- 6' plank of wood
- medium sanding block
- painters tape
- measuring tape
- black sharpie
- 3" stencils
- wood stain (with brushes and a rag)
Step #1: First, I sanded all six (6) edges of the wood. (I still ended up with at least one rough spot that I didn't discover until later.)
Step #5: I applied one coat of wood stain and left it on for about 15 minutes per the directions on the can. Then I had to wait about 4-6 hours for it to dry before I applied the second coat. Here's how it came out with two coats of the pecan stain I used:
I stained the top first and then the following day, I wrote a message to my 9 month old nephew who will be receiving it for Christmas along with a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote about growth. Then I stained the back with two coats as well.
Final Notes and Comments: The entire project took 2 days because of the hours for the stain to dry. Steps 1-4 took about an hour and a half to two hours, but that was probably because I kept stopping to take pictures and text.
The one in the original pin that I followed started with 2 because it will be mounted 1' above the floor. I just made mine to be propped against a wall because I felt like it could be a cute decoration in the room too. Also, I did not put a finish on it because I was worried that my cousin and her husband wouldn't be able to write on it if I did. It's supposed to be a growth chart, after all. It would be cute to attach a picture every year too and I'm pretty sure it would adhere better sans finish.
This one is simple but you could stain it pink or blue if you really wanted to match a bedroom décor (or gender code it). You could also decoupage images of whatever the kids are into (e.g., Minnie Mouse, Frozen, Big Hero 6, Cars, etc.).