Growth Ruler Redo

DIY Growth Ruler Redo - Brave New Home You may recall that I actually already created a DIY growth ruler in our last home.hung diy growth rulerIt was stained a dark espresso color and the type face was more on the  traditional side.dining_roomAt the time, it made sense with our dark colored furniture theme throughout the house.  But in this new house, I’m going for lots of whites and neutrals with a modern vintage vibe.

And I’m being ruthless about my style.  If it doesn’t fit, it goes!  Or in this case, it’s gets flipped over and redone :P  I may be ruthless but I’m still thrifty!light sanding of woodSo I flipped that bad boy over and gave it a light sanding.  I focused on the sides a bit more since they too were stained. 3 - painting sides whiteTo fully cover up the stain, I ended up painting the edges a nice hearty white.  I say hearty cause Behr delivers on coverage and there’s a big difference between a few coats of this stuff versus a few coats of acrylic craft paint. measuring and making marksThe next day, I got to making my ruler marks.  Much like the last time, I taped some paper together to make sure my measuring was accurate before I committed it to wood.  Except I cheated and just traced over the marks I had made last time. 4 - making marks with a sharpieThe Sharpie seamlessly went on the unfinished wood.  I free handed a more playful font (this time I used amatic).  All that’s left is to transfer the heights I’ve already marked.5 - closeup of finished rulerI was so much more relaxed making my marks this time around.  I hope all my redo efforts in the new house feel this way!  And I like the look of the ruler much better, too.  6 - finished growth rulerWe’re still in the process of moving in so I haven’t mounted the ruler to a wall.  Not sure where it’ll go quite yet…

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Have you done any redo projects lately?  Do you prefer one side of the ruler to the other?

Jennifer singature - Jenna Sue

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15 Comments

  1. I love a good redo…and saving $$$$ :D I like both sides! We had a growth ruler, but it was vinyl and it was taken down a few months ago. I am going to plan one out, my boy goes crazy for these kinds of things!

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    • Jennifer June 2, 2014

      Oh I know—kids love these kinda things! Maybe you could even put your vinyl decals on some wood if there’s some adhesion left? Just a thought : ]

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  2. Marisa June 2, 2014

    I love these rulers! The change of font looks great!

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  3. Love it the second go around and you look super cute btw :)

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    • Jennifer June 2, 2014

      Aw, hehe, thanks Kristin ; ]

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  4. Julie Khuu June 2, 2014

    Not only brilliant but so super chic! I love the exposed wood look, I can completely see this reimagined with reclaimed planks. Totally pinning as we speak! Love!!

    xo-Julie
    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

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  5. Amy @ Homey Oh My! June 2, 2014

    This is so cute!! Much better than marking right on the wall ;) You look adorable with your bump!

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    • Jennifer June 16, 2014

      Aw, thanks, Amy!

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  6. Alexis @ Persia Lou June 3, 2014

    oooh… love the makeover! It looks great. And I love the idea of being ruthless with your style. If you had a second to come by and link up at The Makers link party, that would be great! :)

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