Dressing Up Your Front Porch
Hope you all had a great 4th of July we were busy with a few projects and parties, but we still found sometime to dress up our front porch. We just wanted to add a little more character and curb appeal for the summer.
Some of the upgrades we decided to do were just basic home maintenance. We decided to have our entire home pressure washed, mainly because we wanted our 3 story windows on the back of the house cleaned on the outside and Ron was not going up there to do that! However, we were actually surprised at how dirty our house was after only 3 years. Our white trim that we thought was just a shotty paint job, was actually a gray mold that washed right off with a chemical solution and now looks brand new. Our cedar columns and front door both had some sun fade so we decided that a fresh coat of stain on both would just help to protect the freshly cleaned wood and while everything was nice and clean lets paint the ceiling haint blue.
I know that many of you have seen my post about painting my Sleeping Porch ceiling “haint blue” we also did a wrap up about the process in Week 3 of the challenge as well, if you are linking over to my older posts. This is a huge tradition here in the south. I obtained this particular haint blue color directly from the SCAD historical design group, used for the historic preservation homes in Savannah, GA during one of my visits years ago. I just squirreled that information away for a rainy day use, when I would have a rocking chair front porch worthy of this paint. Although haint blue comes in several shades from a pale blue to more of a green-blue, I just personally think that the historically accurate color was the way to go. Sherwin William DCR075 Piazza Blue from the Historic Architectural Collection. My local Sherwin Williams actually had to look it up for me, so you may have to ask for it by name and number, it’s not one that they are familiar with or that is in their system.
THE HISTORY OF HAINT BLUE CEILINGS
A haint blue ceiling can be found on many famous southern porches from Charleston to Savannah and is known for it’s soft blue-green color. Legend has it that people painted the ceilings haint blue to look like the sky in order to confuse all the ghosts, spirits, haints or boohags to keep them from coming into you house. That’s right, I said “boohags”, see I am truly a born and breed southern girl. Haints and Boohags are restless spirits of the dead who, for whatever reason, have not moved on from their physical world. Historically Haint blue can also be found on door and window frames and is intended to protect the homeowner from being “taken” or influenced by haints. It is said to protect the house and the occupants of the house from evil spirits.
The Modern Benefits– It also will cut down on the amount of bugs, birds and critters on your porch, since the ceiling looks the sky and not an actual shelter. So you are less likely to have unwanted nests, hives or webs. Which can eliminate accidental stings and those snake visitors that might drop by looking for a light afternoon egg snack in your local bird nests. We also have been wanting to add some old fashioned farmhouse style numbers over the front steps to our porch. I just like the character that this adds to a home. It is kind of a lost tradition since most homes have mailboxes with numbers, but I love the way big iron numbers mounted on a home look. It reminds me of those historical homes in Savannah that I just love. After searching online I was able to fine some 8″ iron numbers with a little heft to fill the 12″ space over our porch and not look to dinky like the 4-6″ versions at the local big box stores. In my opinion there is nothing worse than undersizing an item when you have a large space, which is one of the golden rules of a interior designer.
This was such a simple upgrade that makes such a big difference, just like when we added the Carriage Hardware to our shutters back at the beginning of the year. Check out all the details at our full post Instant Curb Appeal Adding Carriage Hardware. It just elevates your exterior to another level and says “I am a house that my owners have turned into a home.” I have also been looking for a set of really great farmhouse light fixtures for my front porch. I will be honest the ones I picked 3 years ago were just place holders, since I was a little bit a head of the whole farmhouse trend. The items were not as readily available then as they are now, and the selections are infinitely better. Plus, I always thought they were a little bit small for the scale of my porch as well and you know what I just said about undersizing items, just don’t do it.
I found these great farm style lanterns on Overstock.com for such a steal, both fixtures for $125, heck yeah! The best part is no glass. That’s right I opted out of glass, since it is always getting dirty,coated in pollen or catching bugs up inside. I just think they are going to a more practical outdoor light fixtures and they will look good year round, with less maintenance, which for me is a win, win.
I am so happy that I got to share all of our porch upgrades with you all today, the last thing I wanted to show off is my gorgeous gardenia tree. It is blooming right now and makes the entire porch smell amazing! I find it just adds the perfect touch of southern charm when you walk up ring the bell. In fact my husband loves it so much he wants to drink his coffee out on the front porch rocking chairs every day right now just so he can smell them on the breeze.
I just had to share this fantastic tree, because it was such a rare find. It has the large old fashioned blossoms, that are 4-5″ wide, which are absolutely perfect for a brides hair on her wedding day if you ask me, wink wink. I came across this tree last year at one of the big box stores, I can not remember which one now, but I knew I had to have it. I placed it into a large urn so I could properly winterize the tree inside, or it would surly freeze during the winter.
Honestly I have yet to have a gardenia live in this yard, I think I moved to far north. In my previous yard, I had hedges of the miniature gardenias, covering one of my terraces, but the past 3 winters in this home I have lost ever single gardenia I have planted. This past year I lost my encore azaleas too. This being in the foothills of the mountains is quite the learning curve for this native Georgia girl.
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Here is where we ordered our numbers from, in case you like this size and style: