Project cost: under $15.00
This project has been on my list to do for a sometime and I finally got around to doing it.
I wanted a nice, sturdy growth chart where I can keep track of the kids height and something that looked good to display in the house. Not something that looks like it belongs in a nursery.
I saw some wood growth charts online, but they all started at $50 and went up in price. I knew that it does not cost that much to make one.
So I went to Home Depot and bought a wooden board. I believe it it 6ft long, 1 inch thick and 10 inches wide. It was around $9.25
The only other two things I bought was a paint pen for around $3.00 (at my grocery store) and a foam brush.
I had stain and polyurethane from the time I refinished my night-stands. But you can get each for around $5 at home depot (for the small container) I used minwax stain in the color special walnut and semi gloss oil based polyurethane. (Which will bring this project for you to around $25.00)
Here is the outcome:
Select your wood. Make sure it is nice and smooth (so you can skip the sanding part) Make sure there are no markings on it.
Stain your wood. I stained it in the garage at night (the kids were in bed)
I did one coat of stain. I left it on all night. In the morning, there were still some patches that didn't dry. So I brought the board into the house and placed it near a vent to finish drying.
I decided to start the chart at 6 inches (so I could hang it 6 inches from the floor)
Use a ruler and pencil to mark off all the inches and feet.
For the numbers, I printed some numbers and cut them out.
I used a pen and traced the number (pressing really hard)
Then remove the paper and you should be able to see the traced number. Then use your paint pen to fill in the numbers and lines.
If you have any number stencils, you can use those. Or you can free hand it.
Seal all your hard work with polyurethane
Step back and enjoy your hard work :)
I went ahead and filled in my kids measurements (from the baby books)
I used a white chalkboard marker.
It doesn't rub off. It will only wipe off if you use water.
Thank you so much for visiting. If you have any questions, please let me know.