of the original finish. When I refinish cocktail and end tables I will more often use a polyurethane finish although it's a little harder to get this to flow out as easily as the lacquer. I've also found that to achieve the same degree of gloss as the lacquer finish it's better the use the semi-gloss urethane as it dries a bit more matte than the lacquer.
Hard to argue with the results! Yes, I was very happy with how this piece worked out. The bar pieces also cleaned up very nicely as well. These are going to make some one very happy!
Next up, a pair of scoop style MCM chairs and ottomans. The chairs came sans the seat and back cushions. These are nicely constructed pieces and have really nice lines, however they have no manufacture markings anywhere on them. I would really like to see what the original cushions looked like so I can replicate. I have loads of reference books on MCM furniture and can't find anything close. Any one out there seen this style before and can recommend a link??
The shells themselves are pretty comfortable to sit in and when I figure out how to handle the cushion debacle, they are going to be sweet! I may have to run these by my upholstery pros to see if they can be of any assistance. I'm sure they have seen so many pieces they might have some ideas on how to handle. Vinyl is in pretty good shape with only a couple of nicks and the frames are rock solid and just need a little TLC to bring them back up to speed.
And here's the Heywood Wakefield king storage headboard I just picked up, or should I say my wife picked up as I had to staff the store. It's a M790 6/6 and I've found these hard to come by and usually too rich for my budget when I do see. Can't wait to get a start on this one. I don't think I'll have any problem finding this a new home when finished. H/W never made a queen bed, only twins, full size and a few styles of king size.
The "new" Heywood Wakefield company does offer one queen bed online in the "dog bone" Encore line and I would guess it's probably one of their best selling items despite the very chunky price tag they are commanding for it.
If someone recognizes the black MCM chairs above, I love to hear from you...
Post again soon.