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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Humor  |  House: The Imaginarium

Accidents happen!


Well, it had been an eventful day for all the wrong reasons. Having a dog who regularly dunks herself in mud and rolls in unspeakable substances, as you can appreciate, does not make for a pristine house. It’s just as well I’m not house-proud, but even I have standards. So we decide... that is hubby and me... that it’s time for a makeover, involving a lick of paint to the main living areas.

So, I take out said dog (Sadie who I actually adore and who is worth every single muddy paw print), for her daily walk and dunk, leaving hubby to undercoat the paintwork... his preference I hasten to add, while I’m away.

On my return, Sadie senses something is wrong and is decidedly reluctant to enter the house, which seems strangely ‘steamy’.

I take a few tentative steps down the hall and peep through the open door into the lounge. Hubby looms before me like an apparition, dripping in sweat and covered in white paint, buckets of water, various wet cloths and the equivalent of about two kitchen rolls, litter the room. “I’ve had an accident,” he says, his white face crestfallen.

I'd never have guessed,” I say, surveying the chaos.

Apparently, he had been happily painting away with the radio for company, when he got up to move the TV set and its stand to paint the skirting board behind. He placed the can of paint on the fireplace... or thought he had, and turned to heave the TV out of its alcove at which point, the paint can tipped over emptying its contents over the floor... great thick pools of the cascading stuff having formed on the carpet.

He had made a valiant attempt at cleaning it up, to the point of almost foaming at the mouth, but had hardly made an impact. So we formed a team, and spent most of the afternoon on our knees, rubbing and scrubbing like Alladin and Widow Twanky, in an attempt to soak the wretched stuff up.

So, it turned out to be not just a lick of paint, but more of a baptism. But hey, accidents happen and there are much worse things in life than a spilt can of paint, and there’s always the house insurance.

Now, a new carpet might be nice!

Submitted: March 10, 2019

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Oh my gosh, I feel awful for finding this as funny as I did, but I actually laughed out loud reading it! The imagery is fantastic- Sadie rolling in mud and other "unmentionable" substances (she'd get along with my dogs just fine), husband looming like an apparition, covered in white...A baptism in paint indeed! Is this a true story? I'm so sorry if it is, what an awful mess, but it's absolutely hysterical. And if it's not true... great vivid descriptions, I'd have believed it happened for sure.
A few years after we moved into our current house, my parents decided to repaint it and almost immediately after the paint job was finished (a multi-month task interrupted by, among other things, the birth of my little brother), my mom was trying to move a table, got it stuck around a corner, tried to push it free from behind, and somehow flipped it... straight into the freshly-painted wall. Then, because the table had extendable legs, she couldn't get it out because every time she pulled on it the legs just extended and the table remained stubbornly in the wall. She had a similarly awkward "so there's been an accident I got a table stuck in the wall" conversation with my dad.
Thank you so much for sharing this, it made my day to read it! Messy accident indeed, but it makes a great story.

Mon, March 11th, 2019 5:13am


Yes, Kathryn, this is true! I felt so sorry for my hubby, he was distraught and yes, accidents happen. At the end of the day, no one got hurt, so we just got stuck in and tried to clean up the mess as best we could. And then I saw the funny side of it, so decided to share the experience. So pleased you enjoyed it, and that it raised a laugh. You should share the table-in-the wall scenario, sounds hilarious!

Mon, March 11th, 2019 1:54pm


Regular - unregular house work. Why they usually don't go as you planned and have a life of theirs, which always is rebellious.
You should kiss you hubby for giving you a reason to change the carpet.
And then kiss more for giving you a reason to lol.

Mon, March 11th, 2019 7:46am


Ha, thank you so much for your comment, jakuper1, greatly appreciated.

Mon, March 11th, 2019 1:57pm


Oh, boy, it's amazing the mess a pot of paint can make. But ,Sue, you made a great job of looking on the bright side!

Mon, March 11th, 2019 9:08pm


He was so distraught and I felt so sorry for him, I couldn't be angry. We just got stuck in and tried to clean up the mess, and then I saw the funny side of it! There are accidents where people get hurt or die, so it puts it in perspective!

Mon, March 11th, 2019 2:51pm


Love this witty tale, Sue :) oh my!

Tue, March 12th, 2019 1:01pm


It's actually true... he was so distraught I couldn't be angry with him. Thanks for reading, Lis, so value your support.

Tue, March 12th, 2019 12:49pm

Bert Broomberg

A great story. The kind of thing that can happen to anyone. A true D.I.Y. nightmare.

Wed, May 15th, 2019 11:18am


Thanks for reading, Bert. Greatly appreciated.

Wed, May 15th, 2019 5:39am

Sharief Hendricks

ouch !...what a disaster...

I can relate Sue...unfortunately I too love my dogs just too much !

really funny moments !

Mon, July 6th, 2020 11:25am


Ha, thank you so much, Sharief, so pleased you enjoyed it! Your comment really brightened my day!

Mon, July 6th, 2020 4:30am

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