3/13/14

A Southern Blue Porch Ceiling...

Consider this sort of a "part 1" to our screened-in porch "freshening-up".  :)

When we first looked at this house one year ago, this brand new back porch was definitely one of our favorite features.


I cannot WAIT until everything greens up again and the trees fill in like that soon!

That shot was taken shortly after we moved in last Spring. We used all of the same patio furniture from our last house (from Target- It's held up SUPER well for 4 years), and a glass table that my parents gave to us that they didn't need.  We used all of the same cushions (more on that in a moment), little lanterns, etc.  The porch has pretty much looked exactly like that since the day we moved in.

Waylon loves it too...


See what I mean about the trees?? Not so pretty in the winter... :/
One of my favorite parts about it is the pretty bead board ceiling. I had always dreamed of painting it a pretty "haint" blue (very common on older historic homes in the south).  
To get an idea, check out these photos here, here, and here. ...and if you want more, Pinterest has got you covered.

There's a whole southern backstory to the whole "haint blue ceiling" thing, and it mostly involves warding off evil spirits and mosquitos. Basically those two are one and the same in the south. If you've ever lived through a Georgia summer, you know what I mean. ;)

I'm not at all superstitious, and I'm not sure I buy the whole thing about it keeping bugs away, but I'm just pretty much in love with the way they look. 

And so our porch ceiling went blue.





Let me just tell you, it is not easy to capture the color of this bad boy on camera. It's a lot brighter and clearer blue than these show.

I used "Atmospheric" by Sherwin Williams in a high gloss formula (which is also why it's a bit hard to capture the true color because it's so reflective and pretty).  In person, it matches closest to how this ceiling appears. I would guess that's the shade they used as well. My parents just recently painted their new porch ceiling this same shade and my mom said that this was the color most often used to paint blue porch ceilings with from the info that she had found.

It's bright and beautiful and mimics the color of the sky perfectly.


The actual painting was a bit difficult. I just hate painting ceilings, period. I actually used painter's tape for this one since we have pretty moulding around the actual ceiling. So I taped that off and covered everything (even most of the floor) with drop cloths.  I didn't do that so much for drips (because I'm used to painting with a roller), but because rollers inevitably leave tiny "splatter" marks on flooring that you may not even notice right away. Hundreds of them. So it's best to be safe!

Here is a shot from the other side. The natural-colored wicker furniture was left from the previous owners. Which worked out perfectly because it's a large space and it was nice not having to buy extra furniture to go with the stuff we already had...


...Which brings me to why I referred to the new ceiling as "part 1" to this redo.  The furniture is in awesome shape and is made quite nicely. However, they didn't have any cushions, so I added my pretty  outdoor pillows I already had and used some mismatched large cushions to sit on that I found at Homegoods and TJ Maxx. I may eventually change those, but I think they'll look much better when I repaint the furniture. Before the pollen starts to fall this year (or I may just wait until after so I can clean it really really well), I'm planning on spraying the natural-colored furniture the same dark color as the rest of the furniture out here. After I do that, they should match pretty darn closely and everything should look a bit fresher and more cohesive.



I've owned outdoor pillows from several places, but all of my black and white ones have held up beautifully.  For three years they baked in the sun on the back porch of our last house and they've held up nicely for one year here as well. They still look brand new with zero fading which is super impressive.

I've even used them indoors for years.  I had some extra lumbar pillows and one extra square pillow I had in the basement that I used in our family room at our old house years back. Not sure why I didn't put them back out in there after we moved. That was always my favorite look for our family room (the black and white), so I put them out again recently.  All of these outdoor pillows I've shown are from Ballard Designs.


I love the look of mixing different black and white patterns. I'll do a post on this space soon!


Anyway, I love how the striped pillows are soft to the touch (unlike most "outdoor" pillows), yet I know they're super durable enough to last forever. It also works better in here because the stripes aren't too bold or wide, and rather than being stark black and white, they're black and a sand color.

Overall, while this was tricky (SO glad we have no other ceilings that need to be painted...), I'm so glad I went ahead and did it.  I feel like it made our house just a bit more unique and special. 

I'll update you guys when I spruce up the furniture out there.  I also want to maybe pick up a few ferns as Spring draws closer.

So do any of you guys have blue porch ceilings? What do you think about them?

33 comments:

  1. Your home is so beautiful Tiffany! Love what you've done xx

    www.amandaloves.com

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  2. I love your home decorating posts. Now I want to paint my porch ceiling blue. Only I need my husband to build me the porch first!

    Can I ask where you go the rug in the last two pictures of this post? I'm looking for something just like that for our living room.

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  3. Hi! Your house is always so beautiful and so clean! I was wondering how do you avoid clutter. I'm anxious to start spring cleaning, but I have a lot of old items from high school, college, etc. and I just don't know what to keep and what to get rid of. Do you hold on to old mementos. Also, do you have a spring cleaning routine? Thanks!

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  4. Gorgeous! I love your home deco posts, it's like looking at photos in an interior deco magazine!

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  5. Your home is absolutely gorgeous and so well-decorated. It's a true inspiration to those like myself who lack any sense of home style! Thank you!

