Hey Guys! Jess here sharing with you a project Tiffany and I did a couple of years ago. It’s an oldie but a goodie. I’m sure any of you that have ever searched on Pinterest has seen this awesome Growth Chart. Sure you could buy one at Pottery Barn for around $99 bucks, but who wants to spend that kind of money…not us! Oh and did I mention that the one I made was FREE, yep that magic word Tiffany loves so much 😉 The two pictured above are the ones we made a couple of years ago. Tiffany chose to paint hers white and distress it while I chose to just stain mine, Provincial of course!
So all you need material wise is a 1 by something board that is longer than 5 feet. I prefer a 1×6 at least because you want to have plenty of room to mark all those heights throughout the years. You also need sand paper, a paint marker, painters charcoal, a ruler, a printer or stencil for the numbers and Polyurathane.
First I always give any project a light sanding. For this project I went out back to my wood collection and found a board that was perfect. It was worn and had some lettering on it from shipping. I didn’t want to sand off the lettering so I used 120 grit sand paper on my Dewalt palm sander. I went over it just enough to take the roughness off. Next I brought it in the house to paint. Yes I wish I had a handy work bench to do all my projects…Hint Hint Kyle…but moving on.
Now for the paint. Tiffany and I discovered that you can buy paint markers from any craft or big box store out there for pretty cheap. I usually get them on sale from Jo Anns or from Menards. They come in all different colors and thickness’ and usually go for a couple of bucks. I had a white paint marker so that’s what I chose for this project. Using my ruler I made inch marks and foot marks on my board to copy the look of a real ruler. I went over this a couple of times with my paint marker until the desired look was created. Next I got on my computer and printed out numbers 1-7. You can get creative here with whatever font you want, but I chose Times New Roman. I really want to invest in a Cricut because that would make this part really easy. Tiffany used one on her farmhouse sign post if you want to check that out. I do the numbering the hard way. I essentially make a rubbing using the charcoal on the back of the number and tracing the number onto the board.
So I know what your thinking! I love this, I want this, I have to have this…well I have a surprise for you. This awesome growth chart can be all yours! Tiffany and I are having a couple of giveaways this month. Here’s the rules:
- You must be local, Not shipping a 7′ board
- Go to our Instagram, follow us and Like this post
- Then tag 3 friends in the comment section
The winner will be picked at random and announced on Thursday evening.