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Cross fingers, next Thursday we 're signing the contract for our new house... we’re moving to Kelly Greens subdivision, Stallings. We ‘re going to have a beautiful garden, lots of trees and hope in the future a vegetable garden.
So now we're planning some repairs, mainly replacing floor in a few rooms and paint.
With all this buzz about Eco-paints I 'm a little confused, reading didn’t really help me since the EPA hasn’t set mandatory standards for VOC levels in paint. We’re willing to pay a little more but I’m also reading we may need more coats if we use alternative products, which increases the cost dramatically. I know that if we want to go green we have to go with 5 to 10 grams of VOC per quart. But I’m still worried about the result. So far I found
- Freshaire Choice Paint in Home Depot, affordable, but didn’t really find any colors we like.
- Yolo colorhouse in Home Depot, zero VOC base, but don’t have a lot of colors, so I have to make my mixture, which increases the cost.
- Olympic Premium in Lowes, they offer a variety of colors but I didn’t have the time to check if is really Zero VOC formula.
- Harmony Paint from Sherwin- Williams, just found on line, didn’t have time to check cost yet.
- Behr in Home Depot, claim it is low-VOC
So here’s my question, has any of you used any of these products, are you satisfied with the results. Or what have you used that u really like, especially for kids bedrooms.

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First I just wanted to say, congratulations!! You will be very close to us! My parents live in Stallings too, in Chestnut Oaks.

I have painted with the low VOC from Home Depot and a no VOC that Pat got from a paint store. They were both great with almost no smell and nice coverage. Pat's color was REALLY dark and it needed a second coat going on a white wall but we made it work with one because of time constraints. Part of second coats depends on your painting method. I paint so that I need one coat, others just prefer to play it safe and do two.

I'm sure Pat and others will have more info. I just wanted to say hello :)

thanks Anna, I'm so happy I 'm moving closer, and after I'm done with the basics at home I would like to visit you and throw you a few questions on gardening etc.
As of the low-VOC from Home Depot, do you remember if the brand was Behr?
hi there - there is a company based out of asheville called Earth Paint (website - http://www.earthpaint.net/index.php). i have not used them but have been in contact with them about some paint for a nursery. they are definitely able to answer any questions you might have. their number is on the web site. i hope that helps.
thanks Annie, I 'll check it out.
And YES, we have the keys of our new house!!! We 're sooo excited! We have a yard full of flowers. So much to take care.... but love it
Congratulations Sofia on your new house! How exciting! We're in the midst of a green remodel at our home. So, I'm in the middle of researching low VOC and non-toxic paints and stains. Just discovered HunterPaint - www.hunterpaint.com They carry 2 lines of non-toxic, eco-friendly paints. And they even mix custom colors for you. I'm so excited to have such a great resource locally.
Hi Penny,
Tomorrow we'll be done with painting and start moving. Hopefully will be in our new house the following Sunday. I ended up with Harmony from Scherwin Williams. We had great results, although I decided to use some metalics in the living room, which aren't no VOC. But we have one week before we 'll be living there.
Good luck with your remodeling.
I love this great group too
We used paint from Hunter Paints on Monroe Rd. in our office. It was worth the extra cost.

Ken Haas
Haas Welness Centers

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