You guys! This has been on my to-do list for like...EVER. Ok really not that long, but really since Hannelore was born. I know these are all over Pinterest, but I still love it. I love how simple it is.
I also love rulers. I do not know what it is, but I love them. Actually, ever since I was little I have loved school supplies. Call me weird...I won't care, but I do. I do not ususally like doing all the things everyone else is doing because I feel like it will be "old" sooner if that is the case, but this was an exception for me. I am thrilled with how it turned out. I am so happy and excited to get it hung up. Hannelore loves to count the numbers and measure herself. I remember doing this when I was growing up. We marked up a door jamb in my parents house to measure ourselves. I can't wait to use this for many many years.
The steps were super simple.
1. Gather materials
I bought the board, stain, and Polyurethane at Home Depot.
The board is a 6 foot 1x8 board. The stain I bought (which I LOVE LOVE LOVE) is Rust-oleum in Weathered Gray. This stain doesn't look like the typical ruler which I wanted originally, but I LOVE this color. So I went with it. I bought the Rust-oleum Matte Polyurethane. I bought this because I did not want it glossy at all. I did not even want to see it really, but I wanted to put it on so the vinyl would stick well and so the board would be more protected.
2 and 3. Sanding and staining
I have a confession to make. I tried to stain the board without sanding it. DO NOT DO THIS. Complete waste of your time and stain. It will not "take" the stain. See I have pictures to prove it. You can laugh if you want. I know I should have just sanded it first, but... I didn't. So after staining it and then it not taking the color AT ALL. I had a minor meltdown. So I sanded it and then stained it and the color was perfect. I love it.
Getting ready to stain (before sanding)
How sad it looked after staining. Ridiculous.
What it looked like after the stain dried on it for 24 hours (before sanding it)
So I sanded it
This is what it looked like while the stain was sitting on it. Before I sanded it this is not what it looked like. It would puddle and it was not staying on the board and well...staining the wood. I should have known better, but oh well.
Right after it was done being stained. Still wet.
I honestly only put one coat on. It was smooth enough after that one coat that I was not worried about the vinyl sticking.
After letting it dry for 24 hours in my very warm garage I put the vinyl on. I put the 1 foot mark up half a foot on the board. Therefore, when I put it on the wall I will have to place it a half a foot off the floor. This will make the board sit 6 and a half feet up. Since I don't worry at all about her being over 6.5 feet that was good enough for me! I put on dashes every 3 inches and that was great for me. You could do more or less.
I pre-marked everything and then also left the measuring tape on the side. It worked wonderfully.
Some very easy variations would be to paint the board a color and/or add decorative vinyl of any sort. I went with more of the ruler look so I didn't want anything else on there.
That is it. So easy and well I think you know this already, but I love it! My husband wants to do a more intricate one. We will have to see which one we end up keeping if that is the case. If/when that happens I will do a post on it and you can vote for which one you like better. Deal?
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