chippy growth ruler

This post is all about finding easy ways to get the look I want while avoiding certain steps! I wanted to create a chippy paint finish, but I wanted to avoid using milk paint. Why? As much as I love milk paint, it's really a huge pain in the butt to dissolve into water. The worst part is, it settles out of solution as you're using it, so you constantly have to whisk the mixture. And even though the milk paint I use is super safe, I don't feel comfortable using a cooking whisk to mix the paint. I just really like when I don't have to make my own paint. So this is where Country Chic Paint steps in and saves the day!


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? Great question, I used Country Chic Paint Glaze in Smokey Quartz. It's made for applying over a coat of paint in order to give it 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.

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

I let the chippy paint dry overnight, and then applied these decals by Little Acorns! She sells super cute decals that you can use to make your own DIY growth ruler. The perfect project for a DIY beginner (Or a lazy, more experienced DIYer, like me). She provides the step-by-step instructions for the basic materials you need and the application process, so there are no questions! After you measure out where you want the decals to go, you literally peel, place, rub, and remove. It's that easy! I included a quote by E. E. Cummings: "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." Isn't that such a cute, fitting quote for this project?

Once the decals were set, I applied a coat of Tough Coat to seal the deal! Tough Coat needs to cure for about a week, but other than that, the growth ruler is finished!


Now for everyone who had the patience to read this post, I have a special treat for you! I partnered with Rosanna at Little Acorns to bring you a discount code! The decals are already super affordable as is, but now you can get them for even less. Check out her shop at and use the code DIY30 to get 30% off of your purchase! And after you create your own growth ruler, show me below! I'd love to see everyone's completed projects.

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