Thursday, May 13, 2010

I Did it!








Before: blah green ceiling, nothing special. After: Haint Blue ceiling!

Yesterday (Tuesday) I handed in my book, so this morning (Wednesday) I got up with every intention of painting my porch ceiling in haint blue (which in this case is Ben Moore "Thunderbird.")

So I got up, did my daily theology reading, cleaned the house, did my treadmill, and got the paint ready. Quickly discovered that painting overhead, behind the back, etc., is exhausting! Had to sit down several times to rest, and my porch isn't that big! Plus, I was painting in the hottest part of the day, even though there was a nice breeze and this is only May.

But here it is--and I love it! Interesting--the entire time I was thinking about painting, I kept thinking that the blue wouldn't match anything but the sky, as my house is green, not blue. But look at the pillows in the rocking chairs--guess my subconscious knew I'd have a perfect match. (Click on the photo for a close-up). I love that kind of serendipity.

Also discovered that painting overhead results in lots of drips--I used a drop cloth, but I think I should have worn a rain coat. My face (got a couple of drops straight in the EYE), my shirt, my arms . . . all dotted with blue. I look like I'm made of dotted swiss. (Isn't that what we used to call that material with the raised dots on it? Can't find it in the dictionary.) And I'm afraid to look at my hair.

Anyway . . . I love my made-over porch. Now, to find some time to sit out there and relax . . .

And happy 30th anniversary to my darling hubby! Maybe to celebrate, we'll sit on the porch. :-)

~~Angie

14 comments:

LadyDy said...

Yes....dotted swiss.....I had a dress my mother made out of that material when i was little...thx for sparking that memory...and your porch is lovely....I'll bring the lemonade and we could "sit a spell" !

Anonymous said...

It's wonderful! Expect to have mine done next week after I return from a trip. Clyde

Diane Marie Shaw said...

Your porch is beautiful. I know you will enjoy many days, and evenings sitting under that enchanting blue ceiling.
Hope you are able to get all the paint out of your hair.
Happy Anniversary too.

Kathy said...

The porch looks great! All your hard work paid off. Happy Anniversary, Angie! Thirty years is a wonderful milestone!

Arkansas Angie said...

Beautiful!!

Angela said...

I had bedroom curtains made out of dotted swiss. Lilac. I used to sew a lot, so I still remember the names of most fabrics, though I haven't thought of them in YEARS . . . :-)

Thanks for the anniversary wishes! Looks like we get to go out for dinner and a movie!

Angie

Barbara said...

How Beautiful! You have inspired me to paint ours, except you may need to come help since you are experienced. We have 2000 square feet of covered porch. Love it!

Kay Day said...

I love your home. It's beautiful! The blue porch is much better than the other.

And I hope you and Gary have a marvelous day. Congratulations!

Eileen Rife said...

Refreshing, relaxing, rejuvenating! This porch beckons, "Come, enjoy!" Sparked my spirit just looking at the pics!

Virginia said...

Oh wow! That's beautiful! And your chairs look so inviting. I'd love to sit out there with a cup of coffee and my Bible. I'd be lost for hours.

Leslie said...

Angela - Beautiful pictures!

FYI - We can see your street number in the 2nd picture - don't know if you want that out there or not...

Anonymous said...

Angela, another triumph! Lovely.

Oh the memories of dotted swiss. As a kid I thought it was so luxurious.

And Happy Anniversary. Hope Gary likes the new porch you gave him. :-)

Blessings,
Mary Kay

Candy said...

Mama made many a dotted swiss dress for me. And I'm well familiar with haint blue. No proper South Carolina home with a porch would have anything other than a blue ceiling.

Mocha with Linda said...

Happy Anniversary + 1 day! Don't know how I missed this yesterday.

The porch is beautiful. It makes me want to come sit on it and drink a cup of coffee!

I'd forgotten all about dotted swiss!