Chicken Wire Isn’t Just for Chickens

Chicken wire isn’t just for chickens, but of course you are so smart…you already knew that!  Today I’m sharing a quick little redo on a cabinet I found at the thrift store for five dollars.

I started with this $5 thrift store beauty:

And here is her beauty shot:

Cabinet updated with a little paint and chicken wire

I snatched this right up and was so excited to show my mom (who was with me at the time), but she raised her nostril so high (not a good sign, I can assure you), that I almost put it back. Almost. But I had faith.

(By the way, here’s a fun experiment to try: Raise a nostril  like you really don’t like something you see. Now try to raise the opposite nostril the same way.  It’s near impossible, right? That makes me laugh just trying to do it!)

Here is the inside before:


I’m not sure what this little cabinet was intended to display. The shelves were only about two inches deep!

I whacked those babies out and replaced them with two simpler shelves that fit better…

Cabinet updated with a little paint and chicken wire

I kept the same knob. It works with this cabinet.


I used frog tape to tape off my diamond pattern and painted right over the hardware.

Cabinet updated with a little paint and chicken wire

I love the harlequin pattern. It adds a touch of whimsy.

Cabinet updated with a little paint and chicken wire

As does the chicken wire.

Cabinet updated with a little paint and chicken wire

This could be perfect in a kitchen to hold spices; in a bathroom to hold nail polish, perfumes, or other toiletries; or even in an office to hold extra supplies.

You can also use the wire front as a message board using clothespins to hold things in place!

A little paint in a fun pattern and some chicken wire update this thrift store charmer perfectly!

I’m also excited to share that I am back in the show circuit. After an eight year hiatus, I decided on a whim to apply for the big Christmas Market in our area  and was accepted! Now I need to get some inventory going. This cabinet will be a fun addition! What do you think?




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  1. Christy, this is fantastic!! What a beautiful job you did and I love the harlequin pattern. I think this will be a wonderful addition!! Thanks for sharing – I’m pinning and tweeting about this beauty. 🙂 Have a wonderful Sunday!

  2. Sweet upcycle! I have a roll in the barn just waiting to be used. Plus I have an old tall gun cabinet that I’ve been wondering what to do with… ideas!

  3. Christy this is amazing! It will sell in a heart beat 🙂

  4. Linda D. says

    Wish you lived closer! I’d snap this up in a heartbeat!

  5. Okay, I love the cabinet, and you crack me up…Yes, I was sitting here reading the post trying to do the nostril thing….

  6. What a fantastic re-do! I love what you did with this piece, especially the chicken wire and the sides! Perfect! Hugs, Leena

  7. What a fabulous makeover, Christy! You had a vision with this and it turned out beautifully!

    Take care,


  8. Love the cabinet…especially when seeing the “before” pic and I really like how you added the chicken wire! You did a great job! Thanks for sharing….

  9. Very cute little cabinet! I’ve got one sitting in the garage that’s in need of a chicken wire treatment, too. Love the makeover!

    • Thanks, Vickie! I’ll admit, chicken wire isn’t the easiest to work with (or the most fun), but I love the charm it adds! Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  10. Love it! Fabulous vision. Congrats on the Christmas Market…can you believe I’ve never been to it! lol (I don’t think I have anyway!) But I’ll have to go this year! 😉

    It was sunny…and I just heard a rumble, fabulous. 😉
    Hope you are doing well! And thanks for sharing this on Project Inspired! Pinned!

    • It’s at the VB Conference Center at the oceanfront (the old Pavillion). It’s the weekend after Thanksgiving which will be here before we know it! I’m super excited, but I need to get working! 🙂

  11. love your little cabinet. don’t know how you will part with it. I can see so many uses for it.

  12. This is so awesome!

  13. Loved this one also! Wow! Great ideas! And congrats on the Christmas Market! 😉

    Have a great Friday!

    -Sofia @

  14. Beautiful makeover, Christy! Love the black and white ~ harlequin/diamond patterns are my favorite. I really love that you changed out the glass on the door to chicken wire, too. What a big difference. I’ll bet your Mom thinks it looks great now! : )

  15. I love it! You did such a fabulous job!! I don’t know how you will part with it!! I don’t think I would be able to! Thanks for linking up with us at our LOBS Link Party! Following you now!!

  16. Suburbsmama says

    What a beautiful transformation. Thank you so much for linking up to my linky party. Hope to see more from you next time.

  17. Wonderful transformation! I probably wouldn’t have looked twice at the cabinet before! Thanks for sharing and blessings to you, Patti@OldThingsNew

  18. Looks marvelous! The wire adds such charm 🙂

    Thanks so much for linking up at the party,
    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!

  19. Wow, looks great! I can’t believe your mother would raise her nostril at that! Couldn’t she see the future of it? hahaha Love the chicken wire. I was going to do that with my kitchen cupboards but since I actually live on a farm where it’s so stinkin’ dusty I decided maybe not. LOL But now I’ve got something else to look for thanks to you.

    • Thanks, Toodie! My mom is silly sometimes…she has only recently ventured into the thrift stores with me. She used to wait in the car if I wanted to stop!! So I guess she’s making progress ha ha! This was a fun project. Thanks for visiting!

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    We have a giveaway going on right now so its perfect timing! You can enter to win some vintage pretties!
    Have a good evening! See you soon!

  21. Hi there,
    I have a question for you. I have an antique wood cabinet with a glass front–it may have been a medicine cabinet. What’s weird is there are NO shelves. I need shelves 🙂 How did you add shelves to this cabinet? I’m also afraid of damaging the cabinet in the process.

    • Hi Jen, I cut shelves from 1 X 3s I believe, to fit the cabinet. After painting, I positioned the drawers where I wanted them and drove two small nails into each shelf from the outside, to hold them in place. I don’t think I even filled the tiny holes. You can use a little wood filler if you don’t want holes to show. Hope this helps! XO

  22. Curious what size chicken wire this is … Looking to make a few crafts with cw for teacher gifts and wasn’t sure what size of hexes to use?


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