A mother-of-two was met with a nasty surprise after she left her children for a few minutes while she went to the bathroom.
Five minutes was all it took. But the aftermath cost her $880 and quite a headache.
A mum in the UK left her two children alone for just a few minutes to go to the loo – and returned to find them and her kitchen covered in white paint.
Hayley Kidd, 27, from Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, was in the middle of a kitchen revamp when she left her kids Bonnie, 4, and Harry, 1, playing outside in the garden.
The young mum nipped upstairs to use the toilet, thinking her kids would be occupied outside, MailOnline reports.
Now a hilarious photo is entertaining people online as it shows the kids caught in the act with Bonnie crouched over the exploded bucket with a guilty face and both dripping in white paint, The Sun reports.
But, when she returned less than five minutes later, she found the youngsters had smeared a tub of white paint all over themselves and the kitchen – including the floors, cupboards and surfaces.
Hayley said the paint had been on the kitchen bench. It appears that Bonnie climbed up to get to it and then used a ladle to throw it around the room – and at her younger brother.
Hayley said it cost $880 to clean up the mess.
She had to replace the oven, air fryer, microwave and even the electrical sockets.
Hayley said: “It’s quite possibly the worst day of my life, but it was funny and it’s done now. There’s always something in our house.
“I started painting my kitchen and the children were playing outside in the garden. While they were playing, I thought I’d run upstairs.
“So I went to the toilet, then I spotted a pile of washing on the stairs so I picked that up and put it on my bed.
“I can’t describe how quickly it happened. It was less than five minutes. I came down and I was faced with that.”
Realising what had happened, Hayley said: “I had no words, there was a moment of pause and silence while I took it in.”
She added: “Bonnie asked if I was mad and I just said I wasn’t happy with them but it’s done now.”
The nursery teacher rushed the kids upstairs for a shower before using cereal boxes to scrape the paint away, which she spent 12 hours trying to remove.
On social media, the picture has racked up 3000 likes, shares and comments.
This story originally appeared in The Sun and has been reproduced with permission