Our New Haint Blue Porch Ceiling

I've shown you the new roof which I love by the way. Now it's time for the house painting itself. Today I share with you the porch ceiling that I've wanted for a few years.
Both Earls hard at work! Painter Earl Cunningham standing on ladder and Other Earl priming spindles on porch railing.
Close up of ceiling dirty before washing or painting.
Porch ceiling before painting. It is dirty and dingy. The house itself is especially where the shutters were. It is a wonderful time for a face lift even though a hurricane gave us the reason. We are glad to have it done.
Beginning to remove shutters so the ceiling can be painted and the house itself washed. This is getting real! I'm excited!
Let the makeover begin!
Looks pretty dark here, but the color changes with the lighting.
I've looked at it all times of the day and it is a virtual chameleon.
I love it!
The white of the porch and home aren't painted yet in these pictures.
And yet it still shows a crisp, clean look
The ceiling has a little more finishing as well
Isn't it pretty?
Last shot of ceiling
More painting of porch railings and house front
The floor has to be stained as well
I will be painting these Cracker Barrel Rockers
They really need it!
It was hard to do picking the right color.
I finally narrowed it down to two and let Chuck pick the one he liked best.
I thought it was a little too blue and darker than I would like.
I also wanted some aqua into the mix.
The sky overhead changes moment to moment here so it really doesn't matter.
I have grown to really like it!
Time was getting away we had to choose.
My girls will be happy with this little bit of color I've added!
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Sherwin Williams
SW 9063
Porch Ceiling
(that is the name)
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3 questions
  • Val
    on Jan 30, 2017

    Can you please give the paint color and who its by? Thank you

    • Dolly Sarrio
      on Jan 31, 2017

      Val tSherwin Williams SW 9063 Porch Ceiling --(that is the name)

  • Kathy
    on Feb 5, 2017

    Will you be posting your porch when you get it finished? I am sure I am not the only one that would love to see it.

  • Lyn
    on Feb 8, 2017

    You ought to sponge paint white clouds on that sky blue ceiling. What do you think?

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  • Beth
    on Jul 16, 2018

    Thought your readers might like to know a little history behind "Haint Blue" porch ceilings. "Haint" is New Orleans-speak for "haunt". It was believed in that area that if the "haints," vampires and such came to your front door, they'd look up and see the blue sky by the porch light, think it was daylight a'comin' and return to whence they came! (Apparently, the dead and evil are also not very smart!)

    Here in the greater South, we know that blue porch ceilings mean birds and bees will not nest up at them, as they perceive them as sky, and therefore not a solid surface against which to build their homes. My daddy taught me this 50 years ago in Greenville, SC.

    • Dolly Sarrio
      on Jul 16, 2018

      My great uncle lived in the low country of South Carolina and they've always called it Haint for Ghosts evil spirits..They also told me of many ghosts in their homes as well. I used to tell them at our campfires and the kids would want more and more tales told...I put mine there for all the less building and the haints...yes, I have actually seen some believe it or not...

  • NWDL traveller
    on Jun 11, 2020

    According to the Trolley Tours in Key West the houses use the Haint Blue for porch ceilings to keep spiders and birds off the porch.

    • Dolly Sarrio
      on Jun 11, 2020

      In earlier days the paint was made of different ingredients and they worked really well. I can truthfully say we've only had one bird try to nest, no spiders, the wasps stay away from the blue. They now like to build behind the shutters sadly, but none on the blue! I am so pleased with the look and the benefits.

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