Stain Block Growth Ruler

This week, I scratched a project off of our To-Do list that has been lingering in my brain for years, begging to get my hands on the supplies to complete it!

This DIY Growth Chart was easy, quick, and CHEAP!

What you’ll need:
Available at all home improvement stores

-1 piece of 1x6x4 wood (I used Whitewood board since it was cheapest at Lowe’s for $7.50)
-Stain (I used Rustoleum Dark Walnut & Weathered Gray. The smallest can will do)
-White Vinegar
-Paint choice (Ours was leftover from a previous project. See it below)
-Metal Numbers from the home and mailbox dept.
-Drill
-Paint/stain brushes
-Pencil

You may also use a 1x6x6 piece of wood for a 6 foot ruler.

Instructions:
Measure off each foot of your ruler and be sure to make your pencil lines dark.

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Now, mix approx 3 spoonfuls of your walnut stain, 2 spoonfuls of weathered gray, and 2 cups of vinegar.Β  Using this mixture, stain your entire piece of wood. While staining, you may want to add more of either stain to your mixture. We did three coats of the diluted mixture and then one quick coat of just walnut without vinegar or weathered gray. I wanted to see the wood grain in our ruler so,Β  we slowly added the stain colors to our liking!

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Now, once you’ve stained the entire ruler, grab your paint.For a straight edge between colors, you may tape off each section, paint, dry, and paint. With a foam or regular paint brush, lightly paint on one coat of your paint to the blocks you wish. One coat should leave the paint transparent enough to see see the staining underneath.

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I personally,Β  wasn’t afraid of bleeding or smudging so I didn’t tape off our ruler to add the paint!

Last, after drying, drill your letters into the ruler!

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You may also hand sand some spots of your ruler once It’s stained to add a more rugged, rustic finish!

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This project took me less than an hour to complete!  I want to know which project has been on your DIY list for far too long! Comment below!

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