Magnetic Race Car Growth Chart

Magnetic Race Car Growth Chart by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Friends! You are making me blush! Thank you so, so much for all of your sweet comments about the crazy hectic blog mayhem that happened on Monday and resulted in a whole new look for the blog! I was nervous about how it would go, but you all have been so encouraging and I just love you to pieces!

And now, a confession: I kind of cheated on this week’s challenge. Our theme for the Get Your DIY On link party is a $20 thrifted upcycle. Mine didn’t come from a thrift store. I got it for FREE!!! Woo-hoo! A couple weeks ago my sister texted me and asked if I wanted this growth chart that they were getting rid of at her work:

Magnetic Race Car Growth Chart by Just a Girl and Her Blog

I was about to text her back, “No! I’m trying to get rid of junk in my house, not add more!” when I had a vision. I remembered seeing those super cool magnetic racetrack walls on Pinterest, like this one from Cutesy Crafts:

Cutesy Crafts Magnetic Road Wall

While I wasn’t ready to commit to a whole wall, I thought that the C’s would love a growth chart where we marked their height with magnetic cars, so I told my sister I’d take it and set out to create a fun little decor item for the Cs’ room. Along with my free growth chart, here’s what I used for this project:

Magnetic Race Car Growth Chart by Just a Girl and Her Blog

1. Paint {I used black wall paint and white and yellow acrylic paint since that’s what I had on hand.} and Brushes

2. Magnetic Paint {I used Martha Stewart brand, found at Michael’s.} and Magnets

3. Painter’s Tape

4. Numbers, Printed on Card Stock

5. Toy Cars {Buy the cheap ones from the dollar store! They’re lighter and stick more easily!}

6. Glue Gun

Step 1- Hot Glue Magnets to the Cars

I did this step first so I could test the cars’ magnetic ability while I was creating my chart. I used one large magnet and one small magnet on the back of each car. I found that one magnet wasn’t “sticky” enough and three magnets made it too heavy, so two it was!

Magnetic Race Car Growth Chart by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Step 2- Paint Your Piece of Wood with Magnetic Paint {over and over and over again}

I began by applying the magnetic paint to my growth chart. The container recommended two or three coats, but I tested out the cars along the way and ended up doing five coats {using all of my paint} to really make them stick.

Magnetic Race Car Growth Chart by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Step 3- Paint It Black

I only used one coat of black paint because it covered well, and I was worried that if I used more than that the board would lose some of its magnetic quality.

Step 4- Mark Out the Lines and Tape It Up

Here’s where it gets a little tricky to explain. I wanted the board to look as much like a road as possible while still having the growth chart hash marks down the middle. I enlisted handy hubby to help me mark off the lines and tape them off. First we measured in 1/4″ from each edge and measured for a 1/4″ wide line going down each side. {These will become the white guidelines on our “road.”} After we did all of our measuring, we taped off those lines.

Next we measured and taped off a 1″ wide strip down the middle for our hash marks. we marked out each inch in pencil, then measured 1/8″ above and 1/8″ below our marked line so that each hash mark would be 1/4″ high. Since our painter’s tape was too wide to tape off every inch at the same time, we began by taping off every other inch.

Magnetic Race Car Growth Chart by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Step 5- Seal the Tape Lines

I have read a million tutorials about painting stripes on walls, and the bloggers always recommend sealing the tape lines by painting a thin coat of the base color over the edges in order to create really crisp, clean lines with no bleeding. I figured if it worked on walls, it would work on my itty bitty little growth chart too, so I painted over the edges of my tape with black paint to seal them.

Magnetic Race Car Growth Chart by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Step 6- Paint the Lines!

Now that everything was finally prepped, it was time to paint the guidelines white and the hash marks yellow. I first tried spray paint for my yellow lines because I thought it would be quicker, but it came out really splotchy and icky. I ended up using acrylic paint for both the white and yellow lines, and I was very pleased with how it turned out.

Magnetic Race Car Growth Chart by Just a Girl and Her Blog

{The tape sealing method ended up working really well! There were a few small spots that I had to touch up, but for the most part, it worked like a charm!}

Step 7- Tape and Paint the Remaining Hash Marks

We can’t just measure every other inch! Once the paint dried, hubby helped me mark off the opposite hash marks so that I could paint those as well.

Magnetic Race Car Growth Chart by Just a Girl and Her Blog

{This is when it’s partially taped, so you can see how we’re taping off in between our existing hash marks.}

Step 8- Add the Numbers

A stencil would work just fine for this. Since I didn’t have one, though, I went back to my old chalk transfer method that I described in my monogrammed onesies post, using chalk on the back of my card stock numbers to create an outline on my growth chart. I then filled in the outline freehand.

Magnetic Race Car Growth Chart by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Step 9- Admire your work!

I admit, this project ended up being more work than I imagined for a simple growth chart, but I LOVE how it turned out!

Magnetic Race Car Growth Chart by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Magnetic Race Car Growth Chart by Just a Girl and Her Blog

And the C’s love it too, which of course was the ultimate goal!

Magnetic Race Car Growth Chart by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Oh, and I couldn’t leave you without a good old before and after, so here ya go:

Magnetic Race Car Growth Chart by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Connor will be displaying his new magnetic race car growth chart proudly at the Get Your DIY On link party this Sunday, September 22nd at 7 pm EST! He hopes you’ll come by and join him with your $20 thrifted project! And speaking of thrifted projects, check out the gorgeousness my co-hostesses came up with:

Magnetic Race Car Growth Chart by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Upcycled Homework Station by Krista at The Happy Housie

Three-Tiered Wood Trays by April at House by Hoff

Upcycled Stool by Mandy at The Hankful House

Old Fence to New Tray by Christy at Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer

Have you upcycled anything lately?

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I link up at Inspire Me Please and these fun parties!

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Comments

    • says

      Thanks, Laura! I have so many “planned” projects, but it’s so hard to get to them all, right?! I am planning on keeping track of past heights. I’m thinking of either making little flags (to go with the race car theme) with the date and height on it to attach or just keep track in their baby books. We’ll see how creative I’m feeling, lol! Hope you have a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

    • says

      Lol! I don’t know if they would say I am cool, but they do like their new growth chart! (Mom is never cool to her own kids, right? Haha) Thanks so much, Krista! I hope you’re having a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  1. says

    It’s so funny how I’m at blog hops and always end up clicking on your posts! I must really love your content! Sometime soon we’re going to put my son in a big boy race car bed and I can’t wait to use that as an excuse to re-decorate his bedroom. This race car growth chart will be the perfect addition to his room!
    Would you mind to link this up to my blog hop? I would love to see this there! Thanks!
    Carrie From Carrie This Home recently posted…Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop 42My Profile

  2. says

    This chart is so stinkn’ cute, Abby! You did such an awesome job. I’m sure your boys love playing with the cars. You come up with the best projects!
    Thanks so much for sharing at the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!
    Katie

    • says

      Thank you, Sarah! I am definitely outnumbered by the boys over here, so mostly boy stuff it is, lol! Hope you’re having a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by!

      ~Abby =)

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