chalk it up
For only $10 a quart, chalkboard paint will go a long way both materially and creatively. In my old apartment, I painted one wall in the kitchen, which ended up being this fabulous work of art that evolved over time. I've also used it to paint the frame around a mirror to write encouraging statements like, "You look beautiful." Here are a few more ideas. The possibilities are endless...
herb labels via Pinterest
large, beautiful art piece via Middle Child Complex
pantry organization via Wit & Whistle