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Do you have a funny tale of household horror? What terrible things have your DCs done to your home when your back was turned? Tell Valspar and you could win a £300 Love2Shop voucher!- NOW CLOSED

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AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 19-Feb-16 15:51:08

Have you ever turned your back for what seemed like seconds only to return to a pencil/crayon ‘work of art’ on your newly painted walls? Has there ever been an ‘incident’ involving a TV and a football? Have your children ever wreaked havoc with an unguarded tin of paint? If so, Valspar wants to know.

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So, what are the most awful, or funniest, things that your children have done to your house while your back was turned? Whether the crime was big or small, Valspar would love to hear your stories.

Everyone who adds a comment to this thread will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will receive a £300 Love2Shop voucher.

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GetKnitted Sat 20-Feb-16 23:22:29

DS2 is going through a phase of writing on Everything, pen all over the (once) cream sofa and chairs, (think jackson pollack) , also writing on the walls of the whole house (up to a height of 3 feet of course), wallpaper down the stairs scraped free of texture...... we do need to decorate!

LucyBo17 Sun 21-Feb-16 06:31:47

I don't want to tempt fate and say that we've not had a major disasters yet but then my son is only just 2 so there is plenty of time

bobble5366 Sun 21-Feb-16 07:38:01

My son, age 5 at the time. was learning about rainbows at school, he asked me if he could draw a rainbow with his pens, then the quiet period started, I was loving the peace (silly me, should have thought silence means mischief). We had a 'beautiful' rainbow in my hallway, I tried not be be too cross as he has asked, but the next day the storm cloud and black rain coming from it was just too much!! Luckily I had some paint left from when I decorated to cover the masterpiece!.

TracyKNixon Sun 21-Feb-16 07:43:55

No major disasters yet - touch wood. I think the worse one of my children has done is spilled ribena on the carpet - and a rug now hugs that stain!

Chelsea26 Sun 21-Feb-16 07:49:01

Nutella everywhere - it was horrendous to clean up! to make it worse they don't even like Nutella

glenka Sun 21-Feb-16 07:54:25

I found my little one spraying all of her cuddly toys with my Chanel No5 perfume. I couldn't get cross though because she said she was only doing it so they smelled nice like me and that they would always smell like me even if I was away at work.

happysouls Sun 21-Feb-16 08:07:24

Trying to think back to incidents all those years ago and thinking that whatever happens your first instinct is to get a photo because horror it might be but its also part of childhood and pretty funny mostly! I have nothing major, my son got hold of a huge tub of moisturiser and managed to smear it all over himself and a mattress he was sitting on at the time. Shame there were no sheets to protect it as it took a while to clean up! I also have a photo of him caught in the act of tipping a box of cornflakes all over the floor. These things are so lovely to look back at haha!

maryandbuzz1 Sun 21-Feb-16 08:15:59

Turning the bath on with the plug in. The first I knew of it was water dripping on the cats head who was sleeping in his basket directly below!

jt75 Sun 21-Feb-16 08:20:46

Tossed flour all over the kitchen. Not once but twice.

pusinky Sun 21-Feb-16 08:22:02

Nothing major but they do like to draw on the walls as soon as I turn my back.

Lovewhereilive Sun 21-Feb-16 08:32:53

Drew pictures on their walls and on furniture.

DS1 also found a stamp I use and stamped my name and tel no all over his bed and one of my picture frames.

missserendipity Sun 21-Feb-16 08:35:33

ooh there are so many to choose from regarding my twin boys who are now 9! The one that springs to mind is when they were 3 and we returned from the DIY store with some paint, I put it in the hallway and ran upstairs to the loo as soon as we were back. I do not know to this day how they opened it but they thought they would help by painting my hallway rug...with their hands!! Not just the rug I might add, it was EVERYWHERE, including on them and the dog!!!

liamell Sun 21-Feb-16 08:36:34

My eldest son who was aged 5 at the time managed to make Tomato Ketchup handprints all over my living room wall. The greasy marks underneath looked wonderful, as you can imagine.

My daughter went through a phase of drawing love hearts on walls, behind furniture, windowsills and all over my solid oak headboard!

Now at the time I think I was quite infuriated, but actually now when I look at those love hearts on my headboard years later I smile every time.

OhHolyFuck Sun 21-Feb-16 08:39:21

Ds2 has broken 3 TVs in 6 months, running at them full pelt and hitting them...

wulfy1010 Sun 21-Feb-16 08:41:50

The wall behind the sofa was turned into a toddler art gallery for several weeks before we noticed smile

AnnaGrant Sun 21-Feb-16 08:49:06

I left my 1yr old in their room for one minute whilst I wee'd. In that minute she managed to empty every single one of her drawers, all over the floor. We had a similar cereal experience a few weeks later - was finding Rice Krispies for bloody weeks.

Noeuf Sun 21-Feb-16 08:50:06

Just after I'd painted all the woodwork with gloss, ds1 wandered in and tripped - carrying a full bowl of cocopops. It took hours to remedy.

rhinosuze Sun 21-Feb-16 08:56:09

I've had a lovely (!) drawing of a pig (apparently) on the living room wall but the worst was when we were having downstairs painted and the decorator left a ton of paint out whilst going to his van - my little one came in from the garden, found it and 'painted' a stripe on dad's tv which we didn't discover until we took the sheet off. It's amazing what they can do if you think about it!!

NoAdventureNoTime Sun 21-Feb-16 08:58:13

Ds1 four at the time went through a stage of writing his name quite small everywhere, on the walls, the banister on his arms, his brother. After all pens were finally banished he then deeply scraped his name using God knows what into the woodwork then blamed his 1 year old brother hmm

janeyf1 Sun 21-Feb-16 09:08:02

My DS drew over her bedroom wall and it would not come off afterwards! I was not happy as it had only recently been decorated

darkwarrior Sun 21-Feb-16 09:08:05

Pulled the handbrake off on the car while I was moving shopping into the house, so the car rolled down the drive and destroyed the garage door.

dannykapur Sun 21-Feb-16 09:08:42

My 2 DC's thought it would be funny to take the cake batter I had made and throw it onto our newly painted white walls so that it would look like someone had 'pooed' on the walls. ( This happened while I was in the loo!). When I asked, who had done that, I was told that a bird had flown into the house and made the mess!

Chopstheduck Sun 21-Feb-16 09:10:16

We've def had the tin of paint one! With twins, it's so easy for one to get up to mischief while you're distracted by the other. DT2 managed to tip a 5l tin of dark blue paint all over the patio, then put paint prints on all the doorways back into the house. No idea how he got the lid off, as it was a brand new tin and fixed on fast!

Then there was the time he let the handbrake off of a courtesy car and it rolled off the drive...

Mozarmstrong Sun 21-Feb-16 09:11:36

When she had chickenpox found her behind setter rubbing all embossed pattern off wallpaper as she moved along rubbing her back to stop her scratching with her hands

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