Thursday, April 28, 2011

Craft: Growth Chart


First and foremost, I must give credit where credit is due. I got this idea from Lemon Tree Creations. I actually started on this craft before any of the others, but I ran into some set back along the way. So I seen her cute giant growth chart, and thought how perfect that would be for my house as well.


Here's what I started with. We had an extra fence board from fixing the fence after Hurricane Ike. I saw it and I swear the Craft Gods were smiling down on me.


I got my little can of white paint out. I love this stuff because it's low VOC. 


So after the paint dried, I got out my new measuring tape and started marking off. [My daddy gave me one of his measuring tapes, thanks Daddy!] So I knew that I wanted the growth chart to be exactly 3 inches from the floor. The first time I did this, I added 3 inches, rather than subtracting. Whoops! So I had to turn the wood over and start again. I didn't even realize this until the next step. FAIL! lol


So unknowingly, I painted my inches and foot marks. I added my stencils and painted those as well. When I took the stencils off, they looked awful. My husband mentioned that he thought the marks were off by a bit. This is when I discovered that I added the 3 inches. I tried fixing this with the white paint, but no luck there. So I started over like I said.


After having to re-do those steps, I gave up on the stencils. I decided to free hand it all. It's not perfect, but I love how it turned out. I also added a cream wash, pretty much like a white wash, just a cream color. I took some of my cream paint and watered it down. Then I applied it lightly to my board. After it dried, I sanded the whole board to add to the imperfection and give it a "vintage feel".


I sprayed the finished growth chart with this clear enamel spray and let that dry.


The next and very important step is pre-drilling the holes. I measured my board and marked the middle. Then from the bottom up I did the same thing so I had a cross mark to drill. I did this on the top and bottom.


See that pretty ribbon? Well there was a saw mark there and it needed covered up. I then decided my living room would be done in creams and blues. 


I added that same ribbon at the bottom to cover up the screw and make it prettier.


Then I added a cute fabric rosette that I learned how to make from Freckled Laundry. I had some cream scrap fabric and an cheap fake pearl necklace. I cut the "pearls" off the necklace and used one as my center for the rosette.


Here it is all finished with my trusty model, Nick. He's 3'1", he was standing on his tippy toes here. I haven't decided if I'm going to use pictures like Tiffany @ Lemon Tree Creations did, or something else. When I figure it out, I'll let yall know. So that's my craft, and I have a couple more coming today.

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7 comments:

  1. Thanks for linking to mine! Yours turned out cute! Love the fabric rosette! Great touch!

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  2. Thanks Tiffany, and of course. You were my inspiration!

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  3. This is such a simple, but great idea. We have moved quite a bit the last few years, so this would definitely be preferable to marking people's heights on a doorway :). Visiting from Serenity Now.

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  4. This is so useful, I tell you. :)

    Linking this up with us made the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop better and more special. Thank you!

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  5. What a great idea! We've marked our on a doorway, so if we ever move....I guess the doorway will go with us??
    Thanks for linking to Thrifty Thursday! :)

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