Yesterday I was at a friend's house and saw that she had just painted one of the outside faces of her cabinets with chalkboard paint. I love it and think it's a great idea. In a house with three kids, why not have extra space to write notes and an outlet for their creativity? She said she worried that if she ever sold the house someone might not like it. I said, big deal. It's your house now. Enjoy it, make it useful to you, and take a daring step now and then.
I am now a stay at home mom but in my former life I was a French teacher--I have my B.A., M.A., and A.B.D. (next step to Ph.D. in French literature). I love teaching and miss it but in the meantime I am enjoying operating a part-time home organizing and design business. Contact me for more info if you are interested!