On three different occassions I have seen a DIY growth chart made from a bit of paint and a piece of wood. And on all three occasions, the owner of the growth chart pointed to the craftastic wall decor and said one word….Pinterest. So I figure since our winter edition of the Pinterest Challenge (where we have one big party of pin it and spin it!) was pint-sized with Will, Clara and Weston doing our big….err….little? announcement…then it was only appropriate to do something kid-centric. But first – the inspiration…
If you go on Pinterest, there are TONS of different ways to paint what looks like an oversized ruler. I loved all the creativity that you can have with this project. The ones above are from The Creative Imperative, 517 Creations, and Cupcakes & Crinolines.
And here are ones by Cozy, Cottage, Cute and Design, Dining and Diapers and last but not least, Silhouette the blog. You can really personalize this to make it your own with a little font change and paint design for the front.
But you may believe that I was the one completing this Pinterest Challenge. Oh no. Nonono. I figured that if Will was gonna steal my thunder in the PC announcement video with that sweet little voice and some tiger growls and a politicians ‘Good Luck’ thrown in for good measure….well, he would be doing this project himself. I would be there for management. MICRO-management 🙂
He started off with a 1x6x6 poplar board from Lowe’s. It was $16 I believe. Then he sanded it down with 100 grit sandpaper, followed by 220 grit. I love my new sander by the way – it produces very little dust and the clips hold the sandpaper in place….unlike our last one that kicked the bucket after we tried to McGyver it back to functionality.
Then he cleaned it off.
Then came time for staining. I recommend that you use a well ventilated area for staining. We opened our garage and had the box fan going.
Then he got to staining…he used MinWax’s Dark Walnut. It’s best to do it in long strokes with the grain and let it soak in for a few minutes before wiping off the excess. This is like a diaper change – Don’t forget the sides and tops and bottoms too.
Here is the final stained board. Yummy.
Then came time for measuring the placement of Goliath’s ruler….I…I mean, Will simply leaned a yard stick against the wall to see where bottom should be…I wanted it to hang a little over the trim so 9.5 inches was perfect.
Then came the marking of the feet on the ruler. The board simply starts at 9.5″ and we marked the 12″ and 24″, etc..
I think someone got a little Frog Tape happy.
Okay…so the perpindicular lines that would go all the way across the boards marked the feet. The parallel tape was to help mark the inches. Then I just distributed a little acrylic paint for the markage to begin.
Here is how Will marked the inches. It helps to do little pencil marks and then just go over it with a bit of paint and a straightedge.
Now it was time to stencil the numbers…
Will did a fine job cutting them out with an X-acto. And apparently the pultry cutting board is the best one. Don’t lick these numbers, they could be contaminated.
Weston decided to contribute by laying the numbers out.
A little white paint in the numbers was really really easy.
And some numbers required a little fixing…like the ones with the center solids…
A little white paint fixed those too. My Will – what a large hand you have!
Then came hanging it. The measuring stick came out to make sure we had it hung at the correct height from the floor.
Jeremy is always the one in charge of the bolting things to the wall. He swears by these heavy duty toggle bolts…I think he would probably bolt a piece of construction paper to the wall…he’s all about things not falling.
We kinda like our kids and don’t want them to get smacked in the head with a board. We’ll save that for when they are teenagers 🙂
So here’s the final product…
I love the fact that it’s right before you get to the ‘kid rooms’. It’s actually in the hall right outside our room and the two doors you see on your right are Will’s and Weston’s future room.
Oh and I can not tell you how excited Will was to stand next to his creation. We are big fans of letting our boys participate in home renovation projects but sometimes it’s just possible (because of fumes or danger or whatnot) and this one was a hit because he did get to do a few different things to help out. Err….I mean, he did it totally himself 🙂
We marked his height and the day (yes, these photos were taken this morning because I am sick in bed and was lazy).
Cute! I mean that about both the growth chart and the kid 🙂
And now for the best part of this Pinterest Challenge! The sharing!
Please check out the projects from the other cohosts…
Megan from The Remodeled Life
Sherry from Young House Love
Michelle from Decor & The Dog
I’m sure they all have mad git-er-done skills….can’t wait to see what they tackled! And now for some details before we get to see YOUR projects…Just as a reminder, Pinterest doesn’t know about this challenge (or endorse, sponsor, etc.)…they just simply supply the place for the awesome to gather.
Also, I’d love to see your projects if you played along too so here are the instructions if you are a linky-party newbie…
- click on the blue “Add Your Link” button at the bottom of this post – it has a blue frog head on it add a link to your PC project blog post in the url field (please do not link to your home page) for “name” write a short descriptive name for your project (e.g. “Easter Egg Craft”)
- pretty pretty please remember to link in the body of your post to the original source of the photo on Pinterest as well as back to me and this editions hosts above – it’s just a big ole fashioned linky love fest! Love you forever & thanks.
- If you’d rather just link over to your project in the comment section, feel free to do that – or even add a link to a free photo sharing site like Flickr with your pics if you don’t have a blog (remember to set the gallery to public so we can all see it).
This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.