How to Create a Chicken Wire Screen Room Divider

I'm attempting to restyle the room divider screen I have in my kitchen.

 It matched the old kitchen wallpaper and since I just tore down all the old wallpaper, I thought I'd do something new and creative with the screen.

The fact that the inserts in the screen were cardboard made it a little easier...

A few punches and I was through...

How about some chicken wire? 

It's flexible, inexpensive and textural. 

It is easy to work with but the only problem is that
they don't make chicken wire that rusts anymore. 

I bought a can of rust colored spray paint and if you've ever tried to paint chicken wire, let me tell you, it is not easy!

As a matter of fact, it is darn near impossible! 

Picture this... I wrestled 3 pieces of chicken wire that kept rolling up and then tried to hold it down to a board and spray paint it.

The fact that there is a foot of snow still on the ground here didn't help the situation...Need I say more?

Here's the wire, not as rust colored as I had hoped it would be and definitely not as rust colored as I was.

Anyway...I finished it. I was covered with paint and all scratched up but the chicken wire was not shiny and new anymore. 

When it was dry...
(well almost, what the heck I was already covered with paint...)
I stapled it to each of the 3 sections of the screen.

I also hammered nails onto the middle section and wound wire around them to make a place to hang photos.

The left side holds a sign...and maybe I'm thinking, 
a small chalkboard.

On the right hangs a bulletin board I made.

 Here is the finished screen... 
It came out looking just like I hoped it would before 
started on this mess!

I'm a little beat up but I'm happy
with the results!


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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .