I would in no way say I’m a purist when it comes to furniture. Reproductions, spray-painted lamps – you name it, I’ve either done it or thought about it. I’m also not one to shy away from a refinishing project, especially on classic pieces of furniture. But the other day I was alerted to these Heywood Wakefield Sculptura line items being sold at an antique store in East Sacramento and became outraged and overcome with sadness. My boyfriend and I stared at them – trying to justify paying $65.00 for each nightstand, and $125.00 for the dresser. We even OWN matching pieces to this set, and couldn’t justify paying the price for the “refurbishing” they had done.
These wonderful beauties had been poorly refinished and scraped of their former glory, then either slathered with red stain, or dipped into a bucket of discount teal-blue paint. (Which, as you can see, they had much of, and used on that neighboring porch swing.) I dub the color, “1993 Geo Metro teal.” The dresser was rough to the touch, and would snag your clothes like a voracious monster being duped out of a bone.
Perhaps you think I am overreacting. Just a little paint, just a little stain. They could be revived again! Well dear readers, the hours it would take to strip and sand the layers of blue out from every nook and cranny on these loves would just break my heart, break my brain, and my wallet. Here is what the Sculptura line is supposed to look like with its birch wood color:
If any of you out there are brave enough to take on the task of restoring these nuggets, or – more brash – make them work in your home in their current state, I say, BRING IT ON, BABYCAKES! And of course, send of photos of how it went!