My day job as a Realtor®-Salesperson in SOMa, NJ, is hectic, as is mothering three children, so incorporating manageable, doable DIY is an important creative outlet for me.

Taking on a fun project that makes my children happy, such as a magnetic chalkboard wall, or adds beauty, like my kitchen chairs refinished in Annie Sloane paint, or adds a cool statement piece, such as my outdoor bar cart, gives me such a sense of accomplishment.  Especially when I get great results and only spent a few dollars.

Not everything goes perfectly and mistakes are made. It’s all documented here.

Four Chairs and a Pot of Annie Sloan Paint

When we bought our first home, my parents gave us their kitchen table, a dark-wood, colonial type.I grew up with that table, just like my kids are – hours of homework, family meals,arts and craft projects, telephone chats with my girlfriends, coffee conversations with my nana and aunties – it even saw my mother’s friends enjoy their smokes. (It was 1

A pot of Annie Sloan paint in "Pure White".

A pot of Annie Sloan paint in “Pure White”.

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A Ballet Barre as Installation Art, A Young Ballerino Finds His Special Place

Natural Elements Meets Industrial Design

If you’re Linda Beck of South Orange NJ, you’re at home in natural environs where the simplest of scavenger hunts can turn up the most wondrous of objects. Like endless searches for skeletal treasures, find remnants of a wild life lived in Virginia’s foothills. Or when frequent visits to the local duck pond at Flood’s Hill seal a lifelong friendship with the ancient snapping turtle who holds court there.

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An Outdoor Bar Cart for Your Fine Lawn Party and Boozy Needs

GOAL: Makeover a rusty mid-century modern three-tiered shelving unit on two wheels into an elegant outdoor bar cart for my stone patio.

On our last moving run from our South Orange house house to our Maplewood house, we thought we finally got everything. We were wrong – my husband forgot my grandmother’s mid-century modern metal bar cart. And it’s not like you can go back after closing and say,

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Magnetic Chalkboard Wall

GOAL: Create a large chalkboard wall to display the loads of artwork created by my three kids – all at the same time.

Admittedly, this is gonna be a difficult and somewhat time-consuming project. It will take at least an entire weekend. If you’re like us, you have pile of artwork created by your kids and no place to hang it. Well, actually I have come up with other ways to showcase their works (i.e.

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How to Paint a Bistro Set in Bright Yellow and Blue

GOAL: To paint a bistro set that is peeling and chipping and turn it into a fun and colorful addition to my kid’s outdoor play area.

My kids love playing outdoors and feeding them where they play in the great doors makes clean up 10X easier! Who cares about crumbs?!? I found a metal bistro set for eight dollars at a local estate sale.

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