DIY growth chart

DIY Growth Chart

by Andrea Cooley


growth chart, yardstick, cabot premium wood finish riverbendThis is not a new idea by any stretch of the imagination. If you’ve been on Pinterest in the last couple years, you’ve probably seen some version of a yard stick growth chart. This is one of those projects that’s been on my list to do for oh about 2 years. It didn’t get done before Emerson was born and it almost didn’t get done before baby #2!

That said, it’s one of the easier projects I’ve done, so who knows why it took so long! (also, this is a sneak peak of Emerson’s new room. It’s getting close! I just need to paint stripes on the curtains and hang things on the wall)

growth chart2 cabot premium wood finish riverbendWe used a 1 x 6 cherry board and Adam cut it to 5 feet. Then I sanded it and stained it with Cabot water-based Premium Wood Finish in Riverbend.

(Side note: I highly recommend this stain. I used it for some projects I produced for Do It Yourself magazine last fall and couldn’t wait to use it for a personal project. It’s super easy to work with, it’s a stain and sealer in one, clean up is a breeze, and the color options are fantastic!)

DIY growth chart yardstickOnce the board was stained, the last step was marking it. I used a White Sharpie Oil Paint Marker (also great to work with!) and stencils for the numbers. We decided we wanted the bottom of the board to be 8 inches off the ground.

I secured a tape measure to the board, grabbed a ruler, and started marking at 8 inches. If you look closely you can see that my lines aren’t exactly the same length, but I’m OK with that. I marked each foot with a number stencil and was done! It seriously took less than half an hour and dried pretty much instantly.

Adam centered two picture hooks on the back and figured out how high to hang it to make the measurements accurate. I’ll be honest, that was more math than I could easily do!

e and growth chartEmerson tested it out for us and it works! And seriously, how cute is he with his little lion and wearing nothing but a cloth diaper. I wish my thighs were that cute!

Now we just have to decide how we want to mark the kid’s heights. I’d like to document how tall they are at least once a year. Adam suggested a sticker of some kind. Any other ideas?

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Andrea Cooley

  1. Look at that cute kid! Pretty proud of our little man, all grown up.

  2. What a cool project! And I can’t believe how blonde Emerson is.

  3. aboundingabundance July 28, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Okay, I’ve had this project on my list too for about a year … I’ve decided that it probably won’t get done unless I can somehow con my dad into staining a board for me :) But good job on nesting and getting something else crossed off your list! And your model is pretty darn cute!!

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