I've Got a WONDERFUL Idea!

@MsJessi (423)
United States
March 19, 2007 7:20pm CST
So today I was setting up the twins and Lili for a movie in the playroom. When I glanced at the wall and notice the colorful border around the entire room from the closet all the way around to the door. :) It's been there for a couple days, but I just decided I didn't see the point in being mad. Normally, I would have freaked and made them wash the walls! But why? Who cares? We're allowed to paint the walls anytime we want!!! So I've decided that we're gonna have a wall coloring party sometime soon! We may see about getting the whole family involved, but I think more than likely we'll do it during the day when they're two big brothers are at school, and the twins and Lili and I need something to do! We've got the white paint in the laundry room to paint over it with if need be...so why Not?
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@foxyfire33 (10007)
• United States
20 Mar 07
In theory it sounds like a lot of fun but what are they going to learn from this? That it's ok to color all over the walls because Mommy can fix it later. It might start out just being in the playroom but soon it'll be in their bedrooms, down the hallway, around the living room, on the kitchen cabinets... I really don't think it'd be such a good idea in the long run. Also like someone else said, white paint doesn't cover very well unless you prime the walls or use multiple coats. If you really want to let them go wild on the walls buy a large roll of white paper, like the kind you wrap packages for shipping in. Tape or tack that onto the walls. Same effect only you can take it down when ever you want to and don't have to deal with the mess of repainting the whole room.
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@MsJessi (423)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Well, they're going to learn that you can have fun with certain things, but there will be rules to learn as well. First of all, I don't keep the crayons, markers, etc. anyplace where they can reach them. Only mommy can get those out for them to use anytime. Unfortunately, they had found 1 crayon mixed in with some toys that got overlooked, but that crayon has been put away now. Also, they will be told continually that they can only color in that room. As far as coloring it goes, I do think that I am going to take the advice of another and get some washable stuff for them to use. I may try your idea too and get some wrap paper type stuff that we can put on the walls for them to color on. That is actually a fantastic idea, and would save a lot of trouble. Thank you!
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@stacyv81 (5904)
• United States
20 Mar 07
I think they'll learn that if you color on the walls, this is the hard work it takes to fix it no matter how much fun it is, it'll get hard after a while, and they'll want to quit, dont let them. Tell them this is what needs to be done when you color on the walls. If you make them finish, maybe they'll think twice next time.
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• United States
20 Mar 07
This sounds like so much fun! I can't wait to have kids! I would get some stencils and markers and go to town with the kids! LOL! I guess I am just a kid at heart.
• Canada
20 Mar 07
if you decide to do it, it can be hard to paint white back over it with out it showing through unless you prime first. i think it's a good idea but look into washable paints and washable crayons and markers. that way it comes off so easily and every couple months or so you can wash the walls and start over. so much easier than painting them.
• Canada
20 Mar 07
I think that is a GREAT idea. I would suggest choosing that one room in the house and making sure they know that they can paint on it only when you are around and only in that room. Children will get so much enjoyment doing that, making their playroom THEIRS as well as mommy time. I have heard of people doing this only with the children's bedrooms.
@Stringbean (1273)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Why not indeed? As long as they realize that this is the only room you want painted. It is a great idea. After all, they are the ones who have to live there. Too often, kids' rooms, kids' clothes, kids' meals, etc. are all patterned after what an adult things is appropriate. Giving them a chance to decide how to decorate their room should give them more of a feeling of having some control over their lives. Have fun.
@stacyv81 (5904)
• United States
20 Mar 07
That makes sense, no need to be mad, just show them the hard work it takes to fix it good idea.