High Wire Acts

glassware display kitchen cabinet with wire-mesh doorChicken 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].

wire-mesh chicken coops used to display a ceramic chicken collectionThere’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?

vintage French farmhouse kitchen armoire with wire-mesh doorsOn 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!

chicken wire display cabinet with peaked roof and finialI’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.

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3 Responses to High Wire Acts

  1. Bolso.me March 26, 2012 at 5:38 am #

    I remember from my infancy my grandmother’s cabinets to protect the sausages. After all I think I prefer these versions. ;)

  2. Tricia Rose March 26, 2012 at 7:14 am #

    I have liked the idea of chicken wire fronts for years, but haven’t done it ever! Maybe because I don’t have much that is decorative – or not wanting to open and close a door which doesn’t even keep dust out.


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