project there was a lot of reason to
move quickly: the bathroom wouldn't be usable while I was working on
it, and the back bedroom was full of construction stuff. Once I got
to the stage where the only thing left to do was plaster and paint the
hallway, however, it was less of a priority. So we spent May-November
with unfinished walls.
Since we were going to paint them at some point, one afternoon I thought it
would be fun to draw on them with the kids. We got out the markers and drew
lots of different things. I emphasized that it was only these walls we could
draw on, which is the kind of rule the kids do well with.
A couple days later they drew on the walls again, but this time with crayon.
Crayon, being wax-based, is not a good layer to have under paint. I hadn't
thought to tell them not to use them, and they didn't have a way to know, but I
was annoyed at myself. I got most of it off with hot water and a cloth, and
then when it came to do the plastering I put a skim coat over it.
Later on a friend wanted help preparing for a coding interview, so we
used the wall as a whiteboard:
One thing I hadn't considered was that you need more primer over dark
marker than plain drywall. As with "no crayon under paint" this seems
like it should have been obvious, and something I should have thought
about before letting them draw on a large area of the wall, but it
wasn't and I didn't, so Julia ended up spending longer painting and
priming than we'd been thinking.
And then, the evening after all that painting, Anna took a marker over
to the nice new clean white wall and started drawing. We hadn't told
her that the wall was no longer ok for drawing, and at 3y "now that
the wall is painted drawing isn't ok" is not the sort of thing I
should be expecting her to know on her own. Luckily the marker was
washable, so it wasn't too bad.
Overall this was more work than I was expecting, and probably wasn't
worth it for the fun, at least not the way we did it. If I did it
again I'd make sure they didn't use crayon, and either give them light
colored markers or pick a smaller section of the wall for them to play
Sounds like a sales pitch for whiteboard wallpaper :)