Screen Porch: Ceiling, Oh the Ceiling!

If you've been around a while following the progress on our porch, you'll remember that the porch ceiling was a source of some angst for me.  I debated paint and stain in several variations.  Ultimately stain seemed the right way to go, so I sought out a white semi-transparent stain.  It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be but I did find several. We ultimately went with Cabot brand.

Here's the result...

Here's what it looked like before.

Still a little bit rustic but still traditional and fitting for our house.  I love it.

Some other details have been added now as well including this upright in the peak.  
You can also see the first coat of paint but I wish it was a simple story which had already resolved itself, but it's not. More to come on that...