We have lead. Lead paint that is. I had a hunch that our house was hiding this dirty little secret, but I wasn’t ready to face the truth until recently. Our whole house had been freshly painted before we moved in so at first I wasn’t too worried about . Then this happened -
Riley can go from calm to total spaz in two seconds flat and it’s usually cat induced. As soon as Riley sees one out the window, she Looses. Her. Mind. She sprints from window to window, barking, whining…and clawing the window sills. After four years of this, some paint had been chipped and it was time to face the fact that we might have a lead problem. So on a recent trip to Lowe’s I picked up a lead paint test -
And the result was…confusing. At first I was psyched because the instructions said the test is positive if the tip of the swab turns pink. Ours turned brown. Score! Then I read the instructions again. It also says that if the surface that you tested turns pink, lead may be present. And there was our window sill, staring back at us with a lovely shade of pink. Dang.
After talking with a couple people, we decided the best route to go was to encase the lead paint by repainting the window sills. While we can’t reroute all the cats in our neighborhood around our house, Riley has been banned from her favorite spot by the window.