dragged went with hubby to Home Depot to grab random supplies for some home renovations I have up my sleeves. Originally, it started as a trip to get some black and white paint for some random items in our house that need a little facelift. That quickly turned into “Oh, I need that” and “Don’t we need to fix that?” kind of trip. So, at the checkout counter, I ended up with this:
Paint: I bought two quarts (one black/brown, one white) in Behr’s paint-and-primer-in-one, with low-VOC (volatile organic compounds, or the nasty chemical smell that paint normally gives off). I usually buy a no-VOC paint whenever I go a-painting, but most of the colors available in no-VOC paint are light and not quite as deep. A paint guy at Home Depot once told me that all paint COULD be no-VOC, but since consumers want deep, unnatural colors, they have to use VOCs. So maybe reconsider that deep burgundy dining room, which by the way, probably looks tacky anyways.
Test kits: I saw these on display, and decided to grab them. With little Frankie around, we can’t take any chances when it comes to his safety. Radon gas could be anywhere, but we also have one bathroom with the potential for mold. And instead of looking at the water stains on the wall and wondering if there’s mold inside, I decided to test it. For only $10 each, why not?
Carbon monoxide detector: See above about little Frankie.
Tub and tile caulk strips: Remember that one bathroom I just mentioned with the water stains? Well, the bathtub also needs new caulking. Let’s just say that both of our bathrooms are projects that I want to procrastinate on for as long as possible.
Brita filters: I recently read on Treehugger about how the Environmental Working Group recommends that filtered tap water is much, much better for you then any bottled water ever is, both in terms of the environment and your health. Long story short, bottled water does not have any regulations, while tap water has to be tested several times A DAY. (Read more about it here). After reading that, I decided to dig out my trusty old Brita pitcher from college and start using it more regularly. I wish those darn filters were cheaper, though…
Foam tape: Our house has little to no insulation, and it’s been mighty cold lately. With a blizzard warning currently in Chicago, I decided that anything to keep the wind and cold outside would be worthwhile. I actually added these today to a our front door and one window, and I can immediately tell a difference.
So there you have my one-thing-at-the-store trip that quickly turned into a mini Home Depot shopping spree. But at least everything made my life a little greener, right?