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It's a nightmare scenario - finding that your creative toddler has taken a turn at home improvements by scribbling all over the wall in your front room! While it's important to instill the discipline that crayons, pencils and pens are for use on paper only, why not give your little one's a wall that they can scribble and draw on with chalks?
Blackboard paint can turn almost any surface into a blackboard. You can create a blackboard in your toddler's bedroom, or paint cupboard doors or the side of a cabinet or wardrobe. Even inset panels in a door can be turned into a blackboard. If you're nervous about having chalks used inside, you can create a blackboard outside using any available flat surface.
Blackboard paint can be purchased from most hardware stores. Traditionally, as its name implies, it comes in black! Other colors are available from more specialist stores, or online - look for 'chalkwall paint'. You'll need to prime your surface first if it is at all glossy or an oil based finished (such as a glossed door, laminate furniture or over vinyl wallpaper). Apply a coat of primer, then when that's dry, start applying your blackboard paint. You'll need several coats - we'd recommend at least three, but read the paint tin for the manufacturer's own recommendation as paints vary in their consistency. It will take two or three days from start to the point where everything is dry and ready to use, but once installed, your kids will have a canvas that they can be creative with whenever they wish!
When it gets really stained with light chalk dust, wash it down, apply another coat of paint, and it'll look as good as new again.