This stunning antique teacher’s desk was a real labor of love for Cait from Little City Farmhouse! She chose Lazy Linen to restore it’s former beauty.

I am so excited to share this piece with you! This desk has been a real labor of love. A client of mine asked me to refinish her grandmother’s teaching desk and I was happy to do it! This piece had been sitting in storage for so long and needed a lot of tlc – here is what it looked like before:

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And here is what it looks like now:

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The first thing I did was scrape all the chipping paint off. I worked outside on a plastic mat and wore a respirator – safety is key! I gave it several good vacuums after that and a good wipe down. The top of the desk was split in several places in several directions and was beyond repair. I had a solid piece of oak from another antique teacher’s desk that I stripped and stained to replace it with.

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I gave the rest of the desk two coats of Lazy Linen – a beautiful grey white – fixing bleed through water stains with shellac between coats. I chose not to topcoat this piece as I used the All-in-One formula to paint it which has a topcoat built in. The matte finish lent itself really well to the age of the piece. Also, because I painted over raw wood, I wasn’t worried about chipping.

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I distressed the piece really well to bring out all it’s character. My client is also a teacher so it’s really special to be able to refinish a family heirloom along through a family of teachers!

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Cait {Little City Farmhouse}

Hello! I’m Cait! I am a wife and a mom of two little ones, and a proud auntie of a growing little flock! I first started by refinishing several pieces in my own home, and fell in love with it. Slowly it turned into a business and something I could do from home. I love the thrill of finding old furniture, and I adore the process of refinishing it into something new and fresh. Refinishing furniture is the heart of my business. I believe your home should reflect who you are, and I love helping people get the look they want in their homes by refinishing their furniture for them.

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