The Rustic Pig’s Top Ten Painted Pieces

So, last week I shared that I was job hunting and a few of you have emailed to ask how the search is going, so I thought I’d update you all real quick…

Over the past two weeks I have interviewed for three teaching positions.  The first one I didn’t get, which led to the second one that I’ve yet to hear back from. (I’ll take that as a no.)  The final one was last Thursday.  Not only could I hear the previous interviewee in the conference room laughing and having a great time, but they were 20 minutes late getting to me.  I felt defeated before I ever walked in!  Then, their last words to me were that I wouldn’t hear anything until after school starts. 


I’ve only interviewed and not gotten the job once.  

Guess I can’t say that anymore!  🙂

So here is the weird part… in the same past two weeks, I’ve sold almost everything in my booth!!  A secretary desk that has been there for months, a table and 4 chairs, several windows, a drawer, and a dresser.  I also just finished a custom piece.  I can’t help but think God is trying to tell me that I already have a job and if I trust him then he’ll take care of everything.  I guess only time will tell, but that leads me to some fun news for today…

It’s my Blogiversary!!!!

I can’t believe it!

A year ago today I started The Rustic Pig with 25 windows.  I thought it would be fun to blog about what I did with each window.  I had no idea I’d be where I am today… owning my own business, painting furniture, selling my pieces at The Corner Cartel in Boerne, and blogging for a year now!

So today, I thought it would be fun to share my top ten painted pieces I’ve had the pleasure of painting during my first year in business.  If you’d like to read the full post, just click on the title to go straight to the original post.

1.  Something Old, Something New/ Something Old, Something New: Part 2~ When an old dresser was beyond repair I decided to find a use for the old drawers.  I added feet to the bottom and create a fun pillow holder.

The Rustic Pig: Use for Old Drawers

2.  Miss Mustard Seed Painted Desk~ This was my first time to use Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint.  I loved the chippy goodness of this desk when I was done!

The Rustic Pig: MMS Painted Desk

3.  Deer Silhouette Spring Mantel~  With one HUGE window left, I decided to paint a deer silhouette to go on our mantel for spring.  I love it so much that it is still there!


4.  An Empire Dresser Makeover~  Duck Egg Blue is one of my favorite Annie Sloan colors, and mixed with Old White, it makes for a beautiful piece.

Empire Dresser Makeover

5.  Antique French Desk~ I LOVE, LOVE my antique french desk!!  It is my absolute favorite piece EVER!!

French Desk Transformation

6.  Vintage Ironing Board Turned Welcome Sign~   I had no idea what I was going to do with this old ironing board, but once I figured it out, I was so happy with the end result.  This is a piece I still regret selling.  It looked great on my front porch!

Antique Ironing Board Welcome Sign

7.  Grain Sack Painted Leather Chair~  I’ve painted several things with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, but painting a leather chair was a first for me.  Luckily, it turned out great!

The Rustic Pig: Grain Sack Painted Leather Chair

8.  A French Coffee Sack Chair~  This was the first… and last chair I’ve reupholstered.  It was a tough job, but it turned out amazing!

9.  Summer Back Porch Headboard Swing~ This is another favorite of mine that I will keep forever!  I can’t explain how wonderful it is to have a swing where you can sit in the morning, drink your coffee, spend some quiet time with God, and just relax.  I think everyone needs a swing of their own!

Back Porch Headboard Swing

10.  Sweet Little Table and Chairs~ Well, since I can’t show you my newest table and chairs set that I finished yesterday, I guess I’ll have to share this one.  I think the fabric on the chairs really made this set.  I love that I just happened to be at the store when a sweet lady and her family came in to buy it.  That makes this set one I’ll remember.

The Rustic Pig: Table & Chairs

What a year it has been!!

I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store.

I’m already super excited to share several pieces I’ve been working on this past week.  Be sure to come back tomorrow!  

Do you have a favorite Rustic Pig piece?  I’d love to know what it is!

Much love,




My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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  1. I think you have found your place in the world! It’s a tossup between the desk and table and chairs for my favorite.

  2. Happy Blogiversary! I love all your pieces but your desk is definitely amazing!!! I hope you find your answers soon. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers! God Bless~~Ang
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  3. Happy Anniversary Claire!!!!
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  4. Hi Claire,
    Your top ten projects are wonderful! I think my favorite is the Empire Dresser, duck egg blue and old white.
    #2 – Deer Silhouette, #3 -Grain sack chair.
    Great stuff! I love how God is guiding you through circumstance.
    All the best,
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  5. I’d say that you KNOW what you are supposed to be doing. I think that was a sign that you are on the right path. It is humbling to not get a job that you applied for, isn’t it? Kind of takes the wind out of your sails and then you re-evaluate and realize that THEY are the ones that are missing the BEST of you.
    My favorite piece has to be the French desk. The others are really lovely but that desk is spectacular! LOVE it! xo Diana
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  6. ps-Congrats on one year of blogging. It seems like even longer to me-and that is a good thing-

  7. What great makeovers you showed. Happy Blogversary! Glad you are here.

  8. What wonderful pieces. Loving that French coffee sack chair. Congrats on your blog too!!!

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  9. Congrats, friend!! I love all of your projects! So glad we found each other on the interwebs! <3
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  10. I think the Duck Egg dresser is my favorite! I just ordered some the other day, even though I don’t have a project in mind for it yet!

  11. Congrats on your one year blogversary!!! LOVE your style and continued inspiration! HUGS ~ Judy
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  12. What you’ve done with the old drawers is fantastic! I need to think ‘re-purpose’ more often. Love!
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  13. Mary Stone (The Old Elf) says:

    Going on interviews is very difficult. However, you look very young (anyone younger than 60 yrs is “younger” to me…LOL
    And your youth and vitality and love of children will come across to the interviewer. Schools take a long time to make up their minds…I know that from experience (worked in the school offices). GOD may be showing you that you do have a job already…but you won’t know until you have the opportunity to return to teaching…then you can decide whether it’s teaching or doing your art crafting(sp) that is the better job opportunity for you. Enjoy your post and you ARE very talented.

  14. Congratulations! Wow! It’s so hard to believe it’s only been a year. 🙂 All you pieces are wonderful, so I don’t think I can pick a favorite. You do great work, and I love seeing all you share. Yes, I think God may be speaking through your circumstances. He’s the master at that.
    His blessings,
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  15. Cheryl Robbins says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary!! It would be hard for me to pick a favorite out of your top ten!! I think they are all wonerful. You are very talented and have such a sweet attitude….God will lead you where you need to be! Wishing you the best!

  16. Barbara Ann says:

    Your Anniversary for the First Year in the Blogisphire ( not a good speller) was your teaching job. We are the children you were lead to teach. And if a job going to the classroom each day does not come along, we all we be here in this classroom waiting for our next lesson. If items sold out, then I guess it is time to get sarted on some new projects. And I know I can’t wait to see them!!

    Congrats and you never know what tomorrow will bring.

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