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…

8 Comments

  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?

Leave a Comment