Painting surfaces with chalkboard paint is a popular way to repurpose an old picture frame or even an old cabinet door.
I have been thinking of making the door of an old spice rack into a chalkboard but I have been hesitant to bring that dark color into my sherbet colored kitchen. Enter Martha Stewart's recipe for custom chalkboard paint! It's made by mixing flat-finish latex paint with unsanded tile grout. See the article and recipe here.