They still didn't turn out like I wanted them to.
And they still took forever.
But, they're totally functional if not pretty and I guess at this point, that's the best I can ask for.
*This is where the original idea came from. I never could find the chalkboard spray paint, so I had to buy a quart of paint and paint it on with a brush. I wouldn't recommend doing it that way - it causes tiny grooves that the chalk gets stuck in, making it harder to erase (easily solved by wiping it down with a damp paper towel). I blame it on Beaumont. And the employees at Hobby Lobby who were less than helpful. Maybe they sensed that I am a crafting loser and didn't belong in the store...