There’s really no elegant way to put this. Over the Thanksgiving break, I learned how to remove the smell of vomit. All three of our girls got sick over the break. One if them is sitting on the couch with me and on her second day home from school.
They got sick in the middle of the night. 3 different nights. WHY does this always happen in the middle of the night?!
We don’t really get sick often and when we do, it usually involves a runny nose, not throwing up. So this secret potion that I found may be old news to some of you, but it is new news to me.
I really will try to minimize the number of times that I use the words vomit and throw up for those of you with a strong gag reflex.
But I know there is a fellow mom out there desperately googling how to remove the smell at 2:00 in the morning like I was.
So this post is dedicated to you. Hang in there friend, I have a solution. And you’re doing a great job.
Here is how it went down for us….
One of the girls wanted to have a sleepover at Mimi and Pop’s house. One of them wanted to stay home. And one of them is 2 so she didn’t get much of a choice. She stayed home, too.
So the gal that stayed home wanted to sleep on the top bunk in her sister’s room. She told me her tummy hurt so I sat in the room with her for a bit until she fell asleep. Remember, we don’t get tummy bugs often so I wasn’t thinking anything of it.
Then at 2:00 am, she was in our room. Poor thing was scared to death.
“Mom, I got sick all over the room.”
She wasn’t kidding.
It was all. over. the room. Splatters happen when you lean over the side of the top bunk.
Thankfully, it wasn’t a night shift, and Dicky was home.
“Hey, babe! Wake up, I need help.” (P.S. I prob didn’t say “Hey, babe”. I prob whacked him in the shoulder and said “HELP!”)
So we both looked at each other and I said “Umm…I’m not good with throw up.”
Then he goes, “Ya, neither am I.”
Pause. What is wrong with us? I mean I’m a nurse and he is PA in the ER!?! We shouldn’t struggle so much. Oh well…
So rock star Dad started cleaning. I love him.
I got the blankets set up and got everything else taken care of. It was a long night of her getting sick, but we finally fell asleep.
The next morning, I went into the other room to assess the damage and it smelled pretty strong.
No worries, I thought. I will shampoo the carpets, open the windows, diffuse any oil that I can think of.
So I did all of those things.
I shampooed the carpet 3 times. I diffused (even though I have no clue what I’m doing with oils. I just wanted to get rid of the smell so I picked something that smelled fresh-ish.)
So google I did.
I came across this, and it worked!
2 cups hydrogen peroxide
2 tablespoons baking soda
A few drops of liquid dish soap
I mixed it up in a spray bottle. Then I sprayed it on the carpet, blotted with a towel and sprinkled baking soda all over. I let it sit over night and then vacuumed the baking soda up in the morning.
I also rinsed the sheets and then washed them with white vinegar. It does not smell like vinegar when you’re done!
Just pour the vinegar in place of your detergent and wash like you normally would.
If you’re reading this with a sick kiddo, I hope they feel better soon.
If you’ve stuck with me long enough to read this and your kiddo isn’t sick, tuck this away for the future!
Ok, often when it involves a DIY project, I’m almost always spontaneous.
The rest of my life is pretty planned out. I have my planner (I’m a paper and pen kind of planner gal) and all of our family’s activities penciled in, but when I decide it is time for a project….
HOLD ON TIGHT.
This is what happened last week. Dicky and I were talking down in the kitchen and then my eyes started wandering around. He immediately knew what was about to happen. This isn’t the first time this has happened.
“Oh no. What are you thinking? You want to paint something, don’t you?”
“How did you know?”
“I know that look.”
“Ok, I’m going to paint the cabinets this week.”
I know he had to be thinking “Good grief woman.” But he was (as always) behind my craziness.
“Ok, how about I can help with Millie while you paint?”
I. LOVE. HIM. Teamwork at its finest.
There have been seasons where he’s all up in the project with me. But the season we’re in…playing defense with the toddler is the most helpful thing he could offer. If you have little ones at home, you know what I mean.
Sometimes she is helpful. 🙂
WHAT HAVE I STARTED?!?
Once I got started, I knew this was going to be quite possibly one of the biggest projects that I had ever tackled. There was chalk paint and wax on the cabinets. Nothing wrong with that. I had done that on our previous house. But….it was going to take lots of research and elbow grease to figure out how to remove the wax and then prep the wood before I could move on to the actual painting.
Oh and I had to get this done quickly because we have house guests in 2 weeks. That’s another thing I tend to do. Start a project when there is a deadline coming up. Hey…it makes you work fast.
If you’ve done a big project like this, you know that we rest of the house temporaily falls into a chaotic mess because all of your energy goes towards getting your project done. And we eat lots of Kraft Mac and Cheese. Powdered cheese and all. And use paper plates. And use lots of dry shampoo. All something to stock up on before you start a project. Mac and cheese. Paper plates. Dry shampoo. Grab a big box of goldfish while you’re at it.
I’m planning to share each step of this process with you once I’m all finished. I need to finish the island and our hardware has been ordered and is (hopefully) on its way soon!
This picture makes me laugh. I’m smiling here and feeling all proud of getting the first coat of paint on. Little did I know that a few hours later, the paint would be completely stuck and painted onto that paper that I have the doors laying on.
I wasn’t smiling then. So that’s what NOT to do. Don’t lay your cabinets on paper. I should’ve known better.
I will share all of my tidbits with you once I’m complete, but here are some of the things that I learned during this process…
How to paint over chalk paint and wax. Actually how to remove all of it so that you can paint with a paint other than chalk paint. I had trouble finding a lot of info on this, so I will share with you how I successfully removed it and painted over it.
How to pick a cabinet color that will coordinate with what you already have going on. Sometimes (ok, this is the case most often) it just isn’t in the budget to get new counter tops, so you have to work with what you’ve got going on vs picking the color of your dreams. It all works out in the end.
The best paint for your cabinets! This is my 4th time using this paint and once it is fully cured, a complete DREAM! So durable if you have littles. See where I used it on our front door here.
Get out of your comfort zone when getting new hardware! I’m so excited about the cabinet hardware I ordered. It isn’t something I would normally pick. Here is a little teaser…BRASS IS BACK. At least maybe in the kitchen hardware department.
I should be done soon and I will share with you once I am! I hope you enjoyed a sneak peek and a little dose of reality behind the scenes!
Let me tell you about a tradition that we started last year. I’m a sucker for anything that has my kids’ handprints on it. We got a canvas tree skirt and they put their handprints on it. I’ll do this each year! It’s going to be pretty awesome.
5) This sherpa throw has great reviews! If you don’t have the perfect blanket for those family movie nights (or the Hallmark movie marathons) by the fire, this looks like one that you won’t regret!
P.S. Christmas is in 50 days. And if you want to decorate the day after Thanksgiving, that is in 19 days.