The Writing on the Walls

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.


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Stacey says:

    Hmmmm…. This sounds like a great project. Maybe I’ll start one like it on Christmas Eve or some other equally inconvenient time. I work better under pressure. 🙂

    What are you planning to write on your walls exactly? I’m picturing flowers and quotes from Thoreau more than grocery lists.

    1. Hi Stacey – I’m going to start planning some travel adventures. Mark places I want to go on a map…. then any other thoughts that cross my mind about upcoming travels…quotes, ideas, inspirations, etc.

      I could definitely see you and your family enjoying the writing-on-the-walls idea. If you do it, I’d love to hear how it goes!


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