DIY: Mod podge a map to a lampshade.I really like the many suggestions for recycling old maps and atlases. You could even concentrate your shade on specific locations that someone likes to personalize the shade for them.
Martha Stewart's recipe for homemade chalk board paint. And in any color! So much cheaper than pre mixed bottles. paint (of any color or type) and some Non-Sanded Tile Grout. simply mix 1 cup of paint and 2 Tablespoons of grout.