Chicken Wire Screen

6:00:00 AM

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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  1. Love it! So funny about having MORE paint on you - than the project...we've all been there!!

  2. I like the updated version so much more! Chicken wire is awesome!

  3. I would of never thought to paint the chicken wire! What a great idea! Love this screen. And all the fun details you added to it! A fun piece to add to your home. :) Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Under Ten!

  4. Ha! I loved your story---I can so relate! Makes me wonder if using a brush would be easier in some instances...nah. I LOVE what you did with this screen! It looks amazing and the little doo-dads are awesome. Can I call them that? Is it dood-dads? I don't know.

  5. Susan... great job... love the chicken wire on the screen... I didn't know they make it to where it can't rust anymore... great idea with the paint!


  6. Found your link through At Home w K. This is absolutely genius! I love it. And relatively easy to do, aside from the getting scratched up part. I think I'll wait til the snow melts to try this, though. :)


  7. I love this! What a transformation. The chicken wire looks great. I love the addition of the wire for picture hanging. Perfect!

  8. Ooo!
    I really love the way it turned out!
    I was given one of these quite awhile back but it would have cost to much to repair so I threw it away.
    Now I wish I still had it.

  9. You are a wonder! Really ... this is so you painting in the snow!

  10. II LOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVEEEEEEE this!!!!!! Now to find an old room divider screen somewhere!!!!!!

  11. Love it, coming over from the blog hop at Deja Renew

  12. This is so absolutely adorable! I envy your amazing creativity!

  13. That looks fabulous! Such a great idea! And love the things you added to it. Thanks so much for linking up!

  14. Fabulous job! I really like the look your screen re-do

  15. Fabulous job! I really like the look your screen re-do

  16. That turned out amazing. I love it. I'm your newest follower. It would be great if you could stop by my blog Monday and add your project to The More The Merrier Link Party.

  17. What a fun idea! Thanks

  18. Love the chicken wire! Awesome job!

  19. Love your creativity, what a neat idea!! Please share with my followers, link to my blog bash K.I.S.S. Happy to be a new follower. :)

  20. That is SO.COOL. I love that it could fit into my house without looking "country", even though it essentially is! :D Awesome!


  22. Wow, this is awesome! I love your makeover. And thank you so much for taking time to link to my party over the weekend. Much appreciated!


  23. What a wrestling match! Funny, but I know who won...YOU DID! Great job!

  24. This is such a fun project! It looks great!

  25. GREAT job, Susan! I love this project! Can't believe that you tried to paint it in the snow, girl! lol! But it sure turned out fantastic! I have a tri-screen that had sheer curtains at the top half and beautiful solid wood panels at the bottom. I dumped the sheers and there it's been sitting all empty and asking for something. NOW I know what to do with the top halves!! Thank you! :)

    xoxo laurie

  26. Love your creativity, thanks for linking up to my blog bash K.I.S.S. @ The Tattered Tag. Please link up more of your great ideas tomorrow. :)

    Drop by The Tattered Tag

  27. Very inspiring! Especially since you worked on it in the snow!
    Stop by for a visit :

  28. Fun idea! Thanks for auditioning for American Crafter- good luck:)

  29. What a cool idea ! I could really use something like that in my basement !!

  30. fabulous! Thanks for showing me this! Thinking I would need a third door for it to set right, maybe I could make something for the middle and have the doors on either side?
    Love how yours turned out! Working with chicken wire is NOT fun! (especially in the SNOW)

  31. lol! You're right, Susan! Great minds DO think alike!!! BUT.....I think I stole this idea from YOU!!!!! I couldn't remember where I had seen one --- and here you are! lolol! Thanks!!!!! You rock! ♥

  32. Oh, I can so relate! Chicken wire is a beast to work with~but your screen looks fabulous! I love the wire criss-crossing to hold the photos!

  33. I like this idea. I am looking for fun ways to keep my farmers market booth eye-catching & fresh.

  34. That's too funny! Well, I guess all your trouble was worth it, because it turned out phenomenal. Great job!

  35. I made the chicken wire screen!! Love it!!!!
    Thanks for the idea!!!!


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