I'm a firm believer in using what you have on hand to create what you really want. It's not always the easiest way to go but it's always the cheapest.
About a million years ago, we had some project that left us with a piece of particle board (seen here) and I wanted to have a chalk board for my family. I had chalk board paint but that would look really bad on this type of wood, you couldn't write on it. But I did have was a piece of chalk cloth and a staple gun.
Here is the chalk cloth chalkboard tutorial!!
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