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post #101 of 125
No way. We don't own a home, but even if we did I still wouldn't allow it. He's more than welcome to help decorate his room, hang his pictures, etc.
post #102 of 125
Yes. We have one room that's used as a play room, and in there we have one wall with chalk paint, and the others are white. They can do whatever they please. Grownups do too.
And in our 10.5 yos. room he got to decide (well, of course, his room) and he and his uncle (my younger brother) decorated it with graffiti style writings and pictures.
Whenever they get/want their own rooms, that's theirs. Me and my dear decorate and paint how we please in our room and the rest of the place really, so they can have their art in their room just as they please. (I think I might even let them have curtains it they really wanted them and where old enough to wash them themselves. And I really don't like/want curtains, we don't have any.)
We've never had any problems with any of the other walls being drawn on, bc they have a place for it.
post #103 of 125
My mom allowed me to do this, up until I moved out! I loved it. I had lots of posters and used water colors, markers, etc on my walls. My friends thought it was the coolest thing ever and contributed to it. It was so much fun and I love that she allowed me to do what I wanted. When I moved out, she just painted over with primer and painted it white again...she didn't seem to be especially troubled by having to do that.

I would definitely allow my son to do so when we have our own home (renting with roommates right now), and I can't wait to use chalkboard paint, too.
post #104 of 125
My dd, 20 months at the time, decorated the entire hallway, and parts of the dining room before I got around to scrubbing the crayon scrawl off the walls. Magic Erasers work really well for this. There is no open wall space in my kids room, too much furniture. But if they had the space for it I would let them go for it with washable crayon. We rent, don't own so it has to be easy to remove.
post #105 of 125
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My dd, 20 months at the time, decorated the entire hallway, and parts of the dining room before I got around to scrubbing the crayon scrawl off the walls. Magic Erasers work really well for this. There is no open wall space in my kids room, too much furniture. But if they had the space for it I would let them go for it with washable crayon. We rent, don't own so it has to be easy to remove.
I used a Magic Eraser to get rid of a crayon mark in the kitchen, and while it didn't take off the paint, it did dull the finish and/or leave a dull residue that I couldn't get rid of (I couldn't tell which), so I've never used Magic Erasers on painted surfaces again. This was a couple years ago though -- maybe the newer-formula ones don't have this problem?
post #106 of 125
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Originally Posted by pixiekisses View Post
Yes. We have one room that's used as a play room, and in there we have one wall with chalk paint, and the others are white. They can do whatever they please. Grownups do too.
And in our 10.5 yos. room he got to decide (well, of course, his room) and he and his uncle (my younger brother) decorated it with graffiti style writings and pictures.
Whenever they get/want their own rooms, that's theirs. Me and my dear decorate and paint how we please in our room and the rest of the place really, so they can have their art in their room just as they please. (I think I might even let them have curtains it they really wanted them and where old enough to wash them themselves. And I really don't like/want curtains, we don't have any.)
We've never had any problems with any of the other walls being drawn on, bc they have a place for it.
I love that! My boys shared a room a few years ago and wanted it to be "scary"... so we painted walls and ceiling black (and it only took one coat of paint to cover over it, for the record!), and used glow in the dark paint to make scary pics all over - you look under the bed, and there's eyes looking back; a graveyard with bats and ghosts around the perimeter right above the carpet; spiders and spiderwebs in the corners... it was the awesome-est room evah!!! (And no pics to show for it, sniffle - I don't know why). And when my son wanted it an aquarium room, one coat of purple, blue, aqua, and green each on different walls and the ceiling instantly transformed it. So easy, and so fun. My teenager has an OSU room with black, red, and scarlet... and it too will be a one-coat to cover when he changes his mind. I love letting them have their own custom areas!
post #107 of 125
No. I don't freak out about a mark here or there, but there is plenty of paper available for their art creations.
post #108 of 125
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Originally Posted by limabean View Post
I used a Magic Eraser to get rid of a crayon mark in the kitchen, and while it didn't take off the paint, it did dull the finish and/or leave a dull residue that I couldn't get rid of (I couldn't tell which), so I've never used Magic Erasers on painted surfaces again. This was a couple years ago though -- maybe the newer-formula ones don't have this problem?
