|Mythic Paints at Park + Vine - Cincinnati, OH|
I might have exaggerated or even made that statement up, but it potentially could be true, right? Household wall paints and floor waxes can emit VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) toxins for years after they have already dried. Even before the notion of having a child existed, my wife and I vowed that with our next fixer-upper home, we would make a conscious effort to minimize toxins and our environmental impact. We re-used light fixtures and cabinets, re-finished hardwood floors with water-based varnish and painted the walls, ceilings and trim with no VOC paints. Now, with an unexpected little one on the way, it's reassuring to know that we made the decisions that we did in advance.
The no VOC paint that we originally used was a brand called Fresh Air, which we bought at Home Depot. The color options were minimal and muted, but we were content with our choices. Recently, on a frequent visit to my Home Depot, I discovered that they had discontinued selling the Fresh Air product line because, "It was a crappy paint," according to the paint department employee (thanks for the heads up!). I do remember each gallon not going very far, and the paint was incredibly thick. Well, now what? Read on for a free $50 value product giveaway!
There are a few other options out there, but by far and away, the best choice would have to be Mythic Paints. You can buy them online, but for a better shopping experience and price, use their online dealer locator to find your local retailer. It just so happens, that the only place that carries Mythic Paint in Cincinnati, is Park + Vine (an eco-friendly general store). Park + Vine also carries my t-shirt line, and the owner, Dan Korman, is a good friend of mine. So, I decided to pop in for a look at their recently up-sized selection of Mythic Paints.
Retro Camera Application on my phone, I got down to business.
Similar to other paints, the paints were available in several different sheens. Unlike it's competitor Fresh Air, Mythic Paint offers a huge color selection. Additionally, Mythic Paints can be color matched with any other major paint brands color. You can even choose a particular Pantone color to match. So, whether you're set on paint colors like Dancing Butterflies, Babbling Brook or Newborn Vomit Green, now, you can buy the non-toxic version. Expect to pay prices similar to Porter or Ralph Lauren paint, but at least you're getting (in my opinion) more of a value. Fortunately, my office and soon to be nursery is only 8ft. by 8ft., so we can get away with just one gallon of interior eggshell Mythic Paint for just $43. Want to figure out how much paint you would need for an upcoming paint project? Mythic has a Paint Estimator to help!
|Mythic Black Label - Paint & Primer in one!|
Mythic Paint Giveaway!
Has anyone else had any experience with no VOC paints, or in particular Mythic Paint? If so, please voice your opinion and write a review (under comments) for our readers and be entered to win a color deck and a copy of each of David Bromstads color palettes and the Land of Nod color palette from the great people at Mythic Paint (a $50 value)! These items will help give you a better idea of what colors you would like to paint your home, etc.