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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4393 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4393 Posts

Posted - Aug 01 2019 :  04:17:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Colors like music and aromas can take you back to a place in time. This week I am bringing two of my color memories to life. After boards replaced and my deck water sealed it will be painted porch grey. I remember when most porches in the 1940s - 50s were painted grey.

Secondly my front porch ceiling will be painted porch ceiling blue. Another memory when porch ceilings especially farm houses were painted that certain shade of blue. I'm been wanting to do it since I moved to Paris eight years ago. The porch ceiling is not quite 7' so I put off doing it. Yesterday the handyman power washed my white frame house and it looks so fresh and new. The yellow shutters look newly painted so I decided it was time to paint the porch ceiling. He's picking up paint samples today for me to choose just that right shade of blue.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

ddmashayekhi
True Blue Farmgirl

4120 Posts

Dawn
Naperville Illinois
USA
4120 Posts

Posted - Aug 01 2019 :  04:34:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I can't wait to see your finished porch Sara. The colors sound perfect to me, all 3 being my favorites.

Dawn in IL

The old plum tree is boundless. All at once, it blossoms, opens, and of itself, the fruit is born.
Dogen
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4393 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4393 Posts

Posted - Aug 01 2019 :  05:39:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Dawn. I'm anxious to have it all finished. I'm written about my little house before. It was built in 1942 or 43 at Camp Maxey army training base outside of Paris. As WWII wound down the training base was closed and many of the buildings were sold & moved into Paris. My house is one of them. The original house has 7' ceilings and the new addition of 3 rooms has 8' ceilings. Though I live in town I'm a FarmGirl at heart and slowly am turning my home into a 1930s-40s Texas farmhouse.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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quiltee
True Blue Farmgirl

5226 Posts

Linda
Lone Oak TX
USA
5226 Posts

Posted - Aug 01 2019 :  10:11:49 AM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
The blue paint on the ceiling of a porch helps keep spiders and birds away. I need to paint the ceiling of my porch blue, too, because I hate bugs and spiders. Also, we have barn swallows who build nests in both corners of the porch and make a huge mess.

They can build their nests in the barn, like their name suggests. LOL!

Farmgirl hugs,
Farmgirl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month August 2015 and April 2017
Linda O
Lone Oak, TX

"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4393 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4393 Posts

Posted - Aug 01 2019 :  10:34:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Linda, I did not know that. Always amazed at what I learn from my FarmGirl sisters. I don't have a problem with birds on my porch - maybe it's Annie barking in the windows that keep them away. lol

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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LadyInRed
True Blue Farmgirl

6360 Posts

PeggyAnn
Vancouver WA
USA
6360 Posts

Posted - Aug 01 2019 :  11:11:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara...I love that you are painting your Porches. That is so cool! I love the Blue Color on the Ceilings.
To me, it brings the Blue Sky in! I saw one Porch that they also added a couple of white puffy clouds to
their blue Ceiling and I loved that even more!!!

Can't wait to see some pictures when you are done!

Love, Hugs, and Joy,
Peggy

Farmgirl #1326
Member since Feb. 2010
Dec 2011-Farmgirl of the Month
Aug 2018-Farmgirl of the Month

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

2749 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
2749 Posts

Posted - Aug 02 2019 :  04:12:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
hummmmm i have an unpainted ceiling on my porch. Interesting on painting it blue. We have hanging barn lights down the porch and this year a phoebe built her next on one of them.

Farming in WI

Michele
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4393 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4393 Posts

Posted - Aug 02 2019 :  06:11:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Peggy. Clouds would be fun - maybe in time I'll get around to that too.

Michele let us know if you do paint it blue. Never heard of a phoebe. Don't have them in my part of Texas. Will have to look it up.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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quiltee
True Blue Farmgirl

5226 Posts

Linda
Lone Oak TX
USA
5226 Posts

Posted - Aug 02 2019 :  07:49:50 AM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Here is an interesting article about blue porch ceilings. It mentions spiders and wasps and also evil spirits, but doesn't mention birds. I have been told it keeps birds away, but have to check into that further. LOL!
https://www.sherwin-williams.com/architects-specifiers-designers/inspiration/styles-and-techniques/sw-article-pro-thewhysbehind

It says the idea that it repels insects is a myth, however paint used to be milk paints which contain lye, and lye IS an insect repellent.
Hmmmm - and this is my comment - could we put lye into our porch ceiling paint?

Thought you might be interested in this article.

Farmgirl hugs,
Farmgirl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month August 2015 and April 2017
Linda O
Lone Oak, TX

"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4393 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4393 Posts

Posted - Aug 02 2019 :  08:02:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Linda I read the article and I found it informative as well as entertaining. Don't think I have any 'haints' here in Paris but just in case I do the blue porch ceiling and Annie should scare them off.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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quiltee
True Blue Farmgirl

5226 Posts

Linda
Lone Oak TX
USA
5226 Posts

Posted - Aug 02 2019 :  09:20:22 AM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Lol ! Agree with you, Sara.

Farmgirl hugs,
Farmgirl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month August 2015 and April 2017
Linda O
Lone Oak, TX

"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

3372 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
3372 Posts

Posted - Aug 02 2019 :  12:53:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, that sounds like a fun project. I'm excited to see it finished. The new colors are going to give you such a new and revived vibe. Plus all the added bonuses of using the color blue from what I read above! Good luck and have fun!

