I came home from Girl's Camp last year to a nice surprise from my hubby. He had painted/installed a chalk board in our kitchen. He went out and bought the chalk board paint, measured it out and added a trim. The trim was left over from when our house was built, so it matched-but I just had to add my own personal touch. I started by taping off the trim and adding newspaper for any over spray.
I used a nice off-white spray paint I got at a garage sale for 50 cents. Gotta love garage sales. I think it took 2-3 light coats. Once it was nice and dry, I sanded it around the edges to give it a nice worn look. Then I took some brown Ralph Lauren glaze and dry brushed it on. Before it dried, I wiped away the glaze with a different dry cloth.
Now, don't you think it went from drab to fab?
Before & After