I’ve had the urge for quite some time to write on my walls. Literally. This is a bit unconventional, I know. And not usually recommended when renting an apartment.
Lucky for me, I’m not the only one who wants to be able to write on my walls and still get a security deposit back. They make stuff for people like me. You can literally turn your walls into chalkboards. And not just black chalkboards – you can make them “garnet” or “periwinkle.”
So as my sister went to pay for her Christmas tree at Home Depot last night, I said, “I’m heading off to the paint section.” She knew why I was going. Meg is the sister that doesn’t judge. Yes, she thinks I’m crazy. But she gets a kick out of it, so I let her in on my ideas.
I’m not one to pretend I have any clue where to find anything in Home Depot. I’m a woman. I have no problem asking for directions. So I found the guy in charge of the paint section. “Can I help you find something?” he asked. “Yeah – I want to be able to write on my walls. Do you guys have the stuff that turns your walls into chalkboards?” Guess what? He knew exactly what I was talking about. As he led me down the aisle I asked, “Or are there any other options for writing on my walls?”
“Actually,” he said, “there’s also this paint that makes your walls into a dry erase board.” “No way!” I said. Maybe he took cues from my sister – he didn’t register any surprise at my excitement.
Now the big question: did I want my wall to become a colored chalkboard or a plain white dry erase board? Thankfully, Meg has no problem expressing her opinions. And as I was trying to decide what to get, I overheard her telling the paint guy she was looking for her sister who wanted to write on her walls. Meg voted for dry erase. I was leaning that way too. I teach a few days a week in an old fashioned school that still uses chalkboards and I can’t stand the chalk on my clothes and fingers.
So I am now the proud owner of a can of this stuff. Meg wants to start painting this weekend. But I have my final paper for my doctorate course due on Monday. So yes, we very well might do it this weekend. If I’m going to procrastinate, I might as well have fun doing it.