    Jenny
    www.chibistk.com

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  6. Love the blue ceiling. I don't have a blue "porch" ceiling, but the ceiling in my family is a light blue. It's top sail, by Sherwin Williams. I'm also going to use the same color for the laundry room that I plan on painting next week over spring break while my daughter is with the in-laws. I also plan on using some of your ideas for organization in there. Thanks for all the great tips!

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  7. Your house looks amazing as per usual. I always look forward to these posts. They inspire me to get off my butt and get cracking on my home decor.

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee

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  8. The blue ceiling looks gorgeous and goes so well with the rest of the decoration. It is well thought and the superstitious aspect is special, because it has some kind of 'historic' background and that adds to the flair. I am glad you mentioned how well the outdoor pillows held up. I did not know that there are different fabrics. We don't get so much sun, but some of our curtains faded. When I replace them I will try to find the outdoor fabric. Thank you for the tipp!

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  9. I love this idea! What a great way to incorporate history and style! Great job on the mini-renovation project! Can't wait to see the furniture after it's painted!

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  10. Tiffany, I LOVE your home decor posts!! I live in a tiny 3 bedroom apartment in Paris (although we're quite lucky because it's already pretty big for a parisian apartment), so your home is such a dream :)
    (sorry for my poor English ahah)

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  11. I have never heard of or seen a blue porch ceiling. At least until now. I do, however live in Northwest Indiana. I love my parents back porch. Theirs is the natural wood stain which is typical for a northern style porch. I love the blue ceiling and I also love how you decorated your porch. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I love your home posts!! I aspire to have such a gorgeous home like you do! <3

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  13. Tiffany,

    I began watching your youtube videos years ago and I still love them. However, your decorating blog posts have become my favorite. Your taste is very similar to mine. I'm moving into a new house in 2 weeks and I have gotten tons of ideas from your posts. I particularly love that you mention painting and the colors you use. I am pretty much paint obsessed and it's not unusual for me to decide mid-day that I need to paint a room. I swear, I should be a painter for a living. ;) I'm def painting the ceiling of my porch asap! Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!

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  14. I love the pictures and the furniture in your home. We are currently remodeling our Ceiling and I found some nice ideas here :-)

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  15. Adoro tu casa, quiero vivir allí <3

    Kyllie | Make Up Fragrances

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  16. So pretty! Just that paint made a HUGE difference!

    thekidandthecute.com

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  17. I had always heard that the blue ceiling was to keep away termites.

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  18. I can just imagine myself having some lemonade on a hot summer day on your porch! The blue ceiling was def a nice touch, whether or not it it can really ward off bugs and evil spirits lol

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  19. Love your home decor updates!!!

    stephstylez.blogspot.com

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  20. Looks beautiful! You have great décor!

    Ray | Obey Ray

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  21. This is simply stunning! I love how you incorporate white and black without it looking dull and lifeless.

    www.stylecouturebeauty1.blogspot.com

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  22. When I was in college in Charleston, SC, we had a blue porch ceiling. I thought it had something to do with hot air and keeping things cooler....Or maybe it was to ward off spirits.... either way I think it just made me feel more relaxed. Love your home. Very beautiful!!!

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  23. I lived in Charleston SC and everyone had a blue ceiling. I'm not sure if it was supposed to make the hot humid heat not so bad, or if it was to ward off evil spirits...but it was wonderful! Love your blog and your home decor!

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  24. Great post, it all looks beautiful!!

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  25. I loved your blue porch ceiling. Its really unique and your home decor is simply awesome!

    http://www.stairsandiego.com/blog/

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  26. Looks great! I have a question for you though. I've been debating on what to do with a HUGE wall in my living room. It has a horizontal subway sign on it now with names of the places we've lived or visited...but it's the only thing on that wall. Is 'simple' better in this instance, or would you opt to put other things around the sign? Just curious.

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  27. Looks great! I have a question for you though. I've been debating on what to do with a HUGE wall in my living room. It has a horizontal subway sign on it now with names of the places we've lived or visited...but it's the only thing on that wall. Is 'simple' better in this instance, or would you opt to put other things around the sign? Just curious.

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  28. Your home is so beautiful! Can I ask where you purchased your leather couch/chair from? I'm finding it very challenging to find a simple clean look with leather. Searching high and low. Would love to know. Thanks Tiffany. :)

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  29. This is a gorgeous addition to your already beautiful home! Great idea!

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  30. I love the blue porch ceiling. We live in a cottage home in the country with a big porch. We were told that it needed to be blue because flies will not land on it and hang out because it is the same color of the sky .
    Now they only sit on the white trim around the windows and they have to be scrubbed down often.

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  31. I followed your lead and painted the ceiling over my back patio haint blue. Let me just say, if I never paint bead board again, it will be too soon. Sheesh! I love it so much though. My only regret is not using high gloss. I think it would have made it stand out more. I live close to New Orleans and that city owns a piece of my heart. Makes me think of being there when I sit and have my morning coffee under my pretty blue ceiling. I get so much inspiration from your home posts, so please keep that up!

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