I am especially excited to share today’s post with you! As a mom, I have found that taking time to buy or make things for myself doesn’t happen often. It just isn’t a priority. So I really LOVE when I get the opportunity to make something for my children that I absolutely adore too!
DIY Rustic Chevron Growth Chart.
I just love everything about this! Maybe it is the fact that there will be years of memories saved with it, AND we can take those memories with us when we finally get our own home, or maybe it is the fact that it is the first thing I have made that represents my décor style in our current home, or maybe… it is really the fact that it totally transformed my entryway!
I had been contemplating making one of these for the boys for quite sometime, but didn’t know exactly what I wanted until I found this when browsing through one of my favorite blogs Design Dining & Diapers, and just had to try it!
I loved her version, but knew I needed something that would take more of a center stage, and I do not own a Silhouette, so that posed a problem. So I came up with this version, which turned out to be really simple! I REALLY enjoyed making this, and I hope you do as well! This is a great, easy beginner project that anyone can do!
1- 2″X10″ @ 10′ long
2 thumb tacks.
Yarn of some sort.
120 grit sand paper
1- Half pint can of Rustoleum stain in Early American
White paint– I used some left over I found in the garage, but I would recommend Valspar-Snow Cap White the sample size will be plenty!
Black Paint- Again, I used left over we had in the garage, but I would recommend Valspar-Pantone Jet Black the sample size will be plenty.
Hangman Hanger (for hanging)
Avery Metal Key Rings (for marking heights)
Drill (for hanging)
*Make sure you read through the ENTIRE post before attempting any wood working project, and always measure twice, cut once.
Cut the board to size.
My ceilings are currently 8′ high, so I figured to have the growth chart hang 9″ from the floor, and 3″ from the ceiling. This meant that I needed to cut my board at exactly 7′.
If you have never cut with a circular saw, It is REALLY easy! And is probably one of my favorite things to do when I work with wood.
All you need to do is measure to whatever length you want your board to be, make 2 marks, and then square. A square is an optional tool you can use to make sure your line is straight. If you do not have a square, I recommend measuring in 3 different spots on the board, to make sure your line is straight. Then, all you do is line up the blade of your saw, and cut!
*I bought a 2″X10″ @ 10′ long for several reasons. It was just a few cents difference to get the extra 2 feet, and I thought I could use that extra for another project later! Make sure you are following me on Instagram, and like me on Facebook so you don’t miss it!
Sand & Stain.
I used my Ryobi Corner Cat Finish Sander for this project, and as always, it worked wonders!
I made sure to sand the edges really good so that the corners appeared more rounded to give the board a more aged look.
Then came the staining. I made sure to rinse off the board really good, so that all the dust from sanding was removed. Then, using a rag, I applied the stain. I did 2 coats, letting it sit for a few minutes, and wiped off any excess.
Add the Chevron.
When dealing with chevron, it is extremely important that everything is symmetrical. So, to ensure that everything matched up I had to somehow mark the center of the board, but did not want to mark up my newly stained board. So here is how I did it.
First, I found the center of the board and marker it on both ends. Then, I used twine (you could use yarn of any kind), and tacked it to the mark. I simply stretched the string across the board, and tacked that end on the center mark, and TADA my center was marked! It was super easy, and turned out to be VERY accurate.
To make it easier for you, I added the link below to the exact template I used to make my chevron pattern! Just click, and print, its FREE!
Tape the rectangles at a 90 degree angle. (as pictured below)
Then, I measured 6″ up and lined the tip of the chevron template (or whatever you want to call it) up with my mark, making sure that the string is lined up with the center of the chevron template. I then traced around the chevron template (with a pencil), and moved my chevron piece up, making sure to line it up with my previous mark, and continued this pattern up to the top.
Tape & Paint.
I used ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape for this project, and was extremely happy with the turn out. It sticks on strong, and removes clean! I had very little pain bleed through!
*It helps if you lightly mark with a pencil which pieces will be white, as you will only be taping on the areas that will NOT be painted white. (pictured below)
Then, I painted using a sponge paint brush. Making sure not to get too much paint on the brush as this causes the paint to bleed through the tape. I did three coats, letting the paint dry in between each coat.
After the paint was completely dry, I slowly peeled the tape off, and started sanding. I chose not to use an electric sander, as I didn’t want to distress it too much. I really just wanted to bring out some of the grain in the wood. Letting a little of the dark stain seep through.
I absolutely LOVED the way it looked after sanding it that I almost considered taking the easy route, and leaving it! But, I persevered, and boy am I glad I did!
Paint the numbers.
I knew I wanted my numbers to be big, but I couldn’t find any stencils that were what I was looking for, so I thought I would try something on my own. I started by printing off the link below.
Then, measured on the measuring board to figure where each number should go. I had to subtract the 9″ from the ground that I had originally planned for. So, my first mark was 3″ from the bottom of the board. I made each mark exactly 1′ apart to indicate where I wanted my numbers to go.
Then, I taped the paper onto the board. Making sure to match up the center of the page with the mark I had made on the board.
I then took a pen, and pressing VERY firmly, I traced each number. I wanted to make sure I left an indention in the wood that I could use as a guide when painting. Then, using the skinniest brush I could find, I painted. I did 2 coats on each letter, and am very pleased with the way they turned out! By making an indention with the pen, it really made it easier to stay in the lines. The indention seemed to catch any excess paint, making the edges of my numbers look really clean! I let the paint dry, and gave the numbers one more sanding with my 120 grit sand paper, just enough to expose some of the wood grain, and I was jumping for joy!
After I was done sanding, I wiped down the entire board to remove any dust left from sanding the numbers, and brushed on 2 coats of Rust-Oleum Soft Touch Polyurethane.
I then hung it using the Hangman Hanger I bought on Amazon. It is BY FAR the easiest way to hang anything, and ensures that whatever you are hanging is perfectly level!
And I was done…
I used the Avery Metal Key Rings to write the boy’s names, heights, and date. Then I nailed them in with these upholstery nails that I bought from Walmart for only 93 cents! The nails are the actual height.
Overall, I am so happy with the way it turned out, and hope you love it as much as I do! I would LOVE your feedback, and so appreciate any sharing & pinning!
Have you been considering making one of these for your child/children?
What are some other fun projects that both you and your kids enjoy?
Thanks so much for stopping by!