Hello, she said, looking up from her machine. For a sec.
here and there and making curtains.

* the one about the salad and the grout *

There are a lot of funny things that happen when you are remodeling your home. 

Like when you are walking into your newly tiled bathroom
with supplies, like dark tinted primer for the vanity
that the guy at Lowe's who-thinks-you-paint-anything-that-isn't-nailed-down mixed for you yesterday.
Just bringing it in there, 
in case you have 30 minutes to spare and want to 'dig in.'
And instead you drop the unopened can of darkly tinted primer
and it explodes at your feet
running into all the tan grout
and splashing up onto the side of the tub
and on your shoes
and legs
and towels
and the vanity (which is actually ok because that is the only place it's supposed to be).


And taking some of the towels it landed on, dripping with paint,
and thowing them into the vanity sinks.
And finding even more towels to wipe up the paint
(I'm talking almost a whole quart of thick charcoal gray kilz)
and smearing it all over the place.

And then, after a lot of words that are not very nice,
Thank you, Lord.  For making me the painter I am and knowing that I need to clean up sometimes.  I know that I have a huge can of mineral spirits in the garage.  Please please please please help me get this paint out of my grout.  Before hubs comes home.  Thankyousoverymuch.  I think I need to slow down.  Amen.

And I poured the mineral spirits all over the mess, took my toothbrush and scrubbed. And scrubbed.  Most of it came out.  I worked up a sweat, I tell you.  This mistake was not going to get the best of me.

Because I haven't even done after photos yet, for heaven's sake. 

I also find this particularly funny because I just had the best salad (thank you amy, that tuscan salad is superb!) that made me feel so wholesome and good.  I even rinsed my lettuce with vinegar, so as not to consume anything chemical or yucky. 

And then I spent a half hour with my head in the fumes of mineral spirits.  It's all about balance, right?

Also, I need to find a new toothbrush.

: : : the end : : :

* I've had a couple emails about my sense of humor with this little mishap.  The thing is, it was a mess, but it wasn't the end of the world.  In the Big Picture, I'm just a comfortable suburban housewife with very few things to worry about on a daily basis.  This really is the Small Stuff. And am I ever so thankful for that.  xoxo.  happy weekend. *



yikes! glad it mostly came out! when i was painting our playroom last summer my then 4-yo dropped a can of red paint. thankfully it was in the garage, but he ruined his nice church clothes!

don't forget to get a new toothbrush!


oh. my. god. I would have died! Nice save!!


been here my friend. Like how finished laying the floor in the kitchen, only to drop a huge wad of grout on it and let it harden accidentally.

yeah, remodels are so fun!


all I can say is ... OMG!!!!



Alicia A.

OH NO! Just reading about it gave me that panic-y feeling in my chest. I'm glad most of it came up.

I can't wait to see the finished pics.

Kim V

Oh my goodness! Thank goodness you know how to clean it up!
Have a better day!


Holy Good Night! I can't believe you're so good natured about it. Thank you for the reminder that if I am ever carrying paint around I need to be very very VERY careful.
Glad it mostly came out!

amy h

Oh no! What a mess to have to clean up! I always do stuff like that when I get going too fast. I'm glad it mostly came out. I hope they weren't new towels for the remodel. Maybe now you can have new towels for a new bathroom? :)

I'm glad you liked the salad!


my heart just stopped when you said you spilled that! oh my! glad it turned out alright. you gotta get those after pics done!


Oh my.

I always wonder about paint accidents when I see the guys at lowes putting those little metal lock thingys on my paint cans.

Now I know, but I am sorry you had to be the one to teach me what a mess it would be.


My hubby spilled a gallong of kilz on the dining room carpet. He managed to get ti all out as well. I don't think I was as calm as you were! Happy weekend to you too.

Lil' d

I'm glad it's coming up ok. I'm taking some weird comfort from the fact that I'm not the only one having an accident-prone week, although I feel kind of bad for saying that... Your bathroom's looking really nice, though!


You are hilarious! So one of the tiles in my bathroom popped up today. Coincidence? I think not.

Mary Smith

Oh yes, Oh yes, things like that have definitely happened to me, except, I am not as quick as you to clean them up. I usually find the need to lie down first. Your bathroom is looking amazing though, from what I can see!


If that was me, I would freeze. I will just stare at the mess. Then I will wonder whether "Ctrl + Z" will work. Once it dawns upon me that it won't work, I'll find a way of removing the mess. All in all, the cleaning process will take ages.

I'm glad you knew what to do! And even more glad that the splash didn't get out of control! Cheers (:


Oh my, Chris! What a flippin' mess! That's the kind of thing that would happen to me, too.

(Yesterday Joe was painting an outside window and Mason dumped a quart of white paint on our deck.)

Andrea Hamilton

You are so good, with instant perspective and attitude adjustment! For most, it would be one of those, 'One day we'll laugh about this, but not TOday." But really, the sooner we laugh, the better.


You're a better woman than I! I would still be in tears and swearin'. Not to mention I'd be calling the contractor to come finish the painting.

The old Dairy

That is why I hate painting, glad you got it all cleaned up that's amazing.Bathroom looks great.......


What kind of vinegar did you wash the salad greens with? Sounds interesting.

Kay Snyder

I just found your blog through House on Hill Road. Love your style and reading about your sewing weekend at the lake. After a bit of reading I realized you were a MO girl like me and KC here also! Nice to meet you neighbor!


Chris, I'm having such fun reading up on your week while I was gone. Your outfits turned out lovely and I'm SO anxious to see your before and afters on the bathroom. DH still hasn't gotten to tiling ours yet (and is too cheap to pay someone else to do it). I'm dying to paint our vanity, too!

The rose pictures are gorgeous!


I've had days like that! The can-do (gotta-do) attitude is great. I've recently discovered that you can buy grout paint and it works really well for discolored grout. If yours didn't get completely clean you might check into it.

I'm enjoying your blog!

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