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So I posted a couple of days ago about remodeling my daughter’s playroom (click here to read it). I wanted to blog a little bit more about the main project that really transformed the room – painting the walls and toy chests!
When I set out on this project, I knew that I would HAVE to find a non-toxic, no-VOC paint. Not just because I’m on a crunchy, clean indoor air kick (and I am.. oh how I am!) but mainly because this room is for my daughter. This means lots of play time, lots of sleep time and lots of sticky fingers on the wall – which will inevitably end up in the mouth. And not to mention, I am pregnant and don’t really need to be breathing in toxic fumes during my nesting projects!
Why No-VOC Paints Are Worth the Splurge
Volatile organic compounds – or VOCs, as they’re commonly called – are chemicals inside paint that are released into the air as you paint a wall. (These are the components that cause you to develop a headache after painting.)
VOCs are organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at ordinary room temperature. Their high vapor pressure causes large numbers of molecules to evaporate from their liquid form in the paint and enter the surrounding air.
Although the majority of VOCs leave the paint as the wall dries, not all of them do. In fact, paint can release VOCs into the air for years following the initial painting, putting your family at risk long after the remodel.
VOCs in paint are known carcinogens. A typical bucket of paint contains chemicals such as benzene, methylene chloride and many others that have been linked to cancer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency VOCs can also cause:
– Eye, nose and throat irritation
– Frequent headaches
– Asthma and allergies
– Can potentially damage the liver, kidney and central nervous system
So, yeaaah.. not anything you want floating around your child’s room. No-VOC paint is certainly worth the investment for short and long-term health for you and your family!
So when I started my search for safe paints, I stumbled upon SafePaint by The Old-Fashioned Milk Paint Company! These folks were awesome enough to send me some samples of their no-VOC, all-natural, eco-friendly paints to test out on Tessa’s playroom and share with you all!