Saturday, August 27, 2011

Haint Blue Painted Porch Ceilings

A friend recently told me that if you paint a porch ceiling a blue color, it wards off spiders, spider webs, wasps, dirt daubers, bugs, etc. from nesting in the ceiling corners.  Seriously?! She had me at “wards off”.

She explained how they painted their porch ceiling blue (at the advice of a home-remodeling contractor) and they haven’t had any spiders or webs on their porch in 3 summers.  THREE summers.  Ding!  This is why I will paint my porch ceilings blue as soon as the weather turns cool.

I Googled around and found this porch color blue is called “haint blue”.  It started in the South decades ago, and for various reasons.  Some said it warded off evil spirits or ghosts (called “haints”, or haunts).  Others said it seemed to make the daylight hours longer when they sat outside on their porches.  Others say bugs will stay away because they aren’t attracted to the color of sky.   You can read this Washington Post article for an in-depth look at the origins of haint blue.

Supposedly there’s even a Benjamin Moore blue paint color referred to as “dirt dauber blue”.  I am So. There.  

Then I Googled photos of blue porches and holy smokes did I find some GORGEOUS inspiration…

While there isn’t one “haint blue” formula, there are three families of blues that best match a haint blue color:

Ohio Haint Blue

La Maison Bleus

Savannah Haint Blue


Others have used Martha' Stewarts Heavenly Blue (8302):

I can’t wait to give our porches some color.  But I’ll admit the main attraction of this project is the idea of decreasing our bugs and spider webs. We are tired of sweeping them away, only to have them back the next day.

Stay tuned for our before and after porch makeovers ….as soon as we get out of these Texas-triple-digits.  For now, here’s the Front Porch Project ahead of us:

I can’t wait!  I say anything that will get rid of this mess is definitely worth a try.  And adding color to the porch is just an added bonus.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Peace. Love. Kindergarten.

I love this shirt I saw a few weeks ago on Pinterest, and I wanted to share a tutorial on how I made one for my daughter.
I started with a plain white tee and taped it down to prevent wrinkles while I worked.  I put a sheet of paper (ok, it was Kohl’s ad) under the shirt to keep the ink from bleeding through to the back of the shirt.
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Then I used a ruler and  blue & red Sharpie markers to draw the lines.
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I was NOT precise with the spacing of the lines. I just eyeballed it…simply because this shirt will be worn by a very active child, who I promise you will not sit still long enough for you to notice any imperfections.  =)
Next, I printed some text for the front of the shirt on copier paper.
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I slipped the paper inside the shirt and lined up the text where I wanted it to go.
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Then I used a black sharpie to color in the words. I thought my letters were getting too close together and would be difficult to read, so I only outlined the last word.  Turns out, I like this better than if I’d colored in everything.
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Ready for school!
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