I love antique furniture. I love the uniqueness of the individual pieces, the craftsmanship that went into them, but most of all, their history. I love that when I bring an antique home, it’s already lived a life somewhere else and maybe even a few times over. It goes without saying that choosing antique furniture is even better at saving the Earth’s resources than recycling your paper and plastics.
The next time you plan on refinishing a piece of furniture or painting the walls in your home, consider using non-toxic, or Volatile Organic Compound-free wood stain or paint. Volatile Organic Compounds (or VOCs) are emitted gases that may have short or long term adverse health effects.
One VOC-free product is Safecoat which comes in both paint and wood stain. Their products do not contain solvents, heavy metals, chemical residuals, formaldehyde and other harmful preservatives. You can find out where to purchase them under “Dealer Locator” on their home page. Another VOC-free paint is The Freshaire Choice, which can be found at Home Depot stores. Mythic Paints is also VOC-free and you can find where to purchase it here. California Paints is also another VOC-free option.
If you’re planning on redecorating your home, choosing a VOC-free paint or wood stain will eliminate toxins from emitting into the air over time and therefore, create a safer environment for you and your family.