A blackboard cupboard is a cheap and effective way to capture family creativity. Apply blackboard paint to storage units and you have an instant chalkboard for scribbles and pictures. Paint a whole cupboard or just sections of it, depending on aesthetics and requirements.
A storage unit; White knight chalkboard paint (can or aerosol), from Bunnings Warehouse;
primer; sandpaper; paintbrush or roller; mineral turpentine.
Clean the surface of the wood or metal and sand smooth. You may need to prime the surface; if you are unsure, ask at your hardware store and apply primer as per instructions, if necessary. Stir the paint for at least five minutes before use (and do so periodically during the painting process). With a brush or roller, apply the first coat, using turps to mop up any mistakes. Allow to dry for 16 hours (paint) or two hours (aerosol) before applying a second coat. Leave for at least 24 hours before using.