hmmm, I don't know the halls in this rental are painted with a matte finish. I wonder if she had drawn in the bathroom with a glossy finish instead if that would have happened.
post #109 of 125
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Originally Posted by SandraS View Post
I love that! My boys shared a room a few years ago and wanted it to be "scary"... so we painted walls and ceiling black (and it only took one coat of paint to cover over it, for the record!), and used glow in the dark paint to make scary pics all over - you look under the bed, and there's eyes looking back; a graveyard with bats and ghosts around the perimeter right above the carpet; spiders and spiderwebs in the corners... it was the awesome-est room evah!!! (And no pics to show for it, sniffle - I don't know why). And when my son wanted it an aquarium room, one coat of purple, blue, aqua, and green each on different walls and the ceiling instantly transformed it. So easy, and so fun. My teenager has an OSU room with black, red, and scarlet... and it too will be a one-coat to cover when he changes his mind. I love letting them have their own custom areas!
Oh, I want a scary room!
I love that too, and it's just a room, no big deal to me but it means so much to them, and easy to change as well.
Our case worker (we're fostering, emergency care) has seen it, and it inspired her to paint her kiddos wall with chalk paint too bc she loved it so much.
(Well, it has actually inspired some friends too.)
post #110 of 125
My DP is a civil engineer. And when plans are updated he saves the old ones for scrap paper. They are large enough to almost cover the entire top of our coffee table. We have a stack of upside down plans on the coffee table and when the page gets full we just tear off a clean sheet. My littlest one, almost 2 loves to draw, and this is a perfect compromise for now.
post #111 of 125
Nope. They have a tremendous amount of art supplies and scrap paper to do their art work. They use that. Plus, we have an entire playroom tricked out for their use including one whole massive wall with floor to ceiling chalk paint so they can color there to their hearts content. Not in their bedrooms, though. If they want to hang their art work there, I am fine with it and help them. Color on the walls...no way!
post #112 of 125
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Originally Posted by SandraS View Post
My boys shared a room a few years ago and wanted it to be "scary"... so we painted walls and ceiling black (and it only took one coat of paint to cover over it, for the record!), and used glow in the dark paint to make scary pics all over - you look under the bed, and there's eyes looking back; a graveyard with bats and ghosts around the perimeter right above the carpet; spiders and spiderwebs in the corners... it was the awesome-est room evah!!!

That rocks! Like Halloween year-round. :
post #113 of 125
Thread Starter 
I must say, I didn't realize that this topic would bring out such strong opinions. It's been interesting reading all the responses!
post #114 of 125
Not his bedroom, but his playroom. Before we moved in (when ds was 5) we had done a lot of renovations but purposely did not redo the playroom at all.
DS has not drawn or stuck stickers anywhere else in the house and he hates graffiti--go figure Oh the stuff people come up with!
post #115 of 125
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Originally Posted by SandraS View Post
I love that! My boys shared a room a few years ago and wanted it to be "scary"... so we painted walls and ceiling black (and it only took one coat of paint to cover over it, for the record!), and used glow in the dark paint to make scary pics all over - you look under the bed, and there's eyes looking back; a graveyard with bats and ghosts around the perimeter right above the carpet; spiders and spiderwebs in the corners... it was the awesome-est room evah!!!
That? is awesome!
post #116 of 125
No way and I'm shocked that other parents would allow it.
post #117 of 125
No
post #118 of 125
Even though I am one who allows it (though my kids don't do it) I had a friend whose kids were colored all over the entire house. I thought it looked extremely trashy. They thought it was allowing healthy exploration. Oh well, to each his own. I never knew this issue could be so divisive!
post #119 of 125
No, I wouldn't allow coloring on the walls but I did paint the top half of my kitchen in my previous house with chalkboard paint. My two oldest were the only two kiddos I had at the time and they loved it. I loved it too because I could write items needed from the store as they popped into my head or phone numbers. My husband and I are currently remodeling/adding on and I want to paint the BOTTOM half of my two little boys' room with chalkboard paint so they can go at it.
post #120 of 125
Not in this lifetime!
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