A Little Help?

I hope everyone’s weekend has been going well!

I am popping in quick hoping I can ask for a favor, some advice.

What do you think?

So, We have had a project going on here at the FH abode.

If you follow me on Pinterest, you know I have a lot of outdoor and screen porch images Pinned.

This is the reason.

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A dream in the making.

When we worked out the house last year, this was the part we held off on.  A bit of a “Cry of Uncle”, till we could re-group.

Now, it is almost finished and I am SO excited and grateful.

From the beginning I have always said I wanted WHITE, WHITE and more WHITE.

The exterior changed a little because of material availability (there will be white capping the window screens).

The exterior wood will be stained an opaque beige that matches our garage structure.

Where I need your help is the inside.

Sorry the pictures are a little blurry, they were taken with my phone quickly.

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There are barn beams, as you can see.  My plan has always been to stain all of the wood, except the beams, with an opaque white.

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But now I am wondering if I should use a wood colored stain in some areas instead.

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If I was high tech and had more time, I would install an easy peasy survey on this post, but the fact is, I have a chance to go on a date with my hubby in an hour.

So, if you would be willing to help me out and just put your opinion in the comments, I would really appreciate it.

So, here are the options:

A – All of the inside wood stained opaque white, with the exception of the beams.

B- All of the inside stained a wood color

C – Do the walls white and the ceiling a wood tone that blends with the beams.

Thanks in advance so much for your help!!!

I have several projects in the works for this porch and I am very excited to share them with you as we work on them.

Thanks and have a great night!

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21 thoughts on “A Little Help?”


  1. Oh I wish I was more helpful but I like all the options and have a heck of a time making decisions. I must say that the barn beams are gorgeous. Fabulous. Hard to take my eyes off, so the stain should probably reflect that they are the focal point wood by choosing a stain that makes them stand out. So I guess C would be out for me. A or B would be my choices. See I told you decisions are difficult for me.

  2. A. Our new house has white washed ceiling and natural wood beams and I just love it. I could send you a picture if you want to see how this looks together. The ceiling is the same as yours.

  3. I vote for all white. I can just see a shabby chic furnished escape. Sooooo jealous. I’m sure you’re really going to enjoy this addition.

  4. I would go with all the wood stained in opaque white and even the beams!! I went with all white in the BnB (beams and ceiling) and I really like it. http://www.thatcountryplace.com the breakfast room and the room with the 4 poster bed has ceiling similar. You can see what you think 🙂 Great room,,,oh what fun you are going to have with this one!

  5. Have you seen Sarah Richardson’s “Sarah’s Summer House”? They did a kind of white wash, opaque job..now I forget what they did with the ceiling…anyway right when I saw yours it reminded me of hers. The walls looked great, you could see the wood still, but it had a nice clean feel. Good luck and have fun with it!

  6. A for sure! So beautiful with some linen drapery over windows tied back in the corners, and a gorgeous wrought iron chandelier coming down in the center of the room! So jealous of this awesome space!

  7. “A” is my vote!! I think if you stain the ceiling it will make the room look smaller and “lower” the ceiling visually!! Anxious to see the finished room!!

  8. I am not a totally white washed person and I think painting EVERYTHING white is a fad that will pass. I NEED color in my life and am attracted to nature and wood tones. If you do whitewash all at least it will be easy to paint or stain over if, after living with it a while, you decide you need some focal interest and where. On the other hand, growing up on a farm, we did keep the milking area as white as possible to see all the dirt to be cleaned.
    I know for sure I’d prefer to be able to see the wood grain of the ceiling, but can be done with a white wash and not a paint.

    Bottom line is it will be your special place. We are all envious. It sounds as if you’ve done enough research. follow your heart and your gut.
    And SHARE the results.

  9. My pick is “B”, because…you can always decorate with white and then paint the walls and/or ceiling white later. Once the interior is painted white, it would be way harder to go back to the wood tones. I’m sure whatever you choose will look fab. I can’t wait to see the pictures!

  10. I vote A. those gorgeous beams with be the standout feature. It could white walls and a translucent whitewash ceiling if you want the knots and wood features to show through.

  11. I thought of a “D” lol. Paint the walls white, then stain the ceiling a stain that goes with the beams but not the same color, then keep the beams the same color and just seal them. Otherwise I like A because it reminds me of what my parents did when they scraped the beams in our mid-century 50’s house. I’m going to take pictures of my veneer teak table and get everyone’s opinion on that. 🙂 Great minds think alike! Katharine

  12. My vote is B. The beams are great and your view outside includes trees and rough looking trunks, like your beams. I think the wood stained a little lighter than beams would let beams be seen without shouting. Add white and color as needed or per season. The inside of your house has white cabinets and trim and many light walls. Outside maybe a darker sheltered spot could embrace you. What ever you decide I know you can make it work.