As you know, I love using Pinterest! I've tried some recipes from it, and it's a great place to get craft or decorating ideas. It was on Pinterest that I found these instructions for making your own chalkboard paint- in any color you want. It's easy- all you need is unsanded grout and acrylic paint in your color of choice. For the cost of the ingredients, it's a LOT cheaper than the jars or cans of pre-made chalkboard paint, and of course, you don't have to settle for one of the colors or shades on the shelf. I chose a pretty, bright green paint (I knew my chalkboard was going in my kitchen, where I use a lot of red and green) for my chalkboard, and I recycled one of the many metal trays that were used as centerpieces at our wedding (which you can get at the Dollar Tree in a range of sizes and shapes).
P.S. Bonus points if you know the name of the shade of blue I'm using as my new font color!