Ellen here. I'm back with more porch talk. At the beginning of spring, I took over T.J.'s blog to share my front porch inspiration board, and
I've been steadily taking on different projects to bring that board to
life. First I painted stripes on the porch floor of my East Nashville
home. Most recently, I did a "haint blue" ceiling. That's what I'm
blogging about today: My porch feels quintessentially Southern now. Getting it there has been a well-blogged-about process. First, I painted the front door Benjamin Moore's Wyeth Blue; that was last August. Then I painted stripes on the floorbecause
... obviously. Now I've painted the beadboard ceiling sky blue, known
here in the south as "haint blue." I am in love with the mythology
behind this decor choice; legend has it that the blue will chase away
"haints," which are lost souls, restless apparitions that are still
sticking around to stir up some no good. Plus, blue porch ceilings are
said to deter bugs, tricking them into thinking it's the sky they're
flying up into.
want to do landscaping next. Not sure if the budget will allow for that
this year, but we're definitely dreaming about big, fat flowering
shrubs and meandering vines. For the record, this striped porch has
proven to be a little high-maintenance, although I wouldn't take it back
for anything. Still, rainy days mean paths of muddy footprints, so I've
taken to mopping the porch once a week or so.
porch ceiling paint project cost only about $5 (the cost of my roller
brush) because I mixed the paint myself. First time ever doing that--it
was fun! I mixed two colors of blue I had on hand, a little mint, plus some of the cream porch paint, to make enough to cover the ceiling. Finally, I found this little rattan chair at Southern Thrift on Gallatin last week. It is the most comfortable. We have been sitting for long spells out here, feeling Southern as hell. Which we are, happily.
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