Awww...I went to a sweet baby shower today.
You can imagine how many times
I heard the word "cute".
There were so many charming little
dresses and booties.
And for baby Claire that's
on her way into this world
she will be so cute in
all of the sugary fashion.
But for nursery styling,
Baby Claire's mommy
wants a shabby beachy style.
So I jumped on that idea
simple fish growth chart.
The shape is simple
the paint is worn.
The horizontal stripes
along with the weathered detail
make a sweet rustic style
for baby's nursery.
Because the style is really generic,
it would work great for
boy or girl
and will be adaptable to
any age really.
So here's the scoop
on how to
make one for your own little sweet pea.
I used 1/2" plywood
and cut a fish shape 45" x 7".
I have always loved the fish shapes at Castaways Hall
and drew out a template similar to one of those.
Cut and sand.
Brush entire piece, front and back,
with watered down raw sienna paint.
I wanted the back to look good too
so I used the same paint technique
that I used on this table
and this flag.
Once that is dry
turn it over and paint the other side white.
After the white dries
tape off the horizontal lines
and paint in whatever color stripes you want.
I didn't use full brush coverage
because I wanted the worn look.
Using a yardstick and a ruler
as your guide, take a liner brush
to make the inch markers.
Paint numbers at the "foot" marks.
Use two screw eyes to pull the sisal through.
Tie off with braiding cord or jute twine.
Make sure when you start the braiding cord
you leave a long tail.
That way you have something to tie on to
at the end.
Now you just loop tie the rope
and you're ready to hang.
When you hang it on the wall
be sure the 2 ft. marker is actually
2 ft. from the floor so measurements are accurate.
You could use a fine tip marker to
document the dates of measuring
Here's the back...
Glad you could stop by!
Always appreciate your visits.
Have a great day, Deb
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