The French way of idealizing farm house life has long included chicken wire mesh on cabinet and armoire doors. The mesh — of chicken coop fame — is open and relatively flexible. Unlike protective screening found on pie safes or bread boxes it’s great in dry spaces and quite elegant on a shallow white glassware cabinet tucked sideways onto the end of a kitchen cabinet wall [top].
There’s no denying chicken wire mesh has poultry cage charm in any room, as this stack of green-painted coops illustrates. Stacked to house a collection of ceramic chicken egg-nest casseroles it’s a great find! Can’t you just hear all the rooster-lovers out there cackling about how to create something as stunning as this?
On a practical note, there’s nothing like an authentic weathered gray farmhouse cabinet used for dishware storage in this vintage French kitchen. To protect one section, just tack a small tablecloth to the door!
I’m a bit stumped by the notion of putting garden-y accessories in a wire wall shelf as sweet as this one with its peaked room topped by a finial. But the two crafty sisters, who showed it as a DIY tutorial on their blog, had other ideas. I’d be looking for little chicks or decorated eggs to show off on those shelves even though I don’t have any. My house somehow escaped the lure of the barnyard, except at the dinner table. “Are you a chicken person,” Julia Child asked me the first time we met? “Absolutely,” I replied, “it’s one of my favorite foods.” On walls though, I’ve always gone for fish, fruit or flowers and my ceramic casseroles are plain. Perhaps I’m not chicken enough.
(Sources: bhg, ivillage, Maisons Coté Sud via aesthetically-thinking, craftysisters-nc)
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