Here is a little secret about me. I like to paint furniture. I love revamping older pieces and making them look new. But, only if they are already painted. I have a hard time painting over wood. In those cases, I much rather sand them down and give them a fresh stain or clear varnish.
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After many DIY projects, I’ve learned that varnish stinks. I mean, it smells really bad. And the smell lingers for days, even after it has dried. I’ve taken my projects down to the garage to make sure I was in a well ventilated area, and I would still end up with a headache.
So, after seeing a commercial for a low VOC (volatile organic compound) paint, I decided to search for a low VOC varnish. I didn’t think there was such a thing, but to my surprise it does exist!
This is a miraculous invention. ECOS Paints Wood Shield Varnish. is a DIY-er’s dream come true. Here are some of the product details:
- Zero VOC. Conforms to CDPH 01350 (VOC emissions test taken at 14 days).
- No odor – No traditional polyurethane odor, which can cause headaches, nausea, and respiratory issues.
- Premium Quality | Award Winning | 25 Years of Successful Use
- Ingredients declared (International Living Future Institute Declare labels)
- Health Product Declaration listed (HPD) | Red List free
There are four finishes, Gloss, Semi-Gloss, Satin, and Matte. My favorite finish to use on furniture is satin. But if we are doing hardwood flooring, it has to be glossy. I really love shiny floors. One gallon can cover between 400-500 square feet, which is about what we used for the living room and hallway.
I’ve never tried a water based varnish before this one. It is environmentally friendly, safe for children and pets to be around, which makes it easier for me to actually complete a project. Because the kids and the dogs always want to get in on the fun.
If you are looking for a high quality, low odor varnish that is easy to work with and dries quickly, then I definitely recommend this one. You can buy it here.
Right now I am in the process of repainting my daughter’s bedroom set. We picked the set up for free and it was a honey colored wood, but had some nail polish and Sharpie marker artwork covering the flat surfaces. I sanded it down and starting painting it a light gray color. After it is all painted and I add the top coat, I will add some pictures of the finished product.
What projects are you working on? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time!