Painted Porch Ceiling

We had a great July 4th weekend.  I kept busy playing with my girly girls and doing projects around the house.

I’m so excited to share my new porch ceiling!  Ever since I saw Edie’s haint blue porch ceiling and Jen‘s painted porch, I’ve been itching to paint mine blue.  Being a Carolina girl, I love anything light blue. What better way to show my colors than right there on the front porch so it’s the first thing people see?  And the blue is supposed to keep the bugs away and ward off evil spirits.  Two birds.  One stone.

My only problem was that our porch ceiling was vinyl.  I wasn’t sure if you could paint vinyl.  So being the auditor that I am, I performed a double inquiry by asking the guy at the paint center at Lowes and the guy at Sherwin Williams  #auditorjokes.  Both said, “Yes, you can paint vinyl.” And then they judged me.  Whatever.  There is a special type of paint for vinyl so just tell the person at the counter what you intend to paint.

So I hoarded picked up a bunch few paint samples and took the logical next step of taping them to the ceiling on the porch.  Does anyone else do this?

I settled on Sherwin Williams Liquid Blue at 50%.

Then I taped off the ceiling and got busy painting. {I gave the ceiling a good cleaning the day before.  It was like a spider apocalypse out there!} I did pause long enough to give Jen a shout out for the blame inspiration.

I used a smaller brush to get in the grooves.  It wasn’t as hard to paint as I expected.  I did take the time to spread out a plastic drop cloth but the paint only dripped once or twice.

Vinyl Porch Ceiling

I’m going to tell you my secret paint tip.  I don’t know how much of a secret it is…

My Mom told me and I’ve been doing this forever without any issues…

Here goes…

If you paint one coat and then intend to paint more the next day, put your paint brushes in a plastic grocery bag and stick them in the freezer.  That way you don’t have to wash the paint out the brush and they don’t dry out!  I did that on this project in between coats.  The brush will be a little stiff at first but once you use it a few times, it works perfectly (for me anyway).  You’re welcome.

Here is the finished product!

Painted Vinyl Porch Ceiling

And here is a before and after shot.

I love the way it turned out.  I’m looking for a narrow porch swing or white rockers to put out there now. What do you think?

Totally worth it for $20 I spent on a quart of paint, roll of painters tape and a few hours over the Holiday weekend!

Don’t forget to pin it for later!

Did you know you can paint VINYL porch ceilings too? You can! This vinyl porch ceiling was painted over three years ago and still looks as good as it did on the first day! Quick and easy weekend DIY with a huge impact to your porch!


UPDATE:  Here’s the most recent picture of the porch!  The blue still looks great and I haven’t touched it in the last five years!

Loving that blue porch ceiling!  Totally going to try this one my vinyl porch ceiling!

30 comments on “Painted Porch Ceiling

  1. I love how this turned out. It really seems to brighten up the space. I have a porch similar to this and I sit out there almost everyday in my rocking chair so I vote for those 🙂

  2. Thanks!! Hopefully we will use ours more once we get some comfortable chairs out there. I think we are leaning more towards the rockers too since the swing would take up so much room.

  3. How pretty! I love blue porch ceilings! Makes me wish I actually had a porch ceiling to paint! 🙂 The tip for keeping brushes from drying out is a good one. My uncle showed me that trick and I swear by it!

  4. Thank you!! I didn't even think to ask my husband. He just came home and I was doing it. But he doesn't really care what I do as long as he doesn't have to help!

    Keep working on him!

  5. I love it! My daughters took a trip to Charleston recently and came home telling me all about "haint blue". We HAVE to have some in our house, Mom! So guess what? We do now!

  6. I love it! My daughters took a trip to Charleston recently and came home telling me all about "haint blue". We HAVE to have some in our house, Mom! So guess what? We do now!

  7. Your ceiling is lovely. I have a can of "haint blue" paint (really Benjamin Moore Celtic Blue) and am just getting ready to paint my own porch so yours was an inspiration. Great tip about the brushes too!

  8. So, I know this is a super late comment, but wondering how your ceiling is holding up after painting the vinyl? 🙂

  9. Beautiful! I have been wanting to do this same thing. My brick color is similar to yours, so this is the perfect inspiration post for me! 🙂 Question: After you painted the grooves with a small brush, did you brush or roll on the rest?

  10. Paint still holding up well? I really want to do this, but must convince my husband that it will last. Haha

    1. Hey there! I did not prime it. I’m pretty sure I only did one good coat and then went back and touched up any missing spots. It’s been five years and I haven’t touched it since.

      Thanks so much for your comment!


  11. Love your ceiling! Since my husband died from cancer 2 years ago I have been changing things around the house trying to brighten it up! I have a big White House
    with a large porch around front and side! I think blue ceiling would be great idea

    1. I think a blue ceiling would be precious with a white house! And I am so sorry about the loss of your husband. Maybe when it is done you can sit out on your new porch and remember all the wonderful times you shared. Thank you for your comment!


  12. I am so glad I found this! I am dying to paint or vinyl porch deli long blue. Thank you for the inspiration. Which paint color did you use? I may have missed you saying that.

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