Well, almost. The paint is still drying. What once was an (admittedly crazy) idea has now become reality. My baby sister came over tonight to help me turn an idea into reality. Soon this blue tape will be replaced by a border and the white will be covered with places to which I want to travel in 2012:)
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.