Painting a home can be a fun but laborious task. So many colors, so much money and so many paint fumes!
Make the job easier on yourself by going green to avoid those intoxicating fumes, and try some methods to help you save a little extra cash.
1. Avoid Paint with High VOC
VOC stands for volatile organic compound. Although it contains the word organic, this paint is far from green. It releases harmful, chemical-filled gases that can cause various health issues. That’s not something you want to inhale for the next several weeks.
Some major paint suppliers offer greener options with low to zero VOC, but specific companies also produce non-toxic, eco-friendly paint for walls and wood staining. It may be an extra cost, but the long-term health benefits are worth the money.
2. Choose Powder Coating
Not only does powder coating have no VOC, but it’s quicker and cheaper than liquid paints. Powder coating could be the way to go if you’re looking for a faster application process and something that lasts a long time. One coat is usually all you need, and since powder coating is more corrosion and impact-resistant, your wallet can breathe a sigh of relief.
3. Discover the Many Uses of Plastic Bags
Ever wonder what to do with all those grocery bags you bring home? Save them for painting, and you’ll save money on supplies.
If you can’t finish all your painting in one day, cover your rollers and brushes in plastic bags and tighten them with rubber bands or string to ensure no air gets through. Inspect the bags for holes before you use them. Now you won’t have to rinse anything or throw supplies away.
Line your paint trays with plastic bags so you can reuse them. Simply remove the bags when you’re done, and the tray is still clean! Again, check for holes to prevent leaks.
4. Invest in Quality Supplies
It’s tempting to head for the cheapest rollers, tape and brushes, but if you plan on doing a big paint job, what good are those cheap supplies when they’re falling apart after a few days?
Spending a couple extra bucks is worth it when you don’t have to replace your tools every other week, and the paint goes on cleaner with better materials. Another quick tip, try using primer especially for dark colors. One coat of primer and one coat of paint is usually all you need.
5. Check Recycling Centers
See if there are any recycling or household hazardous waste centers in your area. They often have leftover paint available for use, sometimes for free!
As another eco-friendly move, take your own leftover paint to these centers so they can be disposed of properly. You’ll help prevent pollution and save resources.
6. Get Creative
Think you need to paint an entire room to have an extravagant home? Think again! Make an appearance on a budget by creating an accent wall or ceiling.
Choose one color for most of the walls, like white, and another color for only one wall. The result is a striking, elegant look that’s simple and easier to develop a color scheme.
A few ideas can go a long way. By employing these methods, you’ll have a healthier home and the time, energy and money to start enjoying it!