I think the new fad of having some sort of chalkboard wall/design in your house is AWESOME! There are a couple options in doing it too~ Spray paint or Wall decals.
Spray paint is sold like this & is very inexpensive-
OR....pick out a super cute design!
I even found this cool idea on HGTV!! I'm not sure how they did these, but you could probably buy the spray paint & paint them (any old lamp you want to redo)