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Debbie Brown wrote:Apr 29, 2014
  • Lisa Schuetz Meidl

    I only ever use Benjamin Moore -- and if you buy the highest quality paints, you'll actually save money. No need to buy primer and it often takes one coat. And they back up their paints. Saves time, money and irritation. We just repainted our cottage (it hadn't been painted for 40 years by the previous owners) and one coat of the Ben Moore outdoor paint -- highest quality version -- did the job. We touched up a couple rough spots and that was it. I've been designing for 20 years and I learned one thing for sure: never, ever skimp on paint quality.


  • mexline
    What color in Benjamin Moore outdoor porch floor paint would you recommend?
tengle5 wrote:Jan 26, 2012
  • tengle5
    Thank you for these thoughts. Yes, I like the idea of a soft/blue grey. I will check out the PL color Cumulus. The wood tone idea is also wonderful, but may have to wait for the house on the lake....someday!
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    Woodland Custom Beam Company
    Please post follow up pics, I'd love to see how this turns out!
jensooz wrote:Apr 19, 2012
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    Benjamin Moore
    Try Benjamin Moore's chicago blues #804 for a similar effect.
  • kirbyl12
    how deep is this porch?
Gloria Thomas wrote:Jul 5, 2013
  • Gloria Thomas
    My ceiling is white and the porch floor is medium gray.
djessett wrote:Sep 11, 2011
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    DeCocco Design
    So pretty. You could get a similar look using Ben Moore's Sapphireberry/2063-60. Remember that the color will look a tad darker on the ceiling.
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                      What Houzz contributors are saying:

                      becky
                      Becky Harris added this to Porch Life: Banish the BugsMar 15, 2012

                      Haint Blue ceilings. The blue ceiling is a bit of a rural myth; the thought behind it was that bugs would get confused and think the porch ceiling was the sky. It was also said to ward off ghosts, and Sherwin-Williams' Haint Blue paint is named after the ghosts of the Afro-Caribbean legends. Whether it works or not, it's a charming antique touch to add to your porch and an interesting conversation starter.It's kind of funny how viral this blue ceiling story is. After my friend Suzannah explained to me why her porch ceiling was blue, I had mine painted blue. Then my brother saw it and had his painted blue, and the whole thing went full circle a few years later when the painter came back for other work and told me the story of blue ceilings. I had to remind him that I was the one who originally told him the story, and he said he'd painted dozens of ceilings blue after repeating the story to his clients. It's an irresistible design move.

                      lfrederick
                      Lisa Frederick added this to Wedgwood Blue ReturnsMar 12, 2012

                      Painting porch ceilings blue to mimic the sky is a Southern tradition. For me, this one evokes those flawless summer days when the sky has the clear, pure blue of a flame.

                      bud_dietrich
                      Bud Dietrich, AIA added this to Good Houses Are Good Neighbors TooOct 24, 2011

                      The in-between space is best when it's large enough to be a room of its own. A place for comfortable chairs, a table or two, maybe even a hammock. Remember that it is a room that's part of the home, so treat it with the same attention to detail as the other rooms. In fact, since this is the room that presents your face to the world, maybe treating it a little better than the other rooms is in order.

                      bud_dietrich
                      Bud Dietrich, AIA added this to 10 Elements of the Just-Right HouseOct 21, 2011

                      9. A smartly designed home is a good neighbor and engages the world around it ...

                      becky
                      Becky Harris added this to 12 Ways to Prep the Porch for SummerJun 13, 2011

                      Paint the ceiling blue. Historically, porch ceilings in the South were painted blue. I always heard the reason was that it would fool the bugs into thinking the ceiling was the sky, so they'd bug off and not nest there. Apparently this is an urban legend, and several different theories persist. Whatever the reason, it's a charming detail that has spread all over the country. Check out Sherwin-Williams "Haint Blue" paint to get this look.

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                      nmac62
                      nmac62 added this to Porch Ceiling Colors5 days ago

                      Not sure of color - see comments

                      bkdurkee
                      Brian Durkee Art added this to Small FarmhouseJun 29, 2019

                      Norm shares a moment with a little one.....

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