Chalkboard paint by the refrigerator

Photograph by Boris Breuer, styling by Allison Reynolds

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A stainless-steel refrigerator is surrounded by cabinets painted with blackboard paint, and Jane and Darko draw chalk pictures to remind themselves where they've stored things. Their wine "cellar" is over the fridge, and they use chalk to list what they have in stock. "We write down only the bottles that we don't plan to drink right away," she says. "Otherwise, we would be updating the list every night."

The couple always knows which cabinet holds seltzer or sugar. Jane and Darko painted the cupboards around their Frigidaire with Benjamin Moore Studio Finishes chalkboard paint, at $11.99 a quart, and then had fun drawing their own pictures. "The paint can says 'black,' but it dries a deep charcoal gray," says Jane, who used two coats. "Don't use primer," she adds. And make sure the cabinet isn't too smooth or glossy. "It needs a little tooth to it."
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