Monday, April 5, 2010

Date Night Gone Awry

Saturday was a no good, very bad day. Here's why...

Saturday night, my hubby and I had planned to eat a nice dinner at home and then go see a movie together.

I had just made the chicken with fresh salsa and then was taking down the salad bowl to toss a side salad. With limited cupboard space, we keep the salad bowl up high, above the oven. I need a stool in order to reach it. So, I had already put the oil and vinegar on the counter behind me and then stepped down with the salad bowl in my hands...the dog was RIGHT behind me (as usual)- I tripped over her, and in what felt like slow motion, my elbow knocked over the ENTIRE bottle of balsamic vinegar (the Costco size!!). Stickiest. Stuff. Ever.

After laughing at my clumsy self, Brandon and I cleaned it up with bleach and ate our dinner. By this time we already missed the movie. Bummer right? It gets worse....

Since were cutting back financially, I've been painting my own nails. I decided to paint my nails while we relaxed and watched TV together. I got my fingers and toes all trimmed, prepped and put on the base coat. I picked out my favorite shade of hot pink - but couldn't open the bottle. Being the kind husband he is, Brandon tried too, but also couldn't open it. You know how the old nail polish dries up under the cap and makes it impossible to open? That's how it was. One quick tap on the armrest in an attempt to dislodge the cap, quickly turned into this awful mess:
It-was-everywhere! On the cushions, on the wall, on the carpet, on the armrest, and even on Izzie's head! At first I was shocked, and in disbelief. Then I laughed. Then I cried. As we sat there scrubbing our new-ish (about a year) couch and carpet with nail polish remover and Resolve I couldn't stop the tears. Taking it off the walls took off the paint too. But hey - I've wanting to repaint our living room for a while now anyways... We both felt like crap, we were overwhelmed with frustration, and were grumpier than a 5am Saturday morning without coffee or food. The picture above it how it looked after we scrubbed. That's the best we could do.

Anyone have a cleaning tip? We got some strong acetone from work and will give it a shot today. In the meantime, I covered it up. Turned the cushions around, threw a blanket over the armrest and covered most of the carpet spots with a slab of extra carpet.
After we realized that there was nothing else we could do and that we'd have to live with it, we dealt with our stress in a very "healthy" manner. Baskin Robbins, 31 Flavors Bananas Royal: 2 scoops of ice cream (Rocky Road and Cookies & Cream of course!) with banana, caramel, whip cream, and a cherry on top.

Moral of the story: Glass is breakable ;-)


  1. Oh Ashley! So not fun! I'm trying to remember if I've ever found a good way to get nail polish off of furniture... I've spilled it plenty of times!

  2. Only one word: OUCH! Sorry I don't know any product to remove polish from furniture, hope someone can give you a tip!

  3. omg! i had NO idea that could happen. good cover up. I once "trimmed" stains out of carpet with scissors. *shrug* kind of weird but yeah. XO

  4. I've done the trimming thing before too, unfortunately the nailpolish remover smeared it in!

  5. Ashley a night of disaster! Here is link with stain removing tips.and if that doesn't work I recommend that you piece in a new piece of carpet, I had just put wall to wall in my house and my son decided to light a sparkler in his bed room and burnt the carpet. My husband took a razor knife and out out a square around the burnt section and then took a piece of left over carpet and cut out another square using the original piece as the template and then glue it in place almost perfectly using gorilla glue.
    You could make an arm covers for the sofa and the throw pillow is a good trick. You may also want to put an end table over the carpet until you can replace it or patch it.

    A bit of advice clean your nail polish before putting the cap on and keep in refrigerator, they last long or you could do what I did which was go green and stop painting your nails all together we don't need the chemicals. I simply manicure my own and buff for shine and I love it, simple, quick and free. And if you are going to continue with the painting of your nails you may want to invest in some drop clothes......kidding!

  6. Nail Polish - Stain Removal on Carpet and Upholstery

    1. Apply nail polish remover (acetone). Blot.
    2. Mix one teaspoon of a neutral detergent (a mild detergent containing no alkalies or bleaches) with a cup of luke-warm water. Blot.
    3. Sponge with clean water. Blot.

  7. Gloria - Thank you for all the helpful suggestions! I will be trying a few of them this week *fingers crossed*!