Post # 1
I am planning on using Olympic Premium Interior Paint because I find it does not leave the same odor as Behr, plus it’s zero VOC. I don’t know if Behr has always been zero VOC or it’s only recent, but all the rooms that I’ve painted with it have had an unpleasant paint odor that just would never go away. But I do love their color selection the most.
What type of paint did you decide on for your baby’s room?
Post # 3
I’ve primarily used Behr in the past and I’ve found that the odor does tend to linger. I don’t believe they offered a zero VOC option last time I purchased paint, or I just didn’t care enough to notice at the time.
For our nursery, I’m leaning towards the Olympic Premium because I hear it’s a decent, reasonably priced zero VOC paint, but I’ve never used it before so I can’t say for sure that it’s any good.
Post # 4
@iheartnerds: We chose Olympic to paint a wall in our living room and were happy with it. It has barely any smell while you paint, and there has been no lingering odor.
Post # 5
I work in the paint dept at Lowe’s… Olympic is a good zero voc brand paint… But it’s really really thin. You will probably be doing multiple coats, unless you are going over white or primed walls. Personally we’re using Valspar in our nursery. We’ve used Valspar in our entire house and love it. We love the colors more (more rich and vibrant colors)… And there is virtually no smell unless you pick a dark color that uses more tint.
Post # 6
@lazybee: Glad to know you’ve been happy with it, that makes me feel better about my choice.
@MrsDW: My dad was a professional painter for years and he would have a fit if I tried to get away with one coat of ANY paint. 🙂
Post # 7
@iheartnerds: Honestly, we have never done a true 1 coat coverage until this house & Valspar paint. It all depends on how much paint you have on the roller/brush, the color(s) you are going over and the color(s) you are painting. My 2 favorite coworkers are ex professional painters and they have both had “true 1 coat coverage” with Valspar too. My inlaws picked a light gold in Olympic Premium and it took 3 coats over white because their paint is just that thin – think watered down elmers glue thickness.
Post # 8
We definitely had to do two coats with the dark color that we used, but we expected as much. I am glad to hear positive things about Valspar, though we chose against it originally because it was more expensive.
Post # 9
We used the Olympic no VOC paint and it came out great. No complaints. The smell only lingered a few days.
I’ve never been able to do just one coat of paint…even with Benjamin Moore. Two always looks the best.
Post # 10
We have always used Behr without issue, including the old paint that had VOC. I painted one wall in the nursery using Behr and I didn’t notice a lingering smell with it. Heck, when I was painting I could barely smell the paint. It was such a strange thing, as I had just opened an old can to touchup a wall elsewhere and it was so strong.
The rest of the nursery was painted about a 1-2 years ago with Behr paint and I didn’t even notice a linger then. We had painted it a taupe like the rest of the house since it had a lot of marks on the wall from the last owners. I decided to just do an accent wall for baby, as I was too lazy to repaint the whole thing.
Post # 11
In my search for non-toxic paint, I found some surprising information that I wanted to share. For instance, did you know that there’s such a thing as milk-based paint? I never knew this, but how cool! And that Martha Stewart has a recipe for how to make your own paint out of milk? Don’t know if I’d go that far, but maybe just out of curiosity? If you’re curious too,
Here is the recipe: http://www.marthastewart.com/272306/milk-paint-recipe
To read what this old fashioned milk paint is about: http://www.milkpaint.com/
Based on testimonials, sounds like this paint has amazing color and texture. But ouch! It’s expensive!
Here’s a site where you can buy Genuine Old Fashioned Milk Paint for a cheaper price: http://www.mistermilkpaint.com/
I am so curious to try it, and now to convince my husband 🙂
So has anyone used this paint, or know someone who has?
Post # 12
I don’t have a nursery but when we moved last year, we painted everything with Olympic No VOC paint. I couldn’t stomach the cost of the Valspar No VOC paint and their regular paint smelled horrible.
We were able to paint with 2 coats over everything, even the bright yellow kitchen and pink, blue and green bedrooms.
Post # 13
We used Benjamin Moore’s No VOC paint. It has barely any odor at all after being tinted, and what little there was, was gone the next morning. It’s a little more than the Behr paint, but I liked the coverage better. I’ve never used Olympic.
The Valspar paint is horrible. We painted our hall with it and it’s super watering and it just looks terrible after barely a year. Never again.
Post # 14
BM Natura is supposed to be good and no VOC but they didn’t have a flat or matte (which my husband wanted), just eggshell, so we went with Benjamin Moore Aura (very low VOC) in matte. It didn’t smell at all after the first day.
Post # 15
Benjamin Moore Aura is a great paint. Nice coverage, very little smell. I used a regular BM paint on the ceiling and you could definitely tell the difference in how it smelled.
It’s expensive but does a great job!
Post # 16
Keep a bowl of white vinegar in the room while you paint. It’ll eliminate the smell.