I knew before we bought the house, I needed some changes made to have a workable kitchen.
First, I needed a wall re-installed between the front room and the kitchen. Someone had taken it down and anyone coming to the front door could immediately see everything on the main level. And I hated the idea of sitting at a kitchen table mere centimeters away from my couch and in plain view! So the wall went back up and that left us with a small awkward corner on the kitchen side.
But it was just perfect for a swedish put it together yourself using pictograms pantry closet. It was just a plain white plastic box with shelves - we added more! I took an $8 can of blackboard paint, and painted a large rectangle with a foam brush. Three coats later...I have a very workable blackboard for menu plans, grocery lists, important things to remember etc. After ~ 18 months, I may recoat the black...from the same can. Talk about bang for your buck!