Front Porch Ceiling Makeover

Ahhh, the joys of home-ownership!  It’s no secret that our house has been a work in progress. We knew that when we bought it. It is a beautiful historic home that needed some TLC. We purchased it as a foreclosure and got a good deal on it.

The first time we walked in, I fell in love as soon as I strolled through the front door. I pictured upcoming family events and my daughter walking down the stairs to leave for prom….yep, I was hooked. It took Marion much longer to fall in love. Actually, we left the house and he didn’t like it. At all. He had some lame excuses about how much work there was….blah, blah, blah. I was devastated. Reluctantly, I kept house hunting. A few days later, out of the blue Marion says “I can’t stop thinking about that house!”. The house had grown on him and he couldn’t get it off his mind. Yeeessss!!

The front porch has been a huge project. And it is a big deal! It is the first impression that your house makes to everyone and our house was not giving off a good vibe! All the paint needed stripped from the posts, railings and framework of the porch. In addition to all that, the porch ceiling needed completely rebuilt. The old tongue and groove boards on the current ceiling were rotting and starting to sag.  See for yourself.

The before picture always makes me sad, so to lighten the mood, I have inserted pictures with cute kids below!  Marion struggled to get our son Rylan back into the house after allowing him on the roof.  I think any kid would love hanging out on the roof when given the chance!  The picture below was taken right after we bought the house.  Also notice the widows watch on the roof.  The wood was so rotten, I think a strong wind would’ve brought it down easily.  Yikes!  But back to the porch ceiling…check out all that chipped paint!


Marion loves to demo, so he didn’t waste any time getting the old ceiling down. He purchased new tongue and groove boards and we began installing. It was a lot of up and down on ladders and passing the nail gun back and forth to each other. It made me extremely nervous when we passed that gun back and forth. I was convinced that I was going to be accidentally shot!

It took us about a full day to complete the install of the new ceiling.  I also kept the original front porch light, but painted it black.  The exterior accent color is a nice 1980 throwback shade of forest green.  All the light fixtures, hand rails and shutters.  These will all eventually get painted or replaced.  I of course want it all done now and have to remind myself that it needs to be one thing at a time!

Remember how I said it took us about a day to put the new ceiling up?  Well, it wasn’t a quick process for picking the paint color.  Fear paralyzed me.  I didn’t want to make the wrong choice.  Then, what?  It’s not like no one would notice.  It was literally out there for the entire world to see.  Well, maybe that is a tad dramatic.  BUT it was out there for the entire small town we live in to see.  Anyway…..

When deciding on a paint color, I knew I didn’t want to paint the ceiling plain old white again. I wasn’t going to go all crazy-like and paint the ceiling a bold, blinding color, but I wanted the ceiling to have a little personality. I love the porches that many historic southern homes have. It is common to see a crisp, fresh blue color. I sorted through tons of blue/greens and eventually went with Tidewater by Sherwin Williams. Not only does it look beautiful, a blue porch ceiling supposedly deters insects and birds from hanging out and building nests in the space.

I can’t believe what a difference this makes for the entire porch.  Our house is beginning to look like it is loved again.  This summer I have plans of taking down all the shutters and painting them.  For any of you out there who have painted shutters, any tips for me?