i painted the chalkboard wall! we used ben moore chalkboard paint - it's a dark gray, almost black - just like a school chalkboard. it's very cool. after we get some chalk up on it, it will lighten out - but i really like the balance of the white kitchen (with future white marble countertops) opposite the blackish wall. plus it will be fun to draw on, and write grocery lists, etc.
here are a few pictures. i'll post more this weekend after we can draw on it! (have to wait 3 days to apply chalk) -
here is the main image that gave us our inspiration (from cottage living), as we're also planning on doing a pantry door on sliding/barn door hardware:
but for some more images of black chalkboard walls like ours check out cottage living; another cool wall from apartment therapy; and more here and here.