Chicken coop wire mesh works perfectly for display.
The French way of idealizing farm house life has long included chicken coop wire on cabinet and armoire doors. The mesh is open and relatively flexible so — 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 poultry cage charm in any room, as this stack of green-painted coops used to house a collection of ceramic chicken egg-nest casseroles illustrates. 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)
Allison showed other examples of Chicken Wire Chic last Fall.