I have spent a LOT of time here lately…
The Green Painter is tucked away on 19th St. in The Heights. One day I was walking by and decided to pop in. We were in the serious home-hunting phase, and I knew absolutely nothing about paint, so I spent some time learning about what makes certain paints green. According to The Green Painter, in an average new home, you would go from 280 lbs of VOCs to only 12 lbs if you use green paints and stains. What the heck are VOCs? Volatile organic compounds. Sounds serious. According to the EPA, “Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects.”
Now I don’t know about you, but I figure since we are all exposed to enough yucky stuff in the world, why not do what I can to eliminate some of the nasty chemicals that typically lurk inside our homes.
The Green Painter also offers a Finishing School. You bring in an old piece of furniture, and you’re guided through furniture finishing techniques, such as sanding, stripping, painting, coating, special finishes, etc., using non-toxic and environmentally-friendly products. Finishing School…
And if you’re really looking for the ultimate healthy home environment, head upstairs to New Living. This store specializes in organic mattresses and artisan locally-produced furniture.
Since I had a difficult time choosing paint colors from the chips provided, my amazing painter chose a few popular Sherwin-Williams colors for me, and The Green Painter matched them all – minus the VOCs.