Are you looking for a great way to chart the growth of your little ones? Hannah from The Cozy Hearth used Confetti, Glaze, Crackle Medium, and Tough Coat to create this beautiful keepsake growth chart!

This post is all about finding unique and easy ways to get a certain look! I wanted to create a chippy paint finish, but I wanted to avoid using milk paint. Why? It’s a huge pain in the butt to dissolve into water. I just really like when I don’t have to make my own paint. So this is where Country Chic stepped in and saved the day! I was able to create the perfect chippy finish on this growth ruler using only Country Chic products.

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I grabbed a six foot raw pine plank to start. I wanted a medium brown color to the wood, but I also wanted to avoid using wood stain. Mainly because it’s super stinky and I didn’t want to get into the mess of applying a drippy stain and rubbing away the excess. So how did I stain this piece of wood without wood stain? I used Furniture Glaze as wood stain! Specifically, the color Smokey Quartz.

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It’s made for applying over a coat of paint in order to create an antique look, but I thought outside of the box to come up with another way to use it. I used a foam sponge to apply the Glaze to the wood. I did one coat, let it dry to the touch, and then applied another. I let it sit overnight.

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Next was a step that was more powerful in effect than it was in appearance. I applied a liberal layer of Crackle Medium on top of the “stained” wood and let it dry overnight.

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It dries clear, and other than a shiny glare in the right lighting, you can’t tell that you did anything. But it’s important for creating the chippy effect.

After the crackle medium dried, I applied a layer of the most gorgeous color, All-in-One Decor Paint in Confetti. Confetti is a limited-edition color, so you need to get your orders in ASAP before you can’t get it anymore! It’s such a beautiful vintage pink, and pictures don’t do it justice.

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I applied it liberally; the thicker the application, the more prominent the cracks. The thinner the application, the finer the cracks. It helps to use varying brush stroke directions, too. As the paint dries, you start to see it crack, and it’s quite amazing to watch! One thing I love about Country Chic Paint is that it dries super fast, so after an hour, I was able to start chipping away. I used a putty scraper to lift some of the flakes off in random areas to create a chippy finish. What’s great about this DIY chippy finish is that more paint flakes won’t continue to fall off with time, unlike authentic chippiness on old furniture. It’ll stay exactly how you want it to look.

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After letting it sit overnight, I applied some decals on the surface of the wood to turn my plank into a growth ruler! One of the decals was a cute quote by E.E. Cummings. The decals were made by a wonderful specialty shop run by a friend of mine.

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Once the decals were set, I applied a coat of Tough Coat to seal the deal!

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Tough Coat needs to cure for about a week, but other than that, the growth ruler is finished!

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Hannah {The Cozy Hearth}

I’m Hannah, owner of the Cozy Hearth. I started out on Instagram as a blogger for fun, and enjoyed it so much that I turned the hobby into a small business. Our catchphrase is, “where DIY meets chic decor,” and it’s all about sharing projects and products that help transform your living space into home sweet home. My favorite projects involve restoring and refinishing furniture into beautiful items that embody the life of your home. You’d be surprised by the potential you can find in someone else’s junk!

Make sure to follow Hannah’s blog The Cozy Hearth. You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!