A mum-of-three has jokingly threatened to "sell her kids on eBay " after she entered her living room to find they had done a spot of redecorating using a large tub of talcum powder.

Christina Milford-Scott said she had already prepared herself for a day of "chaos" to mark her youngest daughter Celeigh's first birthday - but didn't think her brand new £1,000 sofas would end up falling victim to the excitement.

The 23-year-old left her eldest children, Bronwyn, four, and Sorin, two, to play in the living room while she attempted to get on with some work, but it wasn't long before the duo wandered in "looking white as ghosts".

Bracing herself for what they had left behind, the self-employed nail technician and her husband Jareth went to find the entire living room daubed in white powder, including the carpet, curtains, lamp shade, and the new real leather sofas.

Bronwyn and Sorin were caught red-handed
Bronwyn quickly blamed Sorin for starting the mess

Once the two mischief-makers were bathed to avoid causing any further damage, it took the parents more than two hours to clean up the mayhem they had created in a few short minutes.

Christina, from Hailsham, East Sussex, said: "My heart stopped. I started laughing because when I'm in shock I laugh, but really I was angry. I was livid.

"They have done this before but nothing on this scale. You'd think we learnt our lesson. Third time round talc is finally banned.

"These children are going to drive me insane and I have finally got over the funny thought of selling them on eBay.

Bronwyn and Sorin were caught red-handed
Christina says she is still finding talcum powder despite the clean-up operation afterwards

"It's funny because I have been threatening to sell them on eBay jokingly and now I think it's about time I create the ad."

Christina said she knew it was "going to be one of those days" when she was making her children breakfast and one of them smashed a plate.

After they were fed, the mum left them to play and said she thought she had nothing to worry about as they were making noise and she usually only has cause for concern if they go quiet.

But minutes later she turned her chair to see Bronwyn and Sorin covered head-to-toe in the powder and rushed to wake up her husband before inspecting the damage, knowing what awaited was "going to be bad".

Jareth Milford-Scott
Jareth got kitted out to tackle the mess

"We just walked really slowly into the lounge. I just knew," she said. "This was a 500g tub. Brand new and unopened. It was for the baby and I'd just bought it on Thursday. I left it in one of the bags and they just went through it.

"The first thing I thought of was my leather sofas. They're real leather and you have all the crevices. We've not even had them a couple of months. They've been in storage for the majority of the time."

The mum had the little ones bathed within 10 minutes and got to work on the clean up operation, saying: "I knew they were having fun and they're bored. They're not in school because of lockdown. I didn't want to make a huge scene out of it.

"My hoover doesn't work so we were having to sweep. I said 'right JJ, start from the top and work your way down'.

Christina with Bronwyn and Soren

"It was even on my lampshade and at the top of my curtains. We got the broom and started brushing down our walls, curtains, sofas. We've mopped it four times already and you can still see it.

"It took us just over two hours to clean up and we're still finding things now. I haven't dusted my TV stuff yet - that's still covered. I'm still finding talc in the creases of the sofa."

After a bit of detective work, Bronwyn was quick to give up her sibling, insisting to her mum that "Sorin started it".

One mum wrote: "Ahh you've cheered me up so much, I really thought it was only my kids who owned the ability to trash our house."

And another asked: "Please say it's flour and not Sudocrem? Flour you can clean, Sudocrem you may as well just sell the house."