Beat the winter blues with paint

If you call the Northeast home then you’ll really understand where this post is coming from. I shoveled over a foot of snow from our front sidewalk this morning just so we could open the front door…and they tell me more is coming this week! Is anyone else feeling cabin fever coming on??? And depending on what groundhog you listen to we may be seeing 6 more weeks of winter.

From this…

blizzard photos

To this at the drop of a hat.

snow in Maine

Now don’t get me wrong, I grew up in Maine and have lived in New England all my life. I’ve learned to come to terms with winter. If I’m going to call this great state my home I may as well love all the seasons, all the good and all the bad. You learn tricks for combatting the dreaded winter blues, and the inevitable bouts of isolation due to closures and delays.

post snow icicles

How can you not love the beauty of winter in New England?

We talked about refreshing your home with color this winter in a previous blog post, but left out an important detail…Chalk Paint® and Milk Paint are completely safe paints to use while you’re stuck indoors! Let me explain…

There is a compound found in many paints on the market called “Volatile Organic Compounds” or VOCs for short. These are a large group of carbon-based chemicals that easily evaporate at room temperature. There is usually an odor that you can smell once you open a product that contains VOCs, and it’s not pleasant! Open up a can of latex paint and you’ll see what I mean, just don’t inhale too deeply! There are several short-term health risks associated with using products in VOCs including:

  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Headaches
  • Nausea / Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Worsening of asthma symptoms

The long term effects can be:

  • Cancer
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Central Nervous System damage

Eek! It’s enough to make anyone reconsider their next remodel! Now that I’ve scared the pants off you, let me tell you the good news: there are extremely low/no VOCs in Chalk Paint® or Milk Paint.

Chalk-Paint-Small-Paint-Brush

So what does this mean for you?

  • No adverse health side effects
  • No awful paint headaches
  • No leaching VOCs during the life of your painted piece

And best of all for those of us who are snowed in…

  • No ventilating while you’re painting!
    • No taking your furniture outside to paint it
    • No waiting until the garage or barn warms up
    • And with no prep work (AKA priming, sanding, or stripping) you can paint built-in pieces without worry!

old white kitchen cabinets

Why not try your kitchen cabinets?

Fast drying time, combined with the threat of VOCs gone, means that you can tackle your furniture painting projects all year round – through snow, rain, sun, sleet…whenever! We like to say that you could paint your dining room table in the morning, have guests over for dinner that night, and no one would know that you had painted! So throw a drop cloth down, grab a color, and get cracking!

stenciling chalk paint

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