This is probably one of my favorite projects to date and I’m pretty excited about finally showing it off! Meet my DIY Rustic Growth Chart.
I’ve been wanting to make my own Growth Chart for a long time and I can’t believe it’s finally finished. I’ve had the wood stained for over a month but was lacking inspiration. After browsing through a lot of growth charts, I landed on this one from Cozy. Cottage. Cute. I loved the contrast between the dark stain and the white and the distressed look. And then I stumbled upon this one from The Goods and was really loving the chevron pattern. I used inspiration from both of these charts and created my own version that used both the chevron, rustic flair and white and dark contrast.
I have a confession. This was my very first chevron project. Can you believe it? Where have I been. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it at first, but I’m really happy with the final look.
To continue with the vintage and industrial look, I used Paper Key Tags as a way to document Miss E’s annual height. The nail marks the exact height. I wish I could take credit for this cute idea, but I can’t. I saw it on another chart but can’t find it again! Sorry!
- 1 6ft board
- Minwax Dark Walnut Stain
- White paint
- Painters Tape/ X-Acto Knife
- Chevron Stencil (Optional)
- Electric Sander
Start with a piece of 6′ X 1″ X 5 ” piece of lumber. I couldn’t tell you what I used, but I always buy the least expensive :)
Give it 3 coats of Minwax Dark Walnut stain and let it sit overnight.
Make a chevron stencil. Using my Silhouette, I created a chevron pattern. I used this chevron graphic by Sarah Hurley and then ungrouped it so I could use just one section. I wanted the pattern to fit perfectly so I made the chevron pattern 6″ long so it went into 6′ evenly.
Cover the stained board in painters tape and make marks every 6″ to help guide the stencil.
Trace the stencil onto the entire board. The ends of the stencil should align with the top point of the previous pattern.
Using an X-acto Knife cut out every other chevron block. I colored in every other chevron block with a sharpie so I could easily point out which ones needed to be cut.
Remove the pieces of tape.
Paint 3 coats of white paint over the blue tape. I used left over Valspar Dove White Paint from our trim.
Let it dry and then remove the tape. Just a tip, if I wasn’t planning on sanding this down, I would have been disappointed with how the lines turned out. Some of the paint bleed through and it definitely wasn’t perfect. I might suggest using Vinyl if you aren’t going to distress it.
Stencil on the numbers. I used my Silhouette to make my numbers. They are Baskersville Old Face font and 2″ high.
Let it dry over night.
For the record, I really like how this looks ‘before sanding’. It is really crisp and clean and I think it’s really pretty. You could totally stop here if you wanted to. But it just wasn’t the look I was going for. I really wanted a vintage industrial look.
Sand the entire growth chart using an electric sander. I used 180 grit paper and thought it worked well. I focused on the edges and tried to make it look naturally distressed by making it uneven.
Lastly, I picked up a pack of these Paper Key Tags to use as the marks on the growth chart. (You may need two packs depending on how many kids you have!)
You’ll have to stay tuned to see how I displayed it in my home. It’s rather unconventional :)
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