Apparently Pottery Barn Kids is a big thing. Um, and apparently I've been living under a rock since I've never even stepped foot into a Pottery Barn to know that they have a "kids" version.

Either way, Pottery Barn Kids is constantly showing up with awesome kids decor.

Take this growth chart. A ruler! I love it!

It's been discontinued. And let's be honest... even if it weren't, I wouldn't buy it.  I don't have   a PB budget. I mean, they growth charts they have up now range from $40 - $140... yeah...

Lucky for me, there are countless "inspired" versions available on Etsy.


Like this adorable one from 517Creations.

However, I'm not quite ready to shell out cash for a huge ruler. How about a DIY instead?

{Yeah, there are a thousand tutes for this out there... this one is mine. k?}



Okay... I'm not going to question your intelligence by saying you need a piece of lumber. You know you need it. I'm also not going to tell you what size you need.  Honestly, it really depends on how you want it to look.  I literally just went into the big orange store (you know, the one that rhymes with Dome Repo?) and said to myself "Hm... lets find the most ruler-y looking piece of wood there is."

Apparently that works!

While you're there, you might as well pick a stain that you like.



So first things first. Sand your ruler till is smoooooooth. This is my least favorite part. I normally bug Jon until he'll do it for me (I'm a terrible wife sometimes, lol) but this time I did it with the multi tool and it went pretty quick.

Once it's sanded, stain stain stain! You'll want to follow the directions on your particular stain.  I used Min-Wax in Weathered Oak... I really like the old, weathered look it gives.

Let your stain dry/cure/rest for 24 hours. (or until you get time to proceed!)



The next part is pretty simple. Mark every inch down the long side of your board.  I used a Sharpie paint pen for this and it made it SO easy.

Once you've gone the whole way up the board, go through and elongate every 12th inch. Tada! You now have marked feet.  I had 6 feet on mine. I then went through and marked 1/2 and 1/4 marks.  This is optional. (So optional, I totally forgot to take a pic of this step.)

**Note. If you have molding or anything you'll be mounting this above, please account for that when marking. For example, my molding is 3" high. So my first marked inch is actually at inch #4.**



Finally, it's time to mark the feet. I used stencils, some acrylic paint and a stencil brush/sponge thingie.

Let it dry and then seal that baby with some for of protectant.

Aaaaaaaannnndd.... done.



Not too bad for a $14 project, eh? Now I'm off for coffee and to measure my little nuggets.

Until next time, Happy Tuesday!


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