A lot of my projects are inspired from things I see on other blogs. Just like all art, inspiration is highly influenced by things you see day to day. So while this is totally not my own idea, I did get to put my own flair on it. After reading a post from Knock Off Decor about this ruler growth chart Pottery Barn knockoff from 517 Creations, I just knew I had to make my own!
It’s really a simple project. Buy a 1×6 board at a six foot length, and finish as desired. Since my husband thinks it’s sacrilegious to stain cedar, I left it natural. Basically I marked lines for each inch, and then using an unclicked pen, traced my number outlines so that they made an indentation in the wood. I then painted my hash marks and numbers with the same lime green paint from my other nursery projects, outlined them with a fine-tipped sharpie pen, and sealed it with 3 coats of poly. For a more in depth tutorial, visit the 517 Creations blog. She does a great job explaining her method, which is what I followed.
The cedar plank has a lot of character, knots and cracks and other great features. I chose green paint because not only will it fit in with the nursery, but should we choose to have other kiddos in the future, I didn’t want it to be too girly. I love that we’ll be able to mark little Charlotte’s growth on something that we can take with us if we ever move, or that she can use as decor in her own home later on down the line. I think it would be fun to measure my husband and I on there as well, since we’re both done with all our growing. Then we can see who’s tallest in the family! Haha
Even though we’re moving in less than a month, I’m obsessive about finishing this nursery. I only have one project left, and I want to take after photos of this room in a complete state. So please humor me. If we were going to stay here, this nook would be the perfect little place for our ruler. Oh, and I hung it six inches off the ground because that’s where I started my hash marks to give any baseboards enough clearance for the board to hang flush against the wall.
I totally love this project! It was super cheap (only about $13 for the board) and really easy. I think it would look great stained or painted, or with any other finish you might have in mind!