Height Chart (For My Tall Little Ones.)

Nikon 3-12-13 015front height chart

When little boys hit their teenage years, a mysterious thing happens.  They’ll go to bed at one height and in the morning they will be noticeably taller.  (I’m quite sure the growth gnome visits in the dead of night and sprinkles rapid growing dust all over them while they slumber.)

My husband measures in at a respectable 6 feet even.  And currently two of our three sons are taller than him.  For the longest time I’ve wanted to make a height chart to mark the growing progress of my “little” ones.  (When they truly were little, I would chart their growth on the door jambs of their bedrooms.)  But now I wanted something a little more substantial.


Nikon 3-12-13 002plain plank

I started off with a 6 ft by 11 inch plank from Home Depot.  I ended up buying a less expensive piece of wood since I planned on painting it.  I gave it a good sanding and then brushed on a coat of white paint.  (The same custom mixed white Behr paint that I’m using throughout my home.)  I then sanded it down until the wood grain showed through giving it more of a white-washed look.


Nikon 3-12-13 019roman numerals

I determined that Roman numerals were the way to go so I ended up using miniature letters I found at Hobby Lobby.  (I will confess, that it did take a few months and various trips to multiple stores to find all the ones I needed.)  Gold spray paint came next as I decided to alternate the finishes of the numerals.  I had a tube of Super Glue left over from my Magnetic Fridge Frames project (see here) and decided to use it to attach the numerals to the wood.

The problem is, that when it comes to Super Glue, I usually have about as much finesse as my dog, Bella would have knitting a sweater.  But then again, Bella IS quite talented.  ( At least that is what the others in her salsa dancing class have to say…)

I was able to glue the pieces down successfully with only gluing three of my fingers.  (Thankfully, I resisted the urge to scratch that sudden itch on my ear.)  I had kept my fingers separated so the glue only coated the ends of my fingers leaving a shiny, fingerprint-less cap.  (Which might prove to be beneficial if I ever decide to pursue a life of crime.)

I then drew the measurements on the edge of the board with a gold paint pen and a sharpie.  I lined up a measuring tape along the edge to make them as accurate as possible.

I’m digging on the finished project– another way of charting the rapid growth of my “little” ones.



Nikon 3-12-13 017growth chart

So what about you?  Have the growth gnomes visited your home?  (And what is your skill level with a tube of Super Glue?)

~Miss Charming

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  1. I love this! It is a classy way to have a growth chart! Had I had one for my boys, this is what I would of chosen! Great job!
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  2. This is awesome! I LOVE that you used roman numerals! Thanks so much for linking it up to Monday Funday!
    Kelly @ View Along the Way recently posted..Next Big Project: Moving on out(doors)My Profile

  3. This ruler is sooo cute!! You did a great job and there are so many different ways and colors you could do with that!! I know our readers will love it, too! We have a weekly Thursday (today:) link up party at allthingswithpurpose.com. We would love to see this post there along with the post on dying your jeans!! We are also your newest FB like 🙂
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