All About Haint Blue Ceilings


All About Haint Blue Ceilings

So we are in week 3 of One Room Challenge, All About Haint Blue Ceilings.

This week we will painting our ceiling haint blue and taking a comprehensive  look at why  you might want to do consider this color, as we learn All About Haint Blue Ceilings.

For those of you following along on the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge. (Here is the link to check out all participants) Graciously hosted by House Beautiful and Linda @ Calling It Home


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So….. we have now experienced the challenge part of the One Room Challenge Week 3: Haint Blue Ceilings.  I must eat my own words, on the prior proper planning prevents piss poor performance. You see I had found a great rug online from a company that will remain nameless, because I still love the company, even though they are out of my rug! Which I found out when I went to order at the end of last week, the size I needed was sold out… not back in stock until July 4th…..YIKES!!! Well let’s just say I saw stars, stripes and fireworks! Well, that was not going to work at all, so I busily started trying to locate a second choice for the indoor/outdoor rug. You know how it feels when you get your heart set on something, and you just can’t have it and that one thing is all you can focus on, and you think nothing else could possibly do!!! Yep, well there you have it my week 3 challenge. Oh but on the plus side, I have ordered all of my soft goods, which includes the drapes, bedding and the new 2nd choice replacement rug ( not the one pictured below) . We shall see if it can live up to the ideal rug that I have built up in my own mind.

“So, other than that Mrs. Lincoln how as the theater?” Despite the slight melt down I had over the rug debacle we are still moving forward I have also obtained most of the hard goods for staging the room for the reveal. I am however still looking for a full sized mattress, as the possible sponsor that contacted me, has not called back to confirm they can work within my timeline. So in order not to be behind, I am moving forward, with the thought that they can not accommodate my criteria or deadline requirements.

A SURPRISE?, Well I  LOVE Surprises!

Oh and now it is time for the “good news” of the week. I have procured a “surprise antique item”  seen below, which will be an add to my  DIY list, as a complete refinish to add to the space, not seen on the inspiration board. So be sure to check back in at the reveal to see our surprise antique, Hehehehe it makes me giggle a little when I think about it…… “that’s right” an antique that makes me giddy!!! Can’t wait 3 more weeks? You can catch a sneak peek of the mystery DIY as a subscriber to my Designer Notes.ORC DIY JENRON DESIGNS

One Room Challenge Week 3: Haint Blue Ceilings:

As far as projects go this week, we purchase and applied the haint blue paint on the ceiling. Which is actually Sherwin William DCR075 Piazza Blue  from the Historic Architectural Collection. They actually had to look it up for me, so you may have to ask for it by name and number. I obtained this color from the SCAD historical design group for the historic preservation homes in Savannah, GA during a visit years ago I just squirreled away the information for a rainy day. Although haint blue comes in several shades of a pale blue/green I just think the historically accurate color was the way to go. ORC DIY JENRON DESIGNSAnother project we decided to tackle this week is the ceiling fan. I currently had a very plane and basic outdoor ceiling fan in solid white. Which works, and was only about 6 months old, but it was boring. After looking for a rustic outdoor ceiling fan I was highly disenchanted with my options. Most of the styles that had aesthetics I liked either had fan blades that were too big for the space, or it hung too low from the ceiling and not rated for outdoor use. Which will result in those not so flattering, droopy blades you see out there all over the place. So I decided if I can’t find one to buy, I will make one instead….. yep another DIY. We removed the fan to paint the ceiling and while it was down I painted the blades with Amy Howard Selznick Grey  and the body of the fan with Rustoleum Galvanized Metal  spray paint.  I the result is amazing, just see for yourself. ORC DIY JENRON DESIGNSHere is a closer shot of the fan blades. I was going for a driftwood color. As you can see the wood grain texture is so real yet so fake. Just like a fake tan so is my fan!!! Obviously I am getting tired as the project is moving along,  as I am now making horrible puns.ORC DIY JENRON DESIGNS

This week we will be starting on the construction of the pallet day bed. The pallet boards are all prepped and ready to go. Below is a copy of the blueprints for the DIY build. We are thinking that due to size the bed will be constructed into the 4 pieces as shown below and stained separately. Then the pieces will be move up 3 floors to the master screen porch where the entire bed will be assembled as one piece.


We will be painting the ceiling a historic Haint blue color from Sherwin Williams (story in link), a soft blue-green color which is a true southern porch tradition. A haint blue ceiling can be found on many famous southern porches from Charleston to Savannah. Legend has it that people painted the ceilings haint blue to look like the sky in order to confuses all the ghosts, spirits, haints or boohags, so they can’t come 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 paint, can also be found on doors and window frames, and is intended to protect the homeowner from being “taken” or influenced by haints, which are ghosts or evil spirits. It is said to protect the house and the occupants of the house from evil. We will only being doing the ceiling which I hear  you get less bugs on your porches with haint blue ceilings. Apparently the insects also think it is the sky, and not a shelter, so they are less likely to build a nest or web.

Don’t forget to check in next week, as we should be almost done building the day bed frame, refinishing that secret antique find, and hopefully hanging some outdoor curtains on a lovely iron plumbing pipe rod.

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  1. The fan looks amazing! You did such a great job on creating that driftwood feel. I love it!

    I’m going to be giving a driftwood finish to my dining room table this weekend, it is the last paint project of my ORC…yipee! What else did you use besides the Amy Howard paint?

  2. Thank you, good luck with your project as well. For the fan I only used the Amy Howard Paint on existing white wood grain blades. I applied it in a faux brushing technique to allow some of the original white to show through. Good luck on your ORC!!!

  3. Bummer about your rug – I had a similar experience 🙁 I love your link up pic!

  4. Thank you the ceiling turned out great!!! Yeah the rug was a bummer but I really like the new replacement, and now I have forgotten all about the other rug 🙂


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  25. Farmhouse Fixer Upper

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