Last December we found out we were pregnant (unfortunately that pregnancy later ended in miscarriage). As I stared at those two pink lines I realized I had 36 weeks (give or take a few) to create a big boy room for my two boys, get the house organized and figure out where we were going to put a baby in our small house.
It was cute, but now, three and a half years later, I needed a functional room for two young, very active boys. I envisioned white walls with an industrial theme. I wanted bright colors and floor to ceiling bookshelves. I had a grand vision. And the problem with me is that I just can’t let visions go. Once I get an idea in my head, I have to do it. So here I was pregnant with a vision.
I began to research non-toxic paint because I was determined to be very careful with toxin exposure during this pregnancy. I went to Lowe’s and talked with the paint professionals there about VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). They didn’t have any paint that I felt comfortable enough using. Even low VOC paint still had toxins that would leach into the air for months after the room had been painted. I didn’t want my boys to have to deal with that. I Googled and researched and prayed and probably way over-analyzed my options, because that’s just what I do.
Some Facts About VOCs
- “The VOCs most commonly detected in indoor air due to background sources include benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX), along with chlorinated solvents, such as chloroform, carbon tetrachloride, tetrachloroethylene (PCE), 1,1,1-trichlorethane (TCA), and trichloroethylene (TCE).” (source) Let’s just suffice it to say these chemicals are hazardous to our health.
- “Normal indoor VOC levels usually stand at about 50 percent more than outdoor air. But while you’re painting or stripping paint, these levels can rise to as much as 500 to 1,000 times as the level of the cleaner outdoor air.” (source)
- “Several studies suggest that exposure to VOCs may make symptoms worse in people who have asthma or are particularly sensitive to chemicals.” (source)
And Then I Fell In Love
Through my research I came across a paint company called Real Milk Paint. Their product intrigued me. They claimed to be so non-toxic that you could toss the leftovers in your garden when you are finished painting. Also, because of the lime in the paint, it actually pulls carbon dioxide from the air as it hardens. Yes, a paint that cleans the air instead of pollutes the air and is made from all natural ingredients. I was in LOVE.
I emailed them to make sure their product was safe to use during pregnancy and then The Real Milk Paint company sent me some of their paint to try out in the boys’ room in exchange for a review. I think I walked around with a huge smile permanently stuck on my face for weeks. Stay tuned for part 2 where I show the room reveal and talk about all the pros and cons of using real milk paint on interior walls. (Don’t worry, my review will be completely honest!)
***Update: Read my review of the paint and see how the boys’ room turned out here.
Do you think the white non-toxic milk paint will be able to cover the brown and green walls in the bedroom? Have you ever heard of paint so non toxic you could toss it in the garden? Are you waiting in suspense for the big room reveal? (Well, don’t be in too much suspense, this isn’t a decorating blog after all, but I do think it turned out quite wonderfully.)