This Growth Chart Photo Prop isn’t a groundbreaking tutorial, but I hope sharing my experience will answer a few questions about how to make one of these for your own family.
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We brought home an unfinished wooden Growth Chart last Thanksgiving. It was a Black Friday deal… and insanely cheap. Well, I guess you get what you pay for; because it’s not true to size and measurement. It would be more aptly named an “approximate growth” chart.
Half Pint Ink Studio has even designed the growth chart for the fact that you won’t want to hang it directly at the floor level. If you hung it at floor level, it would interfere with your baseboard trim. This is part of the reason our growth chart is hanging much higher in the Breakfast Nook. It couldn’t be hung true-to-height, so I just chose the most desirable location on the wall, instead.
I hadn’t tackled this project, until recently, partly due to feeling stumped over how to paint the routed numbers and hash marks. Essentially, there were three options that I could come up with:
- Paint the entire growth chart a solid color, then add the detail afterward with a contrasting color.
- Paint the details with a contrasting color, then paint the solid color without pressing the brush into the routed details.
- Paint the entire growth chart a solid color, then add the detail afterward with a contrasting color using a permanent marker or paint marker.
Granted, options #1 and #3 sounded easy, but I was concerned it would be difficult to keep the numbers and hash marks from looking messy. Maybe if you are talented with a paint brush, it would be the simpler choice. That, however, is not me.
So, I went with option #2. I used a black paint to fully color all of the detail areas and didn’t worry about staying within the lines. My goal was full coverage, not perfection.
Next, I painted over the black with white paint. I was careful not to press my brush into the numbers and hash marks. In order to really cover up the black, it required several coats of paint. A primer in between the black and white paint would probably have been a better choice.
There were some touch-ups required afterward — where the white paint got into the routed areas — but, overall, it resulted in the clean look that I had envisioned.
It’s part of the decor in our Breakfast Nook, but we’ll also be using it as a Photo Prop.
Yes, it’s already time to start planning for Back to School. Summer went so fast… but doesn’t it always?
Ya’ll know I’m all about anything that is multi-purpose. So, this growth chart + wall decor + photo prop is a “bang for it’s buck” type of project.
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