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DixiePixie Wed 08-Aug-07 08:24:06

This may seem like a wierd question, and if it sounds more than a tad neurotic, please bear in mind that I suffer with obsessive compulsive disorder, and sometimes I find it hard to differentiate between what is a normal worry and what is an OCD worry IYSWIM!

Anyway, DH wants to paint the utility area directly beside our kitchen today. The kitchen is open plan onto the utility area, so there is no door between the two. He is going to be using the Crown Breatheasy paint.

What I am worried about is whether it is OK to have all the food, utensils and crockery still in the kitchen while he is doing this job(some of which live on shelves rather than in cupboards) or whether fumes from the paint would affect them. I'm not sure what people would normally do if they were having their kitchens painted, whether they would remove all their stuff from the kitchen or whether I am being paranoid in the extreme . Also wondering if people would still cook in their kitchen whilst that general area was being painted, or if they'd refrain for a day or two?

I'm a bit embarrassed about this post, but I'm hoping that, since MNers are generally a lovely supportive bunch, if this does turn out to be a neurotic OCD fear that you won't judge me too harshly!


DixiePixie Wed 08-Aug-07 08:53:24


Radley Wed 08-Aug-07 08:57:13

I'm going to be painting my kitchen shortly and I will be taking everything out of the kitchen, not for the fumes, more for the fact that it makes it easier to get the painting done, rather than having to stop to move items etc.

Also, no, the fumes won't affect the utensils and crockery etc, not sure about the food, but, I can't imagine that it would damage them.

GooseyLoosey Wed 08-Aug-07 09:09:36

It will be fine - painted kitchen units recently and left everything in and no adverse reactions!

Most I would do is take unpackaged food (ie not tins and packets) off open shelves if you are worried.

However, know what its like to stress obsessively over things so if it will really worry you and prey on your mind, move all of stuff on open shelved. Can't see how stuff in cupboards behind shot door will be worse off than stuff in another room behind closed door.

Do whatever makes you feel comfortable.

DixiePixie Wed 08-Aug-07 14:57:03

Thanks for reassurance and for not making me feel silly - much appreciated

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