We've seen a bazillion projects over the last few years that utilize chalkboard paint. Chalkboard paint can be used to make lists or write down dinner menus, or help sort out the family schedule in plain view. You can utilize this material without making your kitchen look like a schoolhouse, too; all you need is a little color.
The team over at Martha Stewart is always doing their best to inspire useful embellishments to your workspace and we love the idea of a colored chalkboard. In this case, it tucks out of the way, but if the cabinet door is left open, you don't see a hanging memo board, it looks simply seamless. Making your own colored chalkboard paint is pretty darn easy, plus it allows you to match it to your cabinets or other colors in the room.