I found these great vintage milk bottles at a consignment store here in Lynchburg. I just love them and their bright graphics. (I wish I had a better picture to show you of the milk bottles. I will try to get one today!)
Just be careful when handling them, they are usually older than 1978, which is the magical year lead paint was taken off the shelves, so the patina you love so much is LEAD paint! I would recommend washing your hands after you handle old windows and don't hang them in reach of your little ones. I think their is a common misconception that lead is dangerous on old windows because our kids will chew on the wood and get sick....as for me, I have never walked into a room and told my child, Whoa stop eating that window! I doubt you have either!
LEAD is dangerous because when you open and close a window that was painted prior to 1978 with paint that was on the shelves prior to 1978, it creates lead dust. That lead dust floats through the air, or is found on your hands after you open or close the window, or when your little ones play near the window sill. High levels of lead can be extremely dangerous. This is why the experts recommend replacing windows or at the very least painting over the old paint with a new non lead based paint to encapsulate the poison. Here is the current design dilemma. We love patina! All that vintage chippy wood makes our hearts pitter patter! So when using vintage pieces, keep them high, and wash your hands after handling.
Don't forget that stain prior to 1978 also contains lead paint, so when you sand your vintage piece to get it ready to paint you are releasing lead particles into the air. This is why products like Annie Sloan's Chalk paint are so great. You don't have to sand before you paint! Here is a link to her product line...Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint. (In full disclosure I have not yet used her paint, but I hear it is amazing!)
Picture from Perfectly Imperfect BlogIf you are really concerned about limiting lead paint in your home the best way to get that chippy look is by buying new and distressing it yourself. If you are like me and you can't resist the price tag and quality of an older piece just be careful with how you handle and refinish your piece. The more sanding and distressing, the more dust you create. At the very least work on your projects in a well ventilate area, or outside, wear a mask, and shower and wash your clothes after sanding.
Here is a link if you want to read more about the dangers of LEAD paint. EPA's LEAD PAINT DISCLOSURE (Okay I will get off my soapbox, and back to my design...)
As you can see, I love old vintage peices. And I continue to use them in my design.
I know I should probably put my bunnies away, but I just was not ready, so maybe I will keep them out just a little longer. :)
I would love to see your spring mantles. Send me a picture, or leave me a comment with a link.
Thanks for joining me today. And reading my LEAD PAINT speach, I love to decorate and share my projects with you, but I never want someone to go out and do something that could potentially endanger their family because of a project they saw here on my blog. I want my readers to be well informed, and honestly when I decorate with vintage finds, my first thought is not is this item potentially dangerous for the well being of my family...so I thought this was the perfect oportunity to remind myself and you that we need to pay more attention to what goes into our vintage peices. Please pass this information on...
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