Vintage Chair Makeover with Chalk Paint


Hi everyone, this is Jen from Girl in the Garage and I'm thrilled to be sharing my first contributor post on The Happier Homemaker. (Thanks again Melissa!) My favorite kind of DIY project is furniture makeovers. I love taking a piece from the often old/ugly "before" to the awesome "after!" You can see my complete project gallery HERE. My sweet … [Read more...]

How to Remove Paint Easily from Hardware

painted hardware

Do you watch Rehab Addict on the DIY Network?  It's my new favorite show, I mean I'm seriously addicted! On the show Nicole Curtis meticulously restore old homes true to their period details, I love it.  It's one of the very few shows both my hubby and I watch together, it's our dream to one day restore and old home! Well, a few weeks ago I was … [Read more...]

Valentines Sewn Paper Garland Tutorial & A Special Request

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I hadn't planned on posting any Valentine's projects until next week but this past Monday I saw this blog post from a blogger with a very, very sick 5 year old daughter who is in the last days of her life. It was heartbreaking to read and I can't even begin to imagine what this family is going through. The family did have one request though, … [Read more...]

DIY Hand Soap Gift

diy handsoap gift in a mason jar

Have you noticed that I've been sharing a lot of gift ideas lately? This one was actually my husband's idea-he asked me a while back if there was a way to make our own DIY hand soap so I started doing research to figure out how to do it.  There were a lot of tutorials out there and a lot of different methods but here is how I make … [Read more...]

Halloween “Batty” Coffee Filter Wreath

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Happy Halloween!  Well, almost, right? I'm back with another easy, inexpensive decor project for and their awesome Renter Resources.  This month I was challenged to complete a Halloween project so I made this super cute … [Read more...]

Football Friday! DIY Corn Hole Game

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Happy Football Friday y'all!  This week's post has been a few weeks in the making but I'm so excited to share it now that it's finished! My hubby and I have been hard at work making this DIY Corn Hole game set! With the summer coming to a close we really wanted to have something to keep the family outside on the weekends once we close the … [Read more...]

Fabric Scrap Necklace and Bracelet

Fabric Scrap jewelry

Are you a fabric hoarder? I have a hard time throwing away any bits and scraps I think I might find some use for in the future, even if they crowd my craft room drawers and sit for years. A few months ago I started trying to think of ways to use up those scraps and this is the first way I tried-making a DIY fabric scrap necklace and bracelet … [Read more...]

DIY Summer Wreath and Huge Announcement!

sunflower wreath diy

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Hey y'all! I have a super huge announcement today! I'm so honored to have been asked to be a Brand Ambassador for! I know what you're thinking, the same thing my husband said when I told him, "Melissa, you don't live … [Read more...]

DIY Cedar Raised Garden Bed with Flood Staining Made Simple and Better Backyard Sweepstakes

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Flood® Wood Care for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. So a couple of weeks ago I hauled the boys to Home Depot determined to get the supplies I needed to build my own cedar raised garden bed. I had an hour before meeting some friends for a much needed girl's night so I was a woman on a … [Read more...]