I have a long-standing love affair with paint-- the kind you put on the walls of your house, not on a canvas. For the greater part of the last ten years, during which we've owned five different houses, I have been picking out paint, dreaming about paint, or actually painting. Even here on my blog, questions about paint would top any FAQ list I would compile.
I believe in buying top quality paint. After all, the labor is the biggest expense when painting. Even if you're doing it yourself, your time is worth a lot more than the price of a few gallons of paint. Prepping, painting and clean-up adds up to many hours of work no matter the size of the room. In the past I have used brands such as Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, and Valspar (which is often a top pick by Consumer Reports). In recent years we have been careful to choose low-VOC varieties which are safer for the environment, and even more important to me, safer for my family.
One thing I didn't realize is that when companies label their paints as low-VOC, they are most often referring to the base, the can of un-tinted paint that they pull off of the shelf. But, a lot of the VOC's are added during the tinting process, so the paint you end up with may not actually be low-VOC after all.
For the past few years, I have had my eye on the specialty paint company called Mythic Paint. I must admit that their well-designed ads and packaging were the first things that caught my eye. But, when I read about the company, their message, and most importantly their products, I was even more charmed. Unlike many "environmentally friendly" paints that you will find on the market, Mythic Paint has no VOC's, yet they are still able to produce incredibly durable paints that come in a full range of colors and finishes. While doing some online research, I found that Mythic was in fact the top rated no-VOC paint.
Recently I got the chance to try out the Mythic Paint products. Yes, Mythic shipped me 2 gallons of eggshell paint in the color of my choice (Westie White) to try. The verdict? The paint was thick and creamy and rolled on beautifully. I needed to reload my roller often, which if you have painted a room, you know is a good thing. It means the paint is going on in nice thick coats which equals less work. I personally am of the school that every room in every paint color requires two coats of paint. It just looks better and is worth the effort. But, this paint is as close to a one coat paint as I've ever encountered.
And the most important part, the smell was barely noticable. I didn't have to worry about keeping my children away from the odors. In fact, the windows in our dining room don't have screens so were closed during the whole process. I only had to open the nearby bathroom window to take care of the very low odor that there was. My kids, especially Elliot, are very sensitive to chemicals and it made me feel a lot better that I wasn't harming him in any way by using this paint.
If you decide to take on a painting project in the near future, I highly recommend giving Mythic Paint a try. Nothing makes a more dramatic change, for fewer dollars, than a coat of paint, and you'll breath easier (couldn't help it) knowing the health of your family is not being compromised by the products your using. It's just a bonus that Mythic is just as durable and beautiful as conventional paint products.
You can find a local source for Mythic Paint here, and if it isn't carried anywhere in your area, you can order it from Mythic directly and the shipping is included in the price.