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Growth Chart

growth chart

Ever want to keep your child’s height measurements on a growth chart?  You can do it on your wall or by simply doing it on a board.    If you decide to do  the board… you can cut your own piece or go to the local hardware store or places like Lowes and Home Depot.  Choose a board that is at least 6 feet tall.  I would suggest at least 6 inches or wider and it can be thin.  It could be a 1/2″ thick piece of MDF or Birch is a great lightweight type of wood.  You could stain it (not the MDF), but I would highly recommend you paint it.  Choose a contrasting color to your walls or if you have a colored wall choose white.  

I have chosen in my example below to paint straight on the wall.  And of course this would require some artistic skill.  Or hire someone to do it.  It can be any theme you would like.  I chose a version of a sunflower… it could be a beanstalk, a ladder, a lighthouse, a tree, or a freestyle design or pattern.  The sky is the limit with possibilities.  Just make sure to create some form of a center point that will go up your wall vertically.  Measure up from the floor and mark with something permanent or with paint every 12 inches representing a foot.  Determine when you measure your child to mark that area with a line and date it and their name if there is more than one child being measured.  It is a treasured memory.  This is why I also suggest putting this on a board and mounting it to your wall, because if you would move at a later date, you can remove it and take it with you.  Therefore, taking your memories with you!




Frame out or color block in areas on you wall

This is a fabulous way to really bring attention to a wall.  Sometimes you need to just bring some personality to a room … and you may have artwork or sconces to hang inside it or you may not have anything at that moment.  You can also do like I did in this home where you paint a little something special that ties in to existing bedding or other items in your room that may be upholstered with a certain theme.  You can also hang a piece of art or a series of art or framed photos inside the squares as well.  In this particular example we chose a contrasting color to the wall color and just evenly measured out three distinct squares (you can choose the size you need) and taped them off … make sure to rub your finger along the edges of the tape to insure that no paint will leak through underneath.  The best tape to use is the blue painters tape that can be on your wall for 3-7 days and can be found at Walmart, Target or any local hardware store. Masking tape is a no-no!  Then you roll in your contrasting paint color and remove the tape as soon as you are sure that it is thoroughly covered.  It may take 2 coats for some colors depending on the depth of the color.  Remove the blue painters tape very carefully.  Now we took it to the next level and added flat boards (could also be a more elaborate decorative molding) and painted that in a third color.  It is as simple as mitering the corners and all that takes it a miter box if you are handy or a quick helping hand from a carpenter!  Then you leave it as a color blocked area… or you may choose to hang artwork, photos, sconces, mirrors, or possibly paint something decorative to go inside.  It turns out gorgeous!color block walls

Monogram on Walls

Today I chose to talk about using your monogram as the focal point of your wall.  First of all you will need to decide which exact initials you will be using for the monogram, and typically the last name initial goes in the center and is a little larger than the first and middle name initials on the left and right hand side.  If you choose to do them all the same size, then you would put the initials in the logical order they would go.  You can trace on your wall the initials, project them or even go to an online store such as Wall Words or many other places and order decals.  Of course, you can always hire an artist to paint them for you as well.  

The two examples I have today are one over a crib which could later transition into a bed or other piece of furniture such as a dresser underneath it.  I also chose to stripe the walls in this room.   The other, I was more creative on and painted a dark chocolate banister type shape that appears to be hanging and has ball fringe on the bottom (once again hanging over a crib which can later be another bed or piece of furniture).  I also painted dark chocolate trees in the corners of the room on either end.  These can easily be chalked in and literally filled in with paint.  Fairly simple to do or hire your local artist.  Monograms are a very popular way of personalizing a bedroom to give it an extraordinary touch.



Monogram Stripe Monogram Trees