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My free Valspar paint arrived (& warning, the lid is not child proof!)

Valspar has been giving away everyday on their site. I’ve tried repeatedly to sign up, but never made it in time until a few weeks ago.

The box with the samples arrived in the mail yesterday and I was so excited! It was a very generous box for a freebie and I had lots of ideas for how we’d use it. For one, I’d promised the girls we’d make with it.

Well, apparently I up and lost my mind because I forgot that paint and curious 23-month-olds do not mix. Instead of putting the paint in a very high, out-of-the-way location like I usually would, I left it in the box and got distracted on another project.

A little while later, I heard a crash and then Kaitlynn hollered out, “Mom, Silas spilled the paint!”

I panicked, as I could only imagine what that could mean.

I ran to investigate, and yep, it was bad. 75% of the beautiful blue Valspar paint was now splattered in a large puddle on our tiled bathroom floor.

Quickly grabbing rags, I began scrubbing and scrubbing and scrubbing. Gratefully, after lots of elbow grease, it all came up — and we now have a very clean bathroom floor, to boot. 🙂

The good news? Somehow Silas had the presence of mind to cart the paint into the tiled bathroom before opening and spilling it. I’m pretty certain that if he’d spilled it on the carpet, we would have never gotten it all up. And replacing the carpet thanks to a freebie likely would have been one of my worst frugal failures in history.

There’s still enough paint to pull off the , but it is now far, far out of the reach of Silas! And I don’t think I’m even going to consider picking up the that’s available right now!

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  • says:

    Oh my!!! Glad it was in the tiled bathroom!

  • Kristine says:

    Something similar happened at our house once. I had some poster paints (which I had forgotten about) stored in a very high, out-of-the-way place, and my three kids (who were all under age four at the time) managed to climb and grab them and then smear them all over their bedroom carpet during nap time. Amazingly, they were able to be quiet long enough that I didn’t notice until it was too late! 😀

    We called a carpet cleaner right away, but the paint never did come out completely. Red and blue paint are especially hard colors to get out of carpet and clothes.

    • Crystal says:

      🙁 How sad. I’ve given up on having perfect carpet. I think it’s pretty near impossible with children. But they are every bit worth the spills and messes and mishaps — even if it is rather frustrating at times!

      • Kristine says:

        I know. I’ve given up on having a perfectly clean house in general, but kids certainly are worth all of the frustrations that we have to deal with. 🙂

      • Laura says:

        I was helping my mom paint a couple years ago and I accidently knocked over the entire thing of paint on her *new* carpet. We were putting down plastic getting ready to paint and I accidently kicked the tin thing the paint is in and since the lid wasnt closed well paint went everywhere! I was horribly embarrased but glad that it happened at my moms instead of someone elses home, shes used to me being a clutz. 😛

  • says:

    Wait until you hit a paint can with your car! I heard it and even got out to check what it was. I didn’t walk fully around the car, because I thought I hit it with the back tire. I guess that was the secondary hit. It cured after I made an hour commute on a 90 degree day. Now my SUV is maroon with white polka dots.

  • Beth S. says:

    We got a sample of the free Valspar (my husband stayed up late and got one of the freebies!) but then they sent us the wrong color, so I called and they send us another free box of the right color…so out of the deal we got 2 free boxes of paint samples and the wonderful $5 off a gallon of paint (times two!). It’s so great. Valspar paint is awesome.

  • says:

    I’m glad you posted this because as soon as I read it I hid the paint samples I received from Glidden last year. I’ve had a really hard time opening one of these one time, so I guess it never crossed my mind that a toddler would be able to open it-guess I was wrong!

    • says:

      The Glidden pint I received (might have been a different offer) had a plastic ring on it, on a regular paint can. The plastic ring was nearly impossible to remove! If there were a toddler on earth that could have gotten it off, I wish they’d have sent him with it! 🙂

  • says:

    Wow, I can’t BELIEVE you got that off!

    • Crystal says:

      I know! I was sure it was going to ruin the floor. I still have it stuck in my fingernails even after trying and trying to scrub them clean. I’ll take it stuck in my fingernails over my tile grout any day!

  • Courtney says:

    Wow, you’re lucky he just spilled it on the floor and not on himself!

    The messiest mishap that one of my kids ever had was when my toddler son, who was riding in the grocery cart, picked up a jumbo bottle of maple syrup. Just as I was reaching to take it from him, he dropped it on the floor and it broke all over the place. Talk about a huge, sticky mess…I was so embarrassed!

