Wednesday, September 3, 2014

DIY Growth Chart



Making a growth chart for BH(Baby H) has been on my to-do list for quite sometime.  I finished this a couple months ago however, per the usual, I've waited a long time before sharing pictures.

Back of the Growth Chart





Materials and Tools:
  • X-acto knife
  • Painters tape
  • Paint
  • Foam Brush
  • Stain
  • 1x10 6ft board of any kind (I used Pine)
Quick steps: Stain board (I used Minwax Dark Walnut), mark out measurement tic lines, then apply painters tape and cut out lines with x-acto knife.

How I Painted:  

 I saw the below quote somewhere on pinterest and thought it was fitting for a growth chart.  I used picmonkey to create this.
 


After I put a layer of painters tape on the board I used a temporary spray adhesive to mount the quote. 
 
  

I had to cut/tape the quote and border separate.  Again, this was done using an x-acto knife.  I used the same method for the numbers on the front of the board (used pic monkey to blow up numbers as well).

This is the EcuyerDAX font on Picmonkey
After the paint dried I added two coats of Polycrylic with a foam brush.  Easy peasy folks!  You can do this!  Although cutting the words/pattern out this way is time consuming, I've been really happy with the results.  I recently finished painting a really detailed design on cornhole boards using this  method and it was worth the extra effort.




The board is currently resting against the wall in BH's room.  I haven't come up with a great way to mount it because it needs to be on the floor for correct measurements, but the baseboards get in the way of mounting it flush with the wall. 

Now I just have to try and remember to measure him more frequently then I have been :-)