My latest project is a blatant rip-off from Pinterest and the clever folks over at Silhouette America.
But they say imitation is the best form of flattery so I’ll go with it. I got this board for free at the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. It had a coat of paint on it, but nothing a little sanding couldn’t take care of.
Before (dark and dreary):
After (pretty new wood):
Now for the fun part! The stripes from the Pinterest image were what grabbed my eye, so I marked off 6″ increments and taped them off with painter’s tape. I wanted to hang the height chart in the middle of the wall (versus having it rest on the floor) so I opted to start my numbers at 2 feet. (I also figured we wouldn’t care to take a height measurement until the kid could… stand, so 2 feet should be fine.)
I loved the white washed effect of the Pinterest project, so I watered down my white acrylic paint and gradually built it up until it was the right shade. My wash was pretty watery, and as a result it bled under the tape a bit. I could have sanded this down to make for clean lines, but I liked the aged/ rustic effect. Not too perfect.
On the Silhouette America blog she mentioned a vinegar and steel wool stain… intriguing. The exposed wood on my height chart already had a nice age to it (unlike the new wood of her post), but I was curious about the vinegar so decided to experiment.
Like the white wash, the vinegar also seeped through a bit, but that’s the deal with these DIY projects. Expect the unexpected.
I had some number stencils left over from stencilling the stair risers up to the 3rd floor ages ago.
I wanted the stencil on the white stripes so I placed, traced, and painted.
Using a measuring tape, I hashed out each inch and went back over these lines with paint. I finished off the height chart by screwing in two screws on the back and connecting some picture wire.
I wasn’t sure what I would use to actually mark the kids’ height. Writing right on the chart was one possibility, but I was worried it could get a little messy. They used dogtags on the post, but I didn’t love this idea either. I have envelopes of scrabble tiles left over from a craft I made for our wedding 5 years ago, and… ah ha… there were plenty of Es and Os (and Ms for when Martha can stand!). I hot glued a simple eyelet screw on the back of each tile.
Eleanor, for some reason, loves to check her height; Oliver is dubious.
I wrote each of their heights on the back of the scrabble tile (since I’m sure the tiles will get moved around by fidgety little fingers) and tacked in a small nail to hang them on.
Can’t you imagine it with little scrabble tiles inching their way on up?
Update: The scrabble tiles proved too tempting for our band of merry toddlers. I kept finding them strewn around the house so we abandoned this aesthetically tempting idea for the practical and have started writing the kids’ names directly onto the board.
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