Finding its way from the barnyard into the main house, this material has some homeowners crowing.
When we were building our cottage, I mentioned using chicken wire on two hutches in our kitchen. I was met with a blank stare. Would it have sounded better in French or Italian? Probably not in my southern accent. Whether it’s fabric backed or as-is, chicken wire is being used in many decorating styles. The khaki-green lake house guest bath [above] is by designer Barbara Westbrook. She created a casual sink cabinet with visible towel storage. The marble top mimics a vintage washstand with the shelf and side brackets.
A washed French blue armoire is another bathroom piece, but it could be placed in any room of a country, shabby, eclectic or coastal home. Ceramic canisters and a woven basket help hide clutter.
This soft gray built-in armoire features gathered fabric to conceal hanging clothes and lined baskets. Fabric could also be used to hide electronic equipment, allowing it to breathe and without blocking infrared remote access.
One incentive to stay organized is by keeping everything out in the open. A vintage wooden cabinet has a pair of large doors with center stiles. Just remember, the larger the piece of chicken wire, the more carefully it will need to be installed. While the openness of these doors are attractive, if they are accessed (or pushed on) by children or pets, the wire could become stretched.
Many are choosing to add chicken wire inserts on cabinets used to store tableware. A common question on kitchen/decorating forums is “just how dusty do those items become?” Having the wire on our pine hutch doors, I can attest that dishes do become dusty if not used regularly and glassware does become coated with that greasy-like film if it’s only for display. As long as you know going in that extra cleaning (or regular usage) of items displayed behind chicken wire will be required, it’s not a big deal.
Our black coffee station hutch has a small pair of doors hinged on top, lifting up to open. I decided to knock the shine off the wire with leftover cabinet glaze. If you would like to see both of my hutches in our French Gray Island Kitchen, click and scroll down to the last two pictures.