Back Porch Decorating on a Budget

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back porch upcycling projectsWe live out in the Texas Hill Country, and there is nothing like sitting outside in the morning, drinking a cup of coffee, and watching the deer walk by while the sun comes up.  My favorite place to sit outside is on our back porch.  For the longest time, all I had on the back porch was an old patio set that consisted of a table and four chairs.   I dreamed of patio furniture where I could sprawl out and read a book.  Maybe even take a nap!

Since I paint furniture, I always have a pretty good inventory of antique pieces in my garage waiting to be painted.  At the time, I had three headboards.  Yes.  Three.  I wanted these headboards to be something other than the typical headboard, so each day I would go into the garage and stare at them and wait.  I waited for inspiration.  I waited for some genius idea to pop into my head.   I waited for that something wonderful.

Then one day, I had it!  I had seen several people turn a headboard into a bench, but what if we could turn one into a back porch swing?

I immediately drew up some designs and we got busy working.

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Claire Berard

My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again!