Finish is important. No matter how well something is constructed or how careful you promise yourself you’ll be:
“I won’t accidentally drop my coffee cup on the floor when I stub my toe on the chair…”
“My dog wont be running in here…”
“I’ll keep my keys in a little dish instead of throwing them on the counter every time I come home…”
“My toddler will not play drums on the cabinet doors with the metal spoons…”
It can happen to the best of us. After all, it’s your home and it’s meant to be lived in. That’s what makes finish so important. It protects all the things we might otherwise stain, scratch and mark.
So a few years back when some friends asked Jason to design and build them a kitchen that was not only durable (he’s a chef, she’s a horticulturist, both are farmers), but also environmentally friendly, it took some hefty research. We needed to find something that was both safe and tough. No easy feet.
Then we came across Vermont Natural Coatings. Using whey protein as the bonding agent, a byproduct of cheese making, Vermont Natural Coatings creates wood finishes that are just as durable as their water-based polyurethane counterparts, but with much lower VOC levels.
What does VOC stand for?
“VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds, evaporate into the air from many substances. These off-gasses contribute to smog production and health problems from inhalation. Petroleum products, like oil-based finishes, have harmful levels of these VOCs and are easily identifiable by their noxious smell.” Courtesy of www.vermontnaturalcoatings.com
Vermont Natural Coating smells quite nice I might add.
We love this product. Since the completion of our friend’s kitchen we’ve used these finishes on countless projects, including all of the woodwork and flooring in our new showroom.
It has also helped us to rationalize a rather hefty addiction to our favorite Vermont cheeses.