By Jasmine Kazlauskas
A mortified mum has spent THREE YEARS repainting her home after her mischievous daughter redecorated their entire house with permanent purple handprints – after being left alone for just 15 minutes.
Aussie mum-of-three Sharon Edman, 43, revealed she only left then-four-year-old daughter Molly alone for a quarter of an hour while she folded laundry in another room at their Coffs Harbour home in April 2015.
But in that time the cheeky youngster, now seven, managed to break into the family’s paints and leave decorative deep purple handprints all over the pristine white walls of their four-bedroom home – including in the living room, the family room, the kitchen, and in her bedroom.
Shocked swimming instructor Sharon has now revealed how she and husband Shane, 43, have spent the three years since covering the purple acrylic over with white paint because the handprints still show through.
Sharon, who is also mum to Maddi, 18, and Tommy, 3, said: “It was just Molly, my newborn son Tommy and myself in the house at the time.
“I’d left her out in the living room while I folded laundry in my bedroom.
“She was only alone for about 15 minutes and was being very quiet.
“I was happy that she was being quiet, I just thought she was really well behaved.
“I should have known she was being naughty. Silence is always dangerous.
“All of a sudden she came running up to the room and just stood in the doorway covered in purple paint from head to toe.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I was shocked.
“I asked her what she was doing, and she had the biggest smile on her face and told me she had been painting.
“I asked her to show me. As I walked out the bedroom, I saw the paint was absolutely everywhere.
“I was shocked. I wanted to scream and yell at her, but at the same time I wanted to burst out laughing at the sheer ridiculousness of it.
“But I tried my best to muffle my laughter as I didn’t want to encourage that kind of behaviour.
“Her little eyes were looking up at me, and I could see she thought she had done a great thing and just wanted to make me happy.
“She specifically chose purple too because she knew that it is my favourite colour.
“We had a very serious discussion about why you don’t colour the walls, and she was banned from using paints for a week.”
Sharon’s horror continued when she discovered the purple paint wouldn’t budge – even after three hours of vigorous scrubbing.
And the walls were not the only thing to be permanently stained, with the mum revealing that her daughter sported an unsightly ‘purple tinge’ for a week afterwards.
And even now three years since the incident, Sharon said she and her husband are still in the process of repainting their walls with several coats of white paint to try and hide their daughter’s ‘redecorating’.
She said: “I’ve had loads of marks on the walls before from pens, crayons and pencils.
“Usually Molly would just use poster paint on pieces of paper. She is a very creative child.
“Somehow she got into the acrylic paint. She must have seen me using it to repaint a table a few days earlier.
“I didn’t realise it was the acrylic paint until I popped her in the shower and the paint just wasn’t coming off.
“Her skin was stained purple for at least a week. It was terrible.
“People thought it was bruising, and it even settled around her eyes which made it worse.
“I scrubbed the walls for at least three hours the first day to try and get it off.
“The rest of the week, I did it for two hours every day and it finally came off a little bit, but you could still see it was there.
“My arms were shaking and so sore. It was the best arm workout I’ve ever had.
“Luckily we have been renovating the house a bit anyway.
“In the end, we just sanded down the walls and repainted them.
“We’ve had to do at least three coats of paint to make it look nice.
“But we still haven’t done anything to our front lounge wall, so there is still all handprints in there.
“We plan to repaint it soon, but in the meantime it’s a hilarious reminder of what happened.
“She still loves to paint, but she knows never to be artistic on the walls ever again.”