Little DIY, Lotta Jesus!


What better way to celebrate a snow day than a good ole DIY blog post!?

I can hardly believe January is more than half over. This year Connor and I have decided to set very real and challenging goals for ourselves and each other. Health and fitness goals, career goals and originally we talked about teaching our dogs cute tricks, but honestly at this point if we can get them to stop eating our furniture I’ll call that a win for the year! Our bedroom dresser, entry way bench and bar stools have all been victims of puppy teeth. Most importantly, we decided to invest in our spiritual walks. Sure, we pray together and for each other. But have you ever considered investing in intentional talks with your better half/spouse?

Learning to be intentional with our words and with our time takes lots of practice and you’ll probably fail the first few times, but just keep trying because it takes lots of, well…time. To follow Christ is one thing, but do you let him walk beside you each day? Do you know He is enough? Connor and I have decided to invest and trust Christ more this year. We decided to use our marriage and relationships with friends and family to give us leverage in speaking to our hearts on our daily actions of investing in Christ, knowing He is enough.

When Connor and I very first got married and moved in together, I pretty much cleaned out his belongings and brought mine in. But in doing so, I kept a few things I knew would come in handy later. Later is now.

He had a four canvas picture that was just awful and hung in his apartment above a bachelor cocktail table. I took it, hid it in the very back of the closet so he would eventually forget about it and when we moved into our new house back in November I found it while packing. I decided to finally do something with the canvases. I painted them white and created a hand drawn masterpiece!

To achieve this distressed look with one color, simple! Okay first, I painted my canvas white (it’s actually called Wedding Cake by Martha Stewart). Feel free to use whatever color you desire though! Tip: don’t wash out your paintbrush that you used as your color! Wrap in foil and set aside for later!

Next, I just drew on with a pencil what I wanted my canvas to say. If you’re not a master writer (I’m certainly not, I’ve had lots of practice!) you can always print a saying and trace on or use a cricket if you have one. Once I penciled in what I liked I took my famous sharpie and outlined all words in different thicknesses to have more parts stand out and this gives it a little texture too! By the way – this is the perfect time to try out your calligraphy hand! Because if you mess up – just paint over it and try again!

Lastly, I took my paint brush that I saved from earlier and held the canvas right side up and swept the canvas in a horizontal motion to get small amounts of paint over the entire canvas! This is great because it also hides any flaws that might be seen!

As I am reminded to “Be Still..” as a suggestion I can interpret it as a command from God to let him walk beside me, as well as my husband. To know He is enough, as long as we invest.

-My Cedar Chest

Inside the Chest

About Me, decor, diy, Journal

Hi, I’m Meriel. You can call me Mer, or whatever else strikes your fancy. I’m a Nebraska born and raised girl. I’m a coffee enthusiast and self proclaimed professional couponer. In my very near future I hope to own a dog. Has anyone else ever tried to write about themselves? Wow, this is so much harder than I anticipated it to be.

Basically, as a kid I watched my mom parade around garage sales finding the best bargain for an old chair or dresser she could recover or repaint. She has paved the way for my love of decorating and DIYing. They always say moms know best right? So, here I am – wanting to help those who need a few pick me ups on DIY’s. Enjoy!

For my more professional readers:

Hi, I’m Meriel. By day, I’m a 25 year old Pediatric Dental Assistant. My husband and I have been married since June of 2017. He’s a project manager for a commercial construction company all while building homes on the side, honestly he comes in really handy when a new project arises! We enjoy traveling, and sitting on our couch eating kettle popcorn. My decorative style is a mixture of modern farmhouse and rustic. I truly believe Lambs Ear saves lives in all rooms, and plaid too. I started learning Calligraphy about a year ago, I taught myself by many YouTube videos and following Pinterest pages, in which now many signs warm the walls of our home. In my spare time I wander the aisles of Home Goods, Hobby Lobby and Cooper & Co. stirring up ideas for decorating or DIYing. Enjoy!