There’s something magical about the artistic juices a slate or chalkboard and a handful of colored chalk inspires in people. We found a slate chalkboard abandoned on a curb at twenty third and Lex in Manhattan in 1983 that we have used as a coffee table, dining table and kitchen chalkboard - painting other surfaces (walls and chairs) with chalkboard paint to match. Our country dining room serves double duty as home to our library and record collection. We found the old graffiti-carved school chairs at our favorite junk monger, and built the table from the oak beams we pulled out to vault our ceiling. A chalkboard - in Hudson Paint's rayogram grey - seemed like a natural. We use it as an ever-changing art display and occasional party menu.