I Got Board…

So Pinterest is both my best friend and my worst enemy. I guess we’re frenemies…
Pretty much everything I see on Pinterest, I want to make. I knew when I saw a picture of this giant ruler height chart that it was going to be mine.
Also, I love Home Depot. So there was a lot of love going around this day.
I got myself a six foot board…

Then we distressed it. Yes, we. As often as I can, I let little M be involved in crafting and decorating. So I gave her a screwdriver, and let her pound away. She still shows me all the marks she made, and I like that she has that sense of ownership in creating something with me.

I stained it in a light walnut. Little M was not involved in this part since I am insanely worried about fumes killing her brain cells and all that…
Up close you can see all the marks we made.
Then, I took a black sharpie, and drew my lines and numbers. I started to use a paint pen, but it was too wet, and started to bleed. If you look closely you can see that some of the lines aren’t perfectly even. Little M was helping here, too.

This is my favorite section. This was where little M could reach, so it has the most “distressing.”

I love that it looks like a big giant ruler. And it is decorative enough that it doesn’t have to be hidden away. I hung it six inches off the floor, so I started my measurements at six inches, which makes my ruler six-and-a-half feet.

And if we ever move, we can just take it along, and we won’t lose those sweet marks from this little shorty…


  1. Musings from Kim K. on January 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Fabulous! What a cool project. I'm showing this to my hubby. PS. I've got a CNY dragon cake tutorial on the blog today. Tomorrow, I'll be sharing 5+ ideas for CNY lanterns. Cheers!

  2. Robin on January 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    That is really cool.

  3. Faith on January 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    you amaze me!

  4. Beth on January 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    that is absolutely, positively the coolest thing EVER!!! I might just have to steal this from you!!!

  5. Liz on January 18, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Love! Can you make more for sale?? I'd buy one.

  6. Cindy on January 18, 2012 at 2:21 am

    That is so cool. Thanks so much for sharing! Cindy

  7. Kelsey on January 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Seriously – that's brilliant. Your crafting inspires me. When we have a grown up house . . . watch out giant ruler . . . here we come!

  8. Who Knew on March 19, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    turned out great! What font did you use?

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