We are slowly but surely adding the finishing touches to Bentley's nursery. It is by far the most decorated room in our home and, I'm totally okay with that! I have loved putting my focus there. It has truly been a labor of love! For his nursery, I chose the "Nautical" theme for multiple reasons. I absolutely love that theme (if you haven't noticed here and here) and I really wanted something that he could grow with and wasn't just "baby".
One of my favorite pieces has been this growth chart. I love that no matter where move to, we can always take it with us and keep those precious little memories! It completely amazes me how much our little boy has grown. Seriously wishing I could stop that! Here's what you'll need to make your own :)
We had everything on hand except for the pine board so this project cost us a total of about $12. Not bad right?! I wasn't sure how the stain and paint would go together since we already had them but I love how it turned out! These were the ones we used.
1. First off, my pine board in this picture will look different than the one you have. For this tutorial, I used the back side of the one I had already made. (I'm lame and didn't take pictures of it the first time around because I wasn't sure how it would turn out). So it had already been stained before in the picture! I used 2 garbage bags and cut them in half to put underneath of the board.
2. Dip your paint sponge into the stain and go in strokes up and down the board. I would do a straight line from the top all of the way to the bottom without stopping. The pine will absorb the stain so its best to distribute the stain evenly to avoid the blotches. Mine wasn't perfect at all. If you look closely at the pictures below you will see the stain is a little bit uneven in places but I was kind of happy with a more "weathered" look. You can apply as many coats of stain as you want. It will get darker with each application but wait for it to dry in between coats if you choose to do multiple coats.
3. & 4. All done! Let the stain dry completely. Yes, I know it's hard :)
5. I couldn't find our measuring tape so I had to improvise a little bit. I used a permanent marker and marked inch marks all of the way down the board.
6. Next, you will need to decide how you want it painted! I chose to do a stripe every 6 inches. Double and triple check this part to make sure everything is even and you have taped off the correct areas. This is the most tricky part! You can see how I taped off ours below. I painted 3-4 coats of the cream white paint so it would cover the stain. Make sure to let each coat dry completely before doing another! That way you will avoid clumps.
7. Once the paint has dried, remove the painters tape and your ready to mark your board! I chose to start our board at the 1/2 foot mark that way I can hang it a 1/2 foot off the floor. I used just a regular permanent marker for this and I used a stencil to trace out the numbers.
Our big boy is already measuring in at 2 1/2 feet. Of course, I had to include that hair! I love that we can document our sweet Bentley's growth for many years to come! :)