When the folks at Rust-Oleum asked if I would participate in their Paint It Pink challenge this month, I have to admit….my first thought was “Dude I have boys. What on earth am I going to paint pink?” But then I remembered that their challenge is to bring awareness to breast cancer. And breast cancer affects ALL PEOPLE. Even males get breast cancer. And I have sisters, nieces, aunts, friends, family and even you, my virtual friends who may be faced with this horrible disease one day (or maybe you are struggling with it right now!) and I would never want to turn down the opportunity to support these loved ones – especially if all it meant was painting something the color of the month!
I hope you join me.
I sincerely do.
Because this is an awesome cause and it’s super easy to make a difference. All you have to do is create a pink project….it doesn’t matter the size or time or WHAT….paint something pink….then just share it on social media with the #PaintItPink hashtag…..EVERY SINGLE PROJECT THAT IS POSTED = $10 donated by Rust-Oleum to Bright Pink (a non-profit orginazation dedicated to early detection of breast and ovarian cancer!)
I decided to make a growth chart. I have made one in the past and this time I wanted to make one for my little niece Isla. We call her Yaya. She is just the sweetest little thing I ever saw and the thought of her possibly struggling with breast or ovarian cancer was suffocating. She is only one year old! And I definitely want to see her grow to a ripe old age!
The process to make this is super simple. First get a 1×6 board and trace some small scallops on one side. Originally I did both sides and it wasn’t as cute as I hoped.
After you trace evenly, you may need to trim some off the bottom of the board. See how the little paint cans don’t reach the bottom of the board? I just created a straight line there and chopped off the excess.
You can make the scallops easily with a jigsaw.
Then sand the entire thing down. I used regular sandpaper for the curvy areas.
After it is sanded, I applied a coat of Rust-Oleum’s chalk paint in Blush Pink.
Chalk paint distresses really well so I wish that I had made a more ‘shabby chic’ piece but I know that my sister likes the non-distressed look for Isla’s room.
After I painted it, I realized that I had made a really long pink cloud. Or a sausage. Or a really long curling rod. Or an X-rated toy. Ruh-roh. That’s not the look I was going for. I am fairly certain my sister would have died laughing and then hid the gift in the closet. Brainstorm sesh was in order.
We ran it through the table saw and cut off one side to take it back to a growth chart and I think the crisis was diverted.
After I resanded the edges and touched up the paint, I started with the inch marks and then the numbers to indicate height. It helps if you just start at 6 Inches from the bottom (that way you can measure six inches from the floor and mark that and hang the growth chart accordingly!). I used Martha Stewart craft stencils (I think I got these at Michaels) and a metallic gold Painters pen to do all the markings.
After that was dry, I sealed the entire thing with a matte clear coat and waited excitedly for it to dry!
I can not wait to show Nornie and Yaya! It looks so cute!
The boys rushed over and loved it too! All of them knew exactly what it was too! #diesausagecloud
I think it’s the perfect feminine twist on a popular kid’s room decor item. And since I know how much we love our own growth chart, I have a feeling like it will hold sentimental value for them too! Off to go tag this on social media #paintitpink so Rust-Oleum donates the ten bucks. And if you decide to do your own pink project, I would LOVE to see it….just tag me too on Facebook or Instagram so I can ooh-and-aww over all those shades of pink!
Sarah @ onesuchlife says
Very cute, love that color!
jen l says
hi KB thanks for the heads up on this great cause… does it have to be a house project? or can it really be anything? say… pink fingernails? thanks!
Adorable! And I can’t believe I didn’t know Rustoleum has chalked paint now. Love it!
The shade of pink you chose is lovely! It’s totally current with the blush/gold combo, and it doesn’t look baby-ish so hopefully your niece will loving using it well past childhood.
Their long feet slay me! My boys have the same feet!! They take after their mama’s big ole feet lol!
Will looks SO OLD here. Why?!?!?
Your kid can’t get old cause mine is right behind!
This is such a cute project! I love your girly twist on a growth chart. I’ll for sure be making one for my niece as well!
Elizabeth G. says
I LOVE it! The gold lettering looks awesome!
I was thinking – all that work to scallop both sides, then cut off one side… I would have had to walk away and cry for awhile. But it’s a great reminder that sometimes you need to change direction mid-stream and not to get too hung up on having to undo/redo, because the finished product is totally worth it!
Jana H. says
What a beautiful project for such a great cause. I’m off to get some pink paint and find something to paint on!
Any pink project!
Kelly P says
Ummm….when did Will become a teenager?
Katie I would pay good money for that!!!
xo – kb
Love that soft pink! And clearly I’ve been living under a rock, because I had no idea Rustoleum sold chalk paint. And so many color options! Are they all available at the big box stores, or do you have to order them? This discovery may be the kick I needed to paint an old dresser we picked up on the curb.
I feel like you need to do a totem picture, where the tallest stands in the back and shortest in front, before Weston has a growth spurt.
Brendan @ Caztec says
This is such a great idea. You’ve just saved hundreds of door frames and walls around the world from being permanently scarred by parents tracking their children’s height! And the best part is that if/when you move, this chart can come with you.
#diesausagecloud was a great first thing to read this morning. Earl grey about came out of my nose. That look on Weston’s face looking up at Will! Nicely done KB, two of my family members had mastectomy’s this year – great way to support…and with chalk paint no less! 🙂