During Rocco’s nap time I decided to keep my 5 year old son Massimo busy by helping me paint our fence.
Massimo is quite loud and energetic, and he does not take an afternoon nap any longer. If I do not keep him busy he tends to be so loud that he wakes up my younger son.
I thought a paint project would be the perfect activity that would keep a 5 year old busy and help me out at the same time.
Massimo was a champion painter. He helped refresh our fence and gave it a more polished look. While he was painting I noticed that a lot of the paint was getting on his hands and face. I did not worry too much because I assumed that paint was easy to clean off.
I was very wrong about the clean up and I felt like such a dope about assuming anything. I did not realize till after our project was done that the paint was oil base, a very difficult type of paint to clean of one’s skin.
After realizing that the paint was oil base I panicked for a second. Could Massimo live life as a boy with a silver face? What would my husband Michael think?
I admit, I was very irresponsible for not double checking the type of paint I was using for our project. As a mother I should have known better…
When I had Massimo in a bath full of bubbles, and I realized that soap would not get the paint off, I went to full time panic mode. I scrubbed and scrubbed, but the paint was not coming off. After being freaked out for a good 2 minutes I then got a sense of real unexplainable calm. I went straight to my computer and I found the solution to my problem.
The answer was as simple as a lot of olive oil and some salt for “tougher” areas. Massimo found the salt too abrasive so we just used a wet rag and plenty of olive oil. I was so relieved and happy when the olive oil gradually made the paint wipe off.
Thank God for olive oil. I now know why it is considered the “miracle oil”.
This predicament I put myself in also made me realize, once again, not to worry about anything. There is always a solution somewhere.
Have a great day!
(PS. Since Massimo is only 5 years old I did not want to use turpentine or other chemical paint removers on him.)