I have a quick and easy project to show you today. While Jamie was home for Thanksgiving we hit the stores on Black Friday. Jamie picked up this Home Depot Growth Chart for her nephew. The wood was unfinished. She was going to take it home and stain it, but it wouldn’t fit in her car.
I told her I would stain it for her and she could get it when she came for the Christmas holiday because they would be driving Andy’s vehicle which is larger.
It’s really cool, because it’s routed. I have made some wooden growth charts with vinyl numbers and painted numbers. They were very complicated, so I suggested she jump on this for the price!
I had to stain this indoors, but first it needed a very quick sanding outside. After sanding, I used my dust brush to clear off the debris, then I ran inside—because it was soooo cold!
Jamie and I both like dark stains, but we decided that if the stain was dark it would be difficult to see writing on it. We settled on Minwax Golden Oak.
To highlight the numbers and the lines, I used a Minwax Stain Marker Dark Walnut . It was very quick and easy. If you have any reason to touch up a piece of furniture, this marker would work great.
After staining, I let the growth chart cure outside because of the odor. Then I braved the weather to take a few pictures.
From what I hear, the growth chart was a big hit.
So, now you can DIY your own growth chart, like the one above--or grab one on HomeDepot.com and paint or stain it as you choose.
Either way, I’ve been hearing a lot about Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker , they might be the perfect way to write on your growth chart.
Which would you prefer? Cheap, and DIY? or Spend a little more money and take the easy way out?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.