It was one of those slow motion moments. I lift the ladder, the white blur of the quart descends downward, I hear the dull thud, and watch as the spray of fresh “Baize Green” showers my office in rain of latex.
Noooooooooooooo! I’m not going to cry, I’m not going to cry… I’m going to bite my lip, and take a deep, long breath. Sigh……..
The hard wood floor has a pool of paint on it, soaking into the cracks. Lovely.
The walls and board and batten look like Jackson Pollock just paid the room a visit. Fabulous.
Paint is all over my junk pile on the floor, which includes some tax files. Kick my self…. I knew I should have picked up those items!
The carpet and computer chair are beyond saving, because my focus needs to be on cleaning up the flooring. Great.
I run my hand through my hair, just staring at the disaster. What the??? Paint is now all over my hand and arm and hair. I look up to see the drips coming down from the ceiling. HAHa!
At this point I just laugh. Because what else am I going to do? I’m not going to cry over spilled paint.
Yesterday I posted a pic of the spill on my Facebook and Instagram and many of you asked how was I going to clean up the latex paint. I ran to the kitchen and grabbed a few items, a big bowl of water, a metal dough scraper I use when making bread, a rubber spatula, and a sponge. The first thing to do was to scrape up as much paint as possible. So I used the rubber spatula to scoop paint onto the dough scraper, then poured that back into the paint quart. The rubber scraper worked great. Then came time to wash it all. This took a long time. I used warm water and worked in small areas, scrubbing off any paint that started to dry with the rough side of the sponge. I think I changed the bowl water at least 8 times. Sadly the chair and rug were causalities. I planned on getting a new run anyhow.
This is what my office looked like before. We installed the board and batten (click link for full tutorial) about 2 years ago and I love it. The gold color on the walls is Blonde by Sherwin Williams. I wanted a fresh change in the office and these table linens from the Threshold line at Target were the inspiration for the new office makeover and paint color! I have the table runner on my kitchen table and I love it.
We have a very open floor plan on the first level and the office is open and is adjoined to the dining area of the kitchen. The entire kitchen and family room are painted in Comfort Gray (click the link to see the kitchen). Baize Green is in the same family group as Comfort Gray on the Sherwin Williams color fan and they are both the same depth of hue, which means they will coordinate beautifully together.
I’ve ordered several of the linens and have big plans to use them in the office in creative ways! I can not wait to show you the office when it’s finished! Every DIY project comes with its ups and down, successes and failures and none of us are immune to the occasional screw up. We just need to keep a positive attitude, and perspective knowing that these things are just material items and can always be repaired, and if not, then replaced. So I will not cry over spilled paint, but slow down a bit, and definitely think before I move a ladder next time!
I’m off to the store now to get more paint! Have a fabulous day!