Wheat or Champagne, Which 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.
There are many versions of the two finishes. Below you will find what I feel
to be the most popular versions of Heywood Wakefield Wheat and Champagne.
By that, I mean these samples are indicative of the colors I see come through
our shop more than any other versions.
You may find your Champagne piece is more pink than these samples,
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. I have seen many Wheat pieces I 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.
Below are examples of the most common original Champagne and Wheat finishes
Restoration Studio Champagne Stain
Restoration Studio Wheat Stain
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