With a new baby soon to be on the scene, this is the first in a series of blog posts about nursery design and crafts...
I always loved the idea of creating a height chart somewhere in our home to mark our children's height over the years. I never quite got round to it with Felicity, but with the imminent arrival of baby boy, what better time to craft one they can both share. Here's the step by step tutorial of how I created our wooden height chart - enjoy!
1. Gather the essentials! You will need: a large wooden board (I chose an untreated pine board approx 20 x 115 cm from Homebase for around £10), a tester pot of paint (I used Pearl Grey £1 from Wilkos), paint brush, sand paper, pencil, black marker pen, masking tape, 3 inch black vinyl sticky numbers (bought from ebay for £3.99) and a tape measure.
2. Hold the board up against the wall where it will be fixed. Decide how high you'd like to position it away from the floor or skirting board. I went for approx 20cm (or 8 inches) from the floor.
3. Mark from there onwards onto the board using pencil. So for example, I marked a further 4 inches to reach the 1 foot mark. Continue like this marking every inch and every foot. I managed to fit in a total of 4 feet, 5 inches onto my board.
4. Sand down the board using the sand paper to remove any splinters or rough edges.
5. Using the masking tape, cover both edges of the sections to be painted. For example, under 1 foot and above 1 foot 6 inches. Therefore, once complete, you should have painted several 6 inch blocks. Remember to paint the sides of the board!
6. Leave the first coat of paint to dry. Do a second coat depending on how opaque you want the effect.
7. Remove all masking tape once the paint is dry and sand down again if you fancy the 'used' look!
8. Using the black marker pen (be careful to use one that doesn't 'bleed' into the wood - just use a ball point pen if necessary and create a thick line) mark off every inch all the way up the board.
9. Stick on your numbers! I placed one at the bottom of each painted panel and voila - your height chart is complete! You can then fix to the chosen wall using hooks or screws.
You could use white numbers if you prefer on a bright background and paint with any colour that fits your decor. I think this pale grey shade goes really nicely with our Beside The Seaside (netural) cross stitch kits.
If you have any questions, please comment below or drop me an email.