WHO HATES PAINTING??  I know I sure do, and this homeowner undoubtedly feels my sentiment.  His old front porch ceiling had seen better days; bead board sections were falling and paint was peeling.  My solution was to smooth out the unevenness by running 1×3 furring strips perpendicular to the joists and drive them in with deck screws.  This really secured the loose bead boards and tightened the entire ceiling structure.  Next, I installed white aluminum soffit across all surfaces, and wrapped the beam with smooth aluminum fascia.  Finally, the old wood columns were replaced with sturdy fluted aluminum columns.  For extra support, I added 4×4 posts inside each column.  This porch now looks like a million bucks and will stand the test of time!  Can I help your front porch? 419-212-3200