Mom and Dad Beer have decided to spend their retirement painting the interior of our new house! Seriously, they alone painted the upstairs bedrooms, hallway and the office – and seemed to enjoy it.
In our previous house, many moons ago, we used one of the first commercially available ‘zero’-VOC paints for the interior of the house. This product was Harmony by Sherwin Williams. Over the years I haven’t been too impressed by its durability, and though it may qualify as Zero VOC, it’s not zero odor, and they tack on too much of a cost premium. Same odor issue goes for those Zero VOC paints available at Home Depot and Lowes. We also used Green Planet clay paints in the more recently painted rooms of the previous house. We loved the colors, texture and smell of the clay paint, but the drawback occurred when I cleaned marks off the wall, the color came with it.
After doing some research, and through my involvement with The Living Building Challenge, I came across ECOS paint which is non-toxic, organic, odorless, asthma-friendly and many other great things. They have a huge color palette and a great company mission. They claim that the paint covers in one coat, so we did the math and with my trade discount, we could purchase this paint for the same square foot cost as the Zero-VOC paint from Home Depot. (Unfortunately, we did not account for a rather substantial shipping cost.)
The paint arrives, we are so excited and Mom and Dad bust out with their brushes and rollers and get busy. We quickly learn that even with a primer coat the paint does not cover in one coat, but requires two very thick coats in addition to the primer. Therefore we do not have enough of a couple of the colors we were going to use in other places of the house. The paint was also interesting in that it changed colors by great degree between the time it was painted on and it was fully dry. Quite deceiving that was!
The paint went on like butta' and had no odor whatsoever. It was great to work with, but just a little disappointed in the cost and coverage of this product. Not sure we will order again for the rest of the house, we may go back to clay paint…and I just won’t clean my walls.