  • says:

    Wow! I’m so shocked you got it off as well! Thank goodness!

    That reminds me, I haven’t even touched our freebie! Potato stamps sound like so much fun!

  • JaDell says:

    FYI, if you do end up with paint on your carpet, use water, and LOTS of it! Seriously, pour and pour and pour water on the paint. Don’t let it dry. Use a cup to scoop the watery paint off the carpet. and repeat. add more water, and repeat. I have seen bright pink come out of brand new cream carpet and I have personally conquered white paint out of yucky cream carpet. it works. Have I mentioned, use LOTS of water?? 🙂 Don’t let the paint dry. when you have all the paint up, let the carpet dry and then vacuum.

  • Ellen says:

    I got mine today, too, and wanted to double-check the lid was childproof… I was QUITE surprised when I opened it, spilled a little on myself, and consequently, found it was NOT. So sorry you had to learn the hard way, Crystal!!!! Here’s to hoping that Silas saved a little for your craft project!

  • Rosie says:

    is it awful that I laughed a little? I have a son who’s just a few months older than Silas and I can just see a little toddler boy doing it. Those boys are always getting into mischeif, aren’t they? 🙂

  • Alea says:

    This made me laugh becuase a few months ago my 2 year old got into a paint sample that I left lying around – which had a plastic seal around the lid! I heard him call “Mom! Mom!” in a very different voice than usual. Kinda like “I’m making a mess and I can’t fix it!” So, luckily it was a linoleum floor and not too hard to clean up.
    We tell our kids to pick up all the time – but do we listen to ourselves? 🙂

    • Crystal says:

      I know! Having children has opened up my eyes to all sorts of areas for improvement in my own life. How can I expect something from them if I’m not doing it myself?! 🙁

  • kathryn says:

    Those samples are great! You can buy them at Lowe’s for $3. It is nice for small projects. Recently my kids each got to pick a color and we painted small wooden chairs for them. Works great for lessons at home because the little ones know exactly where to sit and there is no bickering about placement 🙂

  • Clare C. says:

    Your story made me giggle and remember a certain room re-do project left unattended + 2 year old twins. It was a sage green paint and I can attest that the wet dry vac/water combo really worked. 🙂 8 years later, this story is now funny to us even though it’s sometimes hard to see the humor at the moment!

  • says:

    I’m pregnant for the first time, and this is making me realize I’m going to have to make some MAJOR changes in my craft room because I’ve got plenty of stuff that will stain within easy reach. *sigh* At least I’m forewarned.

  • Megan says:

    Have a great time with the potato stamps! If you have a bunch of celery, you should give celery stamps a try, too (just use the cut off “stump” end of the celery – it looks like a flower).

  • Chris J. says:

    What, no pictures? 🙂

  • says:

    I say this knowing that you are a very responsible parent, and I’m not judging or anything. BUT… I personally wouldn’t let my young children use latex paint for a craft. First, there are fumes, even from a small amount. Second, it is hard to clean up. Third, there are paints that are more kid-friendly out there. Just my two cents! 😀

  • says:

    Oh no! So glad you got that off!

    A couple of years ago my oldest daughter had made an ornament at an art fair. It was a clear glass ornament that she put drips of paint of different colors into and swirled them around (actually a fun, easy craft project for Christmas, and they make the prettiest ornaments). It was sitting on her shelf, drying, when my son got a hold of it and shattered it, wet paint (hot pink if I recall) and all, all over her white bedroom carpet. I never did get it all up so I just took an electric razor and shaved the little bit of carpet up that was really noticeable. I didn’t cut so much that you could tell it had been cut but it did the job. I will have to remember the water trick. I am sure that won’t be the last time we deal with paint on the carpet with three boys (so far) in the house!

  • says:

    So glad it was on tile and not on carpet!! I just ordered mine and am very excited!!

  • says:

    Our sons were born extremely close together, Crystal! Had I sent for that paint sample, I probably would have had a similar experience. Mine somehow got into Vaseline one day–it was all over him and everything else. I knew it went in his mouth, too, so I called Poison Control. He was 18 months old. My daughter turns 5 tomorrow and I’ve never had to call Poison Control for her??? Boys! Wow! They keep you on your toes. 🙂

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