Jan 14, 2016

The Growth Chart that Took Three Months to Make

The title pretty much says it all. Just to be clear, it didn't need to take three months. It should have taken maybe a weekend, but somehow we let it take us three months.

Anyway, we decided that we wanted to make a growth chart to measure the heights of our children so that when we move, we can take it with us. Both of us were just measured on a the wall in our houses which means that wall stays with the house and both sets of our parents have expressed a little sadness about leaving it behind when they move someday. So we decided we wanted one we could take with us.

I had seen these growth ruler charts all over. You can buy them but we figured we could just make one. Regrettably we have just finished it now and missed out on some of Addie's heights because she's a few months over three. But it's better to start now than not to do it at all I think.

We had learned how to do some things along the way because prior to this we had never stained anything before. Turned out to be really easy. Rob got some wood and then it was up to me to decide what we wanted to do with it. I had thought about painting it at one point but ultimately went back to the idea of staining.

The first step was cutting the wood down to size which meant we had to figure out how high we wanted it to go. Although we are sure to have tall children we decided to go as tall as 6 feet then Rob got to cutting.

Then he got to sanding it. The truth is Rob is a lot of the work because we wanted to limit my exposure to sawdust and the smell of the stain and the seal seeing as I'm pregnant.

Then we were on the part that made us both [unnecessarily] nervous. We had picked out some stain and now we just had to bite the bullet and get it a shot. I knew a little bit about staining from my dad doing it plus there's always the instructions on the side of the can that tells you exactly what to do.

We decided to go with just one coat of stain because we knew we wanted to be able to write on it so we didn't want it too dark. I actually love the color.

After it was completely dry, we were ready to start marking it. Luckily Rob is much better at this stuff than I am because I get myself all mixed up - even when I'm not pregnant and aren't so scattered. He marked it first with a pencil then used a paint marker to make the lines thicker and darker.

After the paint marker dried, Rob went about sealing it. I'll confess that I have no pictures of that because frankly there's not much to see. Imagine Rob with a small can and a paint brush in the garage. That was pretty much it.

At this point it was done other than the numbers and being hung up. So naturally it was moved from room to room to get it out of the way for about a month. At first I decided to use mailbox numbers which we found super cheap. But I had to cut them out and I couldn't find my extacto-knife. Then after a couple of weeks of looking for it and putting off cutting them I finally changed my mind and just cut out some numbers using my Silhouette. Something I should have done from the start. We definitely would have been done with it by now if I had.

The numbers were not put on perfectly straight but it's homemade and it doesn't have to look perfect. I really like how it turned out actually.

And now to hanging it up. First we had to decide were we wanted to hang it then figure out how we were going to hang it. I had some question about how long it was going to take us to hang it this time. We are not exactly moving at a fast pace.

But this time I had set a goal of having it completely done before the new year so we could do our first measuring on New Years Day. And I am proud to say that I achieved that goal. We actually went out on New Years Day to get what we needed which was a heavy duty mirror/picture hanger. Rob then go to measuring and drilling and got it hung in less than 30 minutes.

And just like that it was done. The project that took us way too long was finally done!

I loved how it turned out. So now it was time to finally use it. It almost pained me to write on it because we had worked so hard on it and it had taken us so long, but that was the reason we had it so it was time to give it a purpose.

Seeing her standing there it's hard to believe how tall she actually is. I know how tall she is because I see her every day but she's getting too big too fast. I love that cute face.

I also happen to love how the chart turned out.

xo, B

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