Daily Prompt: Varnish

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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

DIY Projects low VOC low Odor ECOS PAINTS WOOD Shield, Varnish clear coat polyThere 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!

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