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no. 50 nitetable from mainline by hooker

Alright, old guys, time to do your thing. 

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Better Half found this cute little night table at a thrift store in the area, and before we do something crazy like spray-paint it or refinish it or whatnot, we want to ensure it is not something important/special/rare/etc.  Apparently the brand was big back in the ‘50s and ‘60s, but that rather predates us by a bit. 

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The only identifying marks are “NO. 50 NITETABLE” stamped on the back, and “Mainline by HOOKER” burned into the bottom of the drawer.  The construction is pretty much solid wood with the very rare metal reinforcement, with the only exceptions being the oriented strand board bottom of the drawer and the laminate finish on the exterior. 

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Given that the finish is damaged and laminate is pretty much irreparable, we were thinking of painting it black or something else dark, and redoing the metal in a silverish color.  Never know, though. 

8 comments to no. 50 nitetable from mainline by hooker

  • Go for it. There’s tons of that stuff around.

    They even had a government contract for a while.

    As a matter of fact, that looks just like one of the nitestands we were issued in Okinawa, back in ’94. Are those boot polish stains in the bottom of the drawer?

  • MAJ Mike

    I think you’re safe in painting it. Black with new hardware would work fine.

  • http://www.hookerfurniture.com/index.cfm/furniture/articles.show/home-decor/9/about-us.cfm

    From what I read here, it is pretty much a mass market furniture maker. Let the Better Half have fun sprucing it up.

  • Jon

    If the condition was good I’d tell you not to do anything with it as people seem to like that stuff, but if the finish is pretty trashed then do whatever you like.

  • It’s a project! You could try distressing it with chains and barb-wire to get it “quaint” and steam-punk looking, then bash-on some gold-leaf with a sponge for added texture. Brown is the new Black – black is…everywhere.
    Maybe those splayed legs can come off and you can find something turned with a curve.

  • @ MSgt B: Ah, good to hear. We are always horrified of getting something home, stripping it down, refinishing it and doing Lord knows what else to it, and then realizing that it was something rare/unique/etc.

    And, yeah, polish stains would make sense there… I was trying to figure out how the hell someone managed to burn a perfect ring into it.

    @ MAJ Mike: I am thinking one of the crackle finishes would cover up any imperfections in the wood pretty nicely…

    @ John Richardson: While true now, you never know about decades past with some companies.

    @ Jon: Yeah, the laminate was chipped off the back edge of the top pieces, so I definitely would not categorize this even north of 90%, plus the normal collection of scratches and whatnot something this old will collect.

    @ NotClauswitz: Hell, I want to mount a pistol rack in the drawer and a watch rack under the top shelf, but I think Better Half has already claimed it as hers…

  • cuthach

    “I was trying to figure out how the hell someone managed to burn a perfect ring into it.”

    We used to set the polish on fire before polishing our boots. Could be someone was using that technique and overheated the tin.

  • Yup, that is immediately what jumped to mind when MSgt B mentioned polish. No big deal anywise – it is on the inside of the drawer, and we can always line it.



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