Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Writing on a Wall.

I am a total sucker for a cool wall treatment.  You name it, I've tried it.  Stencil, stucco, whitewash, sponge.  I've done them all.  Chalkboard paint?  Tried it, love it.  Magnetic paint?  Pretty cool, too.  

So when I heard about Rust-Oleum's newest addition to the line of awesome paint products I totally need in my life,  I immediately started racking my brain to find a place for it in my home. 

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Rust-Oleum Dry Erase Paint.

My official review?

If you read my previous blog post, you'll see that I've painted an entire wall of my home office with dry erase paint.  And I couldn't be happier with the results.  Here's what I've learned through my experience:
  • There are two parts to the paint, Part A and Part B.  The box containing both cans cost me around $22.oo at Lowe's.  
  • The box says it will cover a 7x7 area.  I didn't measure my wall before I started painting, but I ended up having to run out and buy a second box.  
  • My green wall required a coat of primer and 3 coats of dry erase paint.  If I were to do it again, I would have used 2 coats of primer.
  • Part A and Part B need to be mixed together in order to activate the paint.
  • Once mixed together, the mixture must be used within 2 hours.  So once you've mixed it, there's no storing and hoping to use it later.
  • The paint was easy to use, but much thinner and much more runny than ordinary interior wall paint.  I wish I had kept a better eye on it as it was drying, I noticed quite a bit of drips that I could have fixed had I been looking for them.
  • It has a unique odor.  My husband nailed it when he noted it smelled like masking tape.
  • A craft foam brush worked best for trim work.  Also tried a pad and a brush. The pad created runs, the paint brush left obvious brush marks
  • After painting, the wall needed 2 days of drying time before I could write on it. 
  • The marker erases with a dry eraser but leaves a very slight shadow.  A damp paper towel completely removes all marks.  I may purchase a new eraser and see if that makes a difference.
The box came with very easy, yet thorough directions.  The product was simple to use and my wall was finished quickly.  I am using dry erase markers from an office supply store to write on the wall and they are working great.

I can imagine so many cool uses for this paint other than a wall.  The box has quite a few suggestions but I'd love to see what great ideas you come up with!  I highly recommend you give it a try.  

Happy painting!


  1. That is so cool. Thanks so much for sharing. I live in an apartment I can't paint, but I can think of other uses, too.

  2. I can't get over this. I want to try it!

    I'm actually planning to repaint our house and I've stocked up on paint swatches. But this one beats all of them!


  3. This is so neat! When I have kids, I want to make a fun room using this paint or chalk, etc. How cool! I appreciate you sharing!


  4. Cool! I've been wanting to do the chealkboard paint in the kitchen!!

  5. very cool!

    Have the best Day ever and make some happy memories!

  6. Ooooohhh...So excited I can hardly stand it ~ Can't wait to tackle this idea. I have a great wall in the office.. . lots more room to doodle! A doodle wall! Yay!! Thank you for sharing! ")

  7. That is too cool! I've never seen that before. I love your blog! I'm adding you to my favorites list right now.

    Thanks for visiting my blog too. :)

  8. I LOVE this idea! I finally wrote an "update" post at my blog for all our crafty makeovers: http://mollyleecards.blogspot.com/2009/07/crafty-makeover-participant-updates.html

    Thanks for sharing!


  9. This is great blog! Thanks for sharing your experience with our Dry Erase paint!

    Team Rust-Oleum

  10. Now that it has been a few months, how do you feel about durability? I invested in IdeaPaint, but am looking to find a cheaper option in another area of the house. Is it possible I would be satisfied with the Rustoleum product when so many reviews (amazon) are horrible?

  11. I am also interested in your experience now that a few months have passed. Please share! Are you still happy? did the new eraser help? Do you still need a wet paper towel? Does it still come all the way off with a wet paper towel?