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How to Make Your DIY Dreams an Affordable Reality

Do you DIY?… We moved into our house about 2 years ago, and it needed a bit of work. First came the property… It’s got some amazingly good stuff, like a HUMONGO-size 4 bay shop, in ground pool, and big field out back. But it had a lot of amazingly bad stuff too – like no irrigation to water that field, a lot of overgrown weeds and brush, and that pool had to be drained, scrubbed, and refilled again after not being used for years. {There were salamanders living in it… Lol.} But now that we’ve got it under control out there – the veggie garden is planted, flowers are blooming, and things are coming along nicely – it’s been time to tackle the inside of the house. We’re about halfway through a Master Bedroom remodel, planning to redo the Master Bath too, will be fixing up the laundry room, AND a crazy-fun redecorating project for Abby’s new playroom. But, I’m on a budget, and am always looking for creative inspiration to help make my DIY dreams an affordable reality…

Enter Hometalk – Making DIY Dreams an Affordable Reality

I’m sure that most of you have heard of a little site called Pinterest, right? {You can see what a pinning-junkie I am here.} Well, I have another site to introduce you to that you will love too – Hometalk. What is it? Well, a big overview is that it’s filled with some of the same things you love about Pinterest – awesome photos, great tutorials and tips, and links to learn more about any project you’re intrigued by. What’s different – and better, when you’re planning DIY – is that it’s focused on just crafts, remodeling and redecorating, gardening, and clever ways to reuse things you already have. I find SO many ideas here that save me tons of money – from using pallets to build new patio furniture, creative outdoor planters from throw away materials, or super smart ways to do DIY projects with inexpensive materials I never would have thought of!

mirror makeover before and after

Get DIY Inspiration to upgrade your home on your budget

Here’s an example of one of my own projects that I shared on Hometalk… My Wayfair Mirror Makeover. You can read the DIY mirror makeover tutorial post on my blog, and see my Hometalk post about it too. Here are a few more ways you can use Hometalk:

  • Post a project: If you’re a blogger, this is a great way to promote your own DIY project posts, since you get to include a link back to your blog. If you’re not a blogger – it’s still a super fun way to show off your amazing work by sharing photos and step-by-step instructions on the fun projects that you’re proud of.
  • Ask questions: Anyone can use this feature – and it is one of my favorite parts of the site! Have a project you can’t quite figure out how to finish up? Want opinions on colors/textures/patters? Need help with a new technique? Trying to choose the right product – paint, gear, brushes, tools, and want to be sure you get the most bang for your buck? Ask away, and the community on Hometalk will help you out!
  • Save inspiration: Just like Pinterest, you can save projects, tutorials, ideas and more onto your own boards, to come back to later on. This helps SO much when planning specific rooms or projects.

Sounds awesome, right? And – it’s totally free, super simple to get started with, and a fun way to connect and socialize with other like-minded DIY’ers! {Read the FAQ’s here for more info.}

Join me on Hometalk!

I’d love to have you join my community on Hometalk – Just click the button above, or click here – Meagan Paullin on Hometalk – to follow me there. I’ll follow everyone back too – I’m so loving this site, and it’s always more fun with friends, right?




  1. Great tips!! I love the before & after!!

  2. I adore HomeTalk! I receive their newsletters, and although I don’t have my own home (I live in an apartment), I still find the best DIY ideas there. Good luck with your home.. sounds like it’s coming along nicely!

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