Brushing Up on Updates

Paint Brush

Something about the warmer weather motivates me to start those home repairs and renovations that I have been putting off (or dreaming about) all winter. But updating rooms in your house doesn’t always mean out with the old and in with the new. Ask yourself if a fresh coat of paint could give a new life to old cabinets, or if reupholstering that old chair will save it from a trip to the curb.

Painting is a great way to change the look of a room without spending a lot of money or leaving a big footprint on the environment. But beware of wastefulness and toxins that sometimes accompany these types of projects.

Whether you are touching up, or painting a whole room, look for low (or no) VOC paints, and always make sure you are in a well ventilated area. Many zero-to-low VOC paints are available at your neighborhood home improvement stores, including Sherwin Williams.

And don’t forget that when it comes to painting, you can reuse the same brush for YEARS, if you just take some extra time to clean it thoroughly with soap and water (for latex paints) and dry it off well with a brush spinner when you are done. Likewise, you can even wash and dry paint rollers to reuse the next day for bigger projects.

If you plan on reupholstering (or using fabric in any of your projects), check out this mini-directory of green fabrics and brush up on your knowledge of organic cotton, wool and hemp.

Check for retailers in your area who offer such fabrics, for example, a company like Oliveira Textiles, who has recently been featured on Treehugger, and in Domino Magazine.

Posted in Living Green by Rhaya on March 27, 2008 | Permalink | No Comments

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