Furniture + Chicken Wire = Winning Combination

Have you ever worked on a project for so long that it feels like eternity? Then once its finally complete you're just so excited not because it came out great, but because its finally over? That happened to us with this piece, and I think Jason was more excited than I was once finished. The reason why is because we had completely finished this piece one way last week and I didn't like it. I had completely sanded, stained, poloy coated and re assembled this bad boy. Only to stand back and say NOPE don't like it so it was back to the drawing board and I was completely blank on inspiration.

 Skip to one day while I was out making my daily rounds at Goodwill I decided to stop at a local used furniture store near Jacksonville Beach. Where something caught my eye, it was a tiny kitchen cabinet attached to a little cart (Don't ask)! Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me, and the actually piece wasn't done correctly. But their idea of using a certain material was genius and I wanted to try it!

What was this material? CHICKEN WIRE
In the words of one of our facebook commenter's "I love redneck furniture"

My only problem was If I used chicken wire it wouldn't go well with the stain on the dinning room cabinet and I really wanted to use the chicken wire. We compared different wood stains and paint colors next to some chicken wire we had in our shed (I have no recollection of ever buying chicken wire).
After many attempts at matching up colors I finally settled down with leaving the inside of the cabinet stain the same. I also decided on a white with blue undertones paint color by Behr, but I left with a completely different color than I had originally planned. Say hello to Irish Stone by Behr. Its sooo pretty!
I also needed more chicken wire and they had tiny rolls perfect for this project for $7.99 at Home Depot. I only needed two rolls and some new hardware for the furniture. The hardware and chicken wire needed to be the same metal material. I lucked up and found some pulls and knobs that matched and I loved them!


After a weekend alone with my china cabinet because Jason refused to help the second time till it came to the chicken wire. I cant blame him he was pretty upset that we redid a whole project after completely finishing it one way. Some odd hours painting. Wrestling with chicken wire and losing alot of that battle. Attaching the new hardware. I was very pleased with the new and improved cabinet. Its now sitting against my deep red wall and the contrast of the colors just makes a statement. I love the texture of the chicken wire, and deciding to have the inside of the cabinet a different color was a great touch. Not too much stain but just enough.


Before and how we originally got it from my grandmother. Sorry I don't have a picture after we completed this piece the first go around.





Once completed and looking at it I literally thought I heard The Muses from Hercules harmonizing in my head.



 Next weekend we will be working with the table, then maybe on to building some custom parson style chairs.

My question to you is: What are your thoughts on chicken wire? Have you used it for anything besides it's original purpose?


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40 comments:

  1. I'm so glad it turn out well after all your hard work. Not having a house to call my own I've never worked on a project on such a large scale as this, but once I do I'll be all over things like this! It seems like you can do some interesting things with chicken wire

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    1. Whenever that happens I cant wait to see what you do. :)

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  2. clever and I love it! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo

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  3. I love it! I purchased some aged tin to do punched tin inserts on two cabinets in my kitchen, but, it hasn't happened yet. And don't feel bad about a project being left out and undone, I have a settee that has been sitting in my living room on a table, no less, and still isn't completely reupholstered!

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  4. This is a great piece! I love chicken wire...love it! I love before and after shots too. Had a great time my friend!

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  5. Love, love this idea! I have a china cabinet that is so boring, this is giving me ideas! Great pictures too.

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    1. Thank you Carmen I hope you use chicken wire on your cabinet. I'm inlove with mine now because of it. And as far as the pictures go I snap all the pictures with my Canon camera. I stood ontop of a ladder to get those shots. Oh the things we do for our blog.

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  6. Super nice redo! I love seeing unexpected elements in upcycles. poped by from Paint Party,...lets connect!

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    1. Thank you Brenda. I'll be sure to head on over and connect to your blog.

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  7. Wow! this project came out so wonderful. Love it.

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  8. This came out gorgeous! Such amazing work!

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  9. I love the chicken wire. I also love the Hercules reference because I imagine my muses in the same manner.

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    1. lol thank you! Glad you enjoyed the Hercules reference.

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  10. Your makeovers never cease to amaze me! Clever and charming!

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    1. We're glad you like them. Wait till you see what we finish next.

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  11. Beautiful! You did a great job Jamie and Jason! Looks so good against the red wall. I am now a Follower of your Blog. Feel free to link up any of your wonderful creations at the Creative Monday Blog Hop that I host. It goes live every Sunday afternoon. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you for the follow. I'll be sure to link up.

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  12. You did an amazing job! Love the added chicken wire. Pinning. Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty!

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  13. I have some old clippings from Better Homes and Gardens about the many uses for chicken wire. Very similar to what you did here. It looks marvelous. Enjoy!!! Found you on That Friday Blog Hop. Following you Pinterest so that I can continue to see your projects come to life.

    Barbara @ www.allmylivesnow.com

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    1. Thank you for following us on pinterest. I looked up chicken wire furniture while doing this project and was amazed at what its used for.

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  14. I love this idea. The white paint really gives it a fresh look. I would like to do something like this, but I think I would like to paint the inside with a pop of color...maybe red? So cute.

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    1. I thought about using a red wood stain for the inside but thought it might be too much. Glad you like the ideas.

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  15. Wow the chicken wire looks great! Just started following your blog and love it maybe you would like to check us out and follow back?
    www.ourlondonwardrobe.com
    xx

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  16. Turned out great! I'd love if you'd link up to The DIY'ers! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-diyers-and-weekend.html

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  17. It turned out great. Who would have thought of using chicken wire?!!

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  18. Beautiful! I love to troll the goodwills & garage sales. Unfortunately I have no way to get the stuff home as I have a very small 2 door Alero. You should of seen the day I put a kiddie table and two chairs in the car. The table was upside down and I had to lift it with my arm every time I wanted to turn a corner or put the car in gear. Good thing I was only a few miles from home! LOL

    I'm following you now - would love a visit back when you have a chance. BTW be sure to check out the Tech Timeout link on the linky. =D Would love to have you sign up too!

    Tina "the book lady'
    http://givingnsharing.blogspot.com (tech timeout)
    http://familyliteracy2.blogspot.com

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  19. Love how your project turned out! Also love the idea of using chicken wire, lends a country French quality which is totally my style! I have bookmarked your blog so I can enjoy more beautiful before and afters...thank you!

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  20. You did a great job, love this :) Thanks ofr sharing with us at Creative Mondays, featuring and pinning this week at the hop :)

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  21. Great idea and it really looks special! I never would have thought of that. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend.

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  22. Love the chicken wire! I'm wanting to use some but haven't figured out where yet.

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    1. Well when ever you do use chicken wire get some really thick gloves. We learned the hard way. :)

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  23. Beautiful! You did such a great job! Thanks so much for linking up to Made With Love!!!Leather Button Beds

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