Less Toxic Home Projects
My husband and I have always been a good team when it comes to home projects. I usually develop the vision, and he often executes it even better than I imagined. Seeing as we’ve been spending a lot more time at home lately, it’s given us the itch to tackle some things we’ve been desiring.
Our mudroom used to have a blank wall that we tacked a few 3M hooks on to hang our coats. While functional, it was a bit of an eyesore, and not the most organized space in our home. A mudroom wall and storage bench is something we’ve been drooling over in other people’s homes for awhile, so we decided to go for it. And I’m in love.
Back in the day when we went about building projects, I didn’t pay much attention to the products that were used. Except for some input on color, that was my husband’s realm. These days, however, we both make it a priority to find the safest options for our family.
These days people are much more aware of VOCs (volatile organic chemicals) when shopping for paints. Checking to ensure your paint is low or, even better, zero VOC before purchasing can go a long way in ensuring potentially harmful chemicals aren’t emitted and left lingering in your home.
One thing I think people think less about though, are the effects of using things like stains, clear coatings etc. These products can harbor not only a high amount of VOCs, but a host of other toxins beyond what may be found lingering in paint alone.
Good news, though. There are safer options out there! Just do your research!
For this project we ended up using Behr Premium Plus Zero VOC paint & primer for the wall as it was the most affordable option we found. And we went with Safecoat brand low odor, water based products to stain and seal the wood for our bench. We ordered them off of @greenbuildingsupply , which has become a favorite of mine for eco-friendly, less toxic options. Also, even though we went with safer products, we still left our bench top outside to off gas for awhile before installing - another easy way to limit those toxins.
We spend the majority of our time in our homes friends, so each small decision, like paint etc. when combined, can have a big impact.