The Southwestern Porch I made for my mother years ago started to fall apart, so I took it home, repainted, reglued, and touched up. I added a few new pieces, and built a case for it out of picture frames. Ordering custom-sized frames was a bit expensive, but I like the way they look. (If I’d known then what I know now, I’d have bought standard-sized frames first and made the room to fit.)

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Repainting the walls, regrouting and cleaning the tiles gave it a fresher look.

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This is the only photo that shows the right side. The right side and the bottom are pieces of plywood cut to fit. I used a picture frame on the back (wall with windows), with no glass, then did the front, top, and left side with frames plus glass (acrylic).

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The left side is not screwed or glued in. It fits between front and back walls, held in place with hooks. This way, if things get knocked over inside, it’s easy to remove the panel and put everything upright again.

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The case helps protect the inside from dust, and most importantly, my mom’s inquisitive cat. It also finishes off the box and makes it look nice.

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These beautiful hand-thrown pots are from Poco Pots. I collected from her every chance I could before she retired.

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A couple of souvenirs and a hand-painted Indian plate are not to scale, but this box is for enjoyment, so it’s all good.

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I added this Arts-and-Crafts shelf unit with more collected plants and pots.

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Chair is a commercial piece aged by me. We can pretend it came out of an old church, found at a rummage sale.

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Enjoy more photos of the finished box! Click for larger versions.

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