As I have mentioned, we are preparing to sell our home, so I am painting like a mad woman. Mad, I say. Stark raving. To the point that if Mason falls asleep too near me, he may wake up with a newly sanded, textured and painted tail. Stuff like that happens at my house. I’m just sayin’…
Yesterday I had a SuperWoman lunch hour, which turned out to be actually two hours. During said lunch break, I did my grocery shopping and flew home to stock the pantry and fridge. Knowing Mom would be visiting this morning to help me with painting, I decided to get a jump start on today’s project and spray a texture onto the bathroom walls I had recently bared. Yes…me…on my lunch hour…spraying a can of oil-based wall texture.
I am not, as one might say, the brightest bulb in the chandelier.
Five minutes and three sneezes later, the can was empty, my eyes were burning and my dress clothes were speckled. I brushed at my clothing and my hair and ran to wash my hands, which looked like I had been in a marshmallow food fight.
Those of you who are smarter than I am already know that water will not clean oil-based paint products off of your skin. I finally caught on, thankyouverymuch.
I read the can and learned that the suggested cleaning agent is paint thinner. On my skin? AS IF!! So I reasoned to myself: if water cleans water-based paint, then oil should clean oil-based paint. Makes sense, right? You bet your boots it does! I reached for a bottle of almond oil, put about two drops onto my hands and began to rub it in to the white paint residue I was wearing. And voila!! That almond oil gave new meaning to the phrase “gone in sixty seconds.” It worked like a dream, and my hands were moisturized too.
I had to share that with you – just in case you ever need to use oil-based paints on your lunch hour.