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Remember when you were a kid, and you wrote with marker on the wall, and you were sent to your room without dessert or TV that night? Well, now you can write on your wall and eat your cake, too. 

In the image here it looks like I've ruined my office walls. But all that bright marker scribble totally wipes off! It's a miracle.

It's all made possible through the magic of dry erase paint. This product has been out for a little while and has been popularized in creative offices where, I guess it's assumed, Millennials really wanna be writin' on the walls. 

I held back at first because I don't like the whitey-white look of whiteboards. But then I discovered a clear version, which means you can turn any color wall into a dry erase surface, and I decided to take the plunge.

If you try it, here are some things to keep in mind:

1. If your surface is not perfectly smooth or painted in something glossy, you will need to prime it first. In other words, if you don't have anything but the average household wall painted with flat paint, you will need to prime it first! Otherwise, your wall will be thirsty for this stuff. 

2. I suspect that even if you do prime it, you'll need more paint than you think. I used Rust-Oleum's Kit and needed to run back to the store for another one (the store in this case being Home Depot, because I live in the sticks, and that's what we've got). 

3. The product I used claimed to be low-VOC, but it definitely needed to be well-ventilated for at least 12 hours afterward. Note that there's a "curing" time as well, so don't go writing on your walls just because you think it's dry. It needs several days first.

4. Even though it's clear, it does darken the overall hue of the wall. So it will no longer 100% match the surrounding walls.

5. Just like a regular whiteboard, and a chalkboard for that matter, your wall will not look like a perfectly clean wall again after this. I almost bought some whiteboard cleaner, but then I read in the comment section for the product on Amazon that plain old rubbing alcohol is best for removing the worst of the marker detritus. 

6. I used a foam roller but cut in with a regular brush. Someone at Home Depot might suggest a foam brush, and they will be steering you down a path toward foam brush hell. Don't listen.

So there you have it. I painted a dormer wall and a regular wall, as in the pics below, and I love the write-on-the-walls freedom this gives me to plot out my novel, draw cover options, schedule out my life, and more. Happy dry-erasing!

*I have not received any endorsements from Rust-Oleum or Home Depot for this post. Yet.

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