Krista
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4393 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4393 Posts

Posted - Aug 02 2019 :  2:38:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Krista. Being excited about painting it blue reminds me of when I painted my shutters yellow. I think color affects me more as I grow older or maybe it's just I have the time to think about it.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

419 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
419 Posts

Posted - Aug 02 2019 :  3:07:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't have any problems with the haints or evil spirits but if it will keep the mud daubers and paper wasps away it's sure worth a try.

Judith

7932
Happiness is Homemade
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

3372 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
3372 Posts

Posted - Aug 05 2019 :  3:03:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No I agree Sara. I love color and having it around my house. The house we bought is all tan. All the carpet, walls, and doors are the same color. I have been longing to add some color. In our house before we had the prettiest blue kitchen and I miss it. It definitely makes everything feel better.

Krista
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

4230 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
4230 Posts

Posted - Aug 06 2019 :  3:05:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, I love that you are reclaiming your post WWII home's origins! What a wonderful story to share and it is a great idea too. I remember many a grey porch in the 1950s in my early years.

MIchele, I think a blue ceiling is very common for a porch down here in the South. I have seen many old houses , with wrap around porches, that have blue ceilings in my town in the older historic section.

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
FGOTM- October 2018
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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

699 Posts

Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
699 Posts

Posted - Aug 07 2019 :  05:37:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I too love the blue porch ceilings and grey porch floors. A very old lady I worked for from when she was eighty to ninety seven had those colors and I learned to love them at her house. I now have a grey porch and I love it---doesn't show dirt like other colors and there is plenty of dirt in this holler---plus six dogs walking on it. But I am not a fan of blue.so I painted mine a beautiful light green. Very restful. I don't care about birds on the porch---our humming bird feeders are there and we have a big feeder for the winter birds right outside our patio door. But then I did keep a fawn in the house for six weeks. Animals can do no wrong in my eyes unless they are vicious and hurt people---then off with their heads I say.

Old Age Ain't No Place For Sissies!------Bette Davis
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4393 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4393 Posts

Posted - Aug 07 2019 :  06:01:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Winnie, I think we all desire to bring a little of our memories into our daily lives. Also our dreams - like your "log cabin" room.

Judith, let us know if you do paint your porch ceiling blue and if it works to keep the birds away.

Barbara your light green porch ceiling must be beautiful and soothing.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

4230 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
4230 Posts

Posted - Aug 08 2019 :  3:27:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, you hit the nail on the head!, I find myself looking frequently these days at finding ways to bring back some sweet memories of days gone by. While my family never lived in a log cabin, my “log cabin” sure brings me happiness !! I love having that old bedroom a place that allows my imagination to find ways to find little accessories that make it feel authentic .

One of the binding elements of MJF is the love and preservation of important old ways . I from aprons, old cast iron skillets, fresh garden produce, and so much more, all of us here share the ways in which we honor our mothers and grandmothers and create memories for today!

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
FGOTM- October 2018
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loribeck
True Blue Farmgirl

481 Posts

Lori
Alvordton 36
USA
481 Posts

Posted - Aug 10 2019 :  8:18:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, your house sounds delightful. I would love to see some pictures of it if you can post them. My mom always used to paint the porch grey. When I would ask her why she chose that color she would always say because it was expected to be grey. I found this topic to be very interesting and educational. I never knew that insects didn't like blue. Makes me want to paint every part of my house blue. LOL. I hate bugs.

Lori Beck
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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

6704 Posts

Denise Thompson
NJ
USA
6704 Posts

Posted - Aug 11 2019 :  12:38:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interesting information. I'm not sure on the validity at least not around here. My family room is blue and we still have spiders in here.

Our porch floor is grey but we've never painted the ceiling it was white when we bought the house and had stayed that color. I think it is aluminum so it would be easy to have painted.



~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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sabrinafaire
Farmgirl in Training

18 Posts

Jennifer
Columbus Georgia
USA
18 Posts

Posted - Aug 12 2019 :  06:17:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, I'd be shocked if you didn't have "haints" of some kind or another - they like places that are very old and there have been people in France since one of the seven daughters of Mitochondrial Eve migrated to the Dordogne region with her tribe.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4393 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4393 Posts

Posted - Aug 12 2019 :  06:26:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jennifer, you don't have to fret for me. No haints here - just peace and quiet. The Lord blesses my going out and coming in.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

3372 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
3372 Posts

Posted - Aug 14 2019 :  1:12:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, when do you plan on painting your porch? Have you picked out the perfect blue yet?

Krista
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4393 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4393 Posts

Posted - Aug 14 2019 :  1:30:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Krista, the handyman is working my projects in with others so not sure when he will get back to me. The deck is sealed and house power washed so it's slowly getting done. His other job is inside with A/C and with our 102 temps that feel like 116 I can wait until it cools down a little.

I have decided I want a grey-blue - the porch ceiling is 7' at the highest point and 6'1/2" at the lowest so I want a soft color.

I am using my wait time to pare down my stash of planters, flower pots, and my collection of "garden art".

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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Krissel
True Blue Farmgirl

193 Posts

Vicki K
Sturbridge Mass
USA
193 Posts

Posted - Aug 15 2019 :  3:52:58 PM  Show Profile  Send Krissel a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I've been painting the wee cabin and porch. Light grey that looks kind of lavender at sunset on my porch! I love it. The little cabin is terracotta colored and has dark Forest Green trim. Its been in the warm eighties and i am sweating like a good worker just getting it done a bit everyday! Skipping on rain days. I'm very happy to be able to get done. I was layed up for a couple years with a bumb foot and am healed now.its such a blessing!

Farmgirl#7588 Fishgirl Farm Chapter member.
Laughter makes the heart strong!

Edited by - Krissel on Aug 15 2019 3:56:39 PM
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