This summer I plan to
On the house that is....
First order of business was to
fix up the front porch!
I am a Georgia girl and the place I LOVE
most is Savannah, Georgia
So I wanted my front porch to
have a southern feel and maybe if
I closed my eyes for just a second
I could pretend I was in Savannah!
We took the previous white and rusted
cast iron urn along with the pedestals
that were gray and painted everything
a semi-gloss black. Sat one on
top of the other to make it look
like one tall piece.
I have been dying to paint the porch
ceiling in a haint blue color.
Now I will admit that when
sweet husband painted the first
section I had a few moments (hour)
of oh no what have we done...
but I stuck with my gut and
we went for it...and I LOVE IT.
Only after it was done did
sweet husband admit that
even he was doubting it
till it was finished....
what a good guy....
painting and letting me
have my way without saying a word!
Sweet husband's job comes with a few perks
one of which is he occasionally comes
across architectural salvage!
He made a porch "railing" out
of window gates.
You can see the garden statue
through the gates as you come
up the walk
A better view of the blue ceiling
For those of you who aren't familiar
with a Haint Blue ceiling... it is a common
practice in the south to paint your porch
ceiling a blue color.
Way back when they use to believe that
it would keep the evil spirts away
and from entering your home.
Another theory is that it keeps the bugs
away because they will think it's the sky
and move along.
One of my favorite descriptions of a
"haint" blue ceiling is because
it "haint" blue and it "haint" green!
Anyway you choose to view it
I love it.....and strangely enough
since we did it we have had less
bugs at our front door!
We finally painted the old white screen door
to match the front door.
Now why in the world I haven't done
this sooner is beyond me...cause
it has made a HUGE difference!
View looking in
I found this awesome foam relief of 3 angels
at one of our local thrift stores....it is
perfect for outside
The aluminum scrolls I had picked
up awhile ago at our Habitat for Humanity
thrift store....I only paid $3 or $4 dollars a piece
for them. They have been sitting in the garage for
almost a year now because I had no idea
what to even due with them.
Then as sweet husband was painting the
ceiling I thought...well DUH I could
use them to hold the lanterns!
And that progressed into using
the remaining ones as corbels
in the corners!
Much to my son's dismay I dug this bamboo
rug out of my neighbors trash...
what can I say I needed a rug...
it was the right price and I didn't
want to get cleaned up and dressed
to run to the store!
Nothing a little Murphy's Oil Soap
and a beeswax polish couldn't clean up!
Now it's perfect again...
and he will actually step on it
now cause it's been cleaned!
Now i'm on to the back porch...
wish me luck...it's a BIG job!
Curtains and Lanterns from
Green Pillow from
Front Door Paint
Dark as night
Grand Hotel Mackinac Blue