A DIY Rusty Chicken Wire Solution

Did you ever notice how darn shiny chicken wire is when you buy it? 

A roll of chicken wire

Well no more!

I've found something that works to get the shine off...

Once upon a time I tried to paint chicken wire, if you need a good laugh today, check out this procedure.

Snow with spray paint in it

I'll try anything once...

So now, older and wiser... I've found something you can buy at the craft store that takes the shine off and makes it look old!


I started out by wrapping some chicken wire around an jar to get a cylindrical shape.

A roll of chicken wire and jar of buttons

Making a tube with the chicken wire

Too shiny for me!...

So I tried Sophisticated Finishes Rust Antiquing Solution. 

Bottle of Sophisticated finishes and roll of chicken wire

It is a clear watery solution that actually turns the chicken wire black when it touches the metal... instant aging!

I don't know what's in it but it is magic!

Roll of chicken wire with a patina

Cool... a basket for something??!

I used it to get the shine off the square wire I used for this gorgeous apple picking crate.

wooden crate of apples

See how old and rustic it makes the "new" wire look?

Wooden crate of apples showing wire bottom with a patina

Have fun with this great new find, 
I know I'll be using it again!
It is way easier than wrestling chicken wire in the snow!

I hope you enjoyed this project and you'll take a look at my Amazon Shop for craft supplies I recommend. Also while you're here please sign up for the Homeroad emails on my sidebar so I can send my latest DIY post straight to you. 


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. .


  1. AHHHH...You just made me very happy!! I told a friend a couple of weeks ago.. "surely there is something you can put on this to make it look old!" Yep...it was chicken wire we were talking about!! THANK YOU!!!!!! :)

  2. Youare the QUEEN of creating that aged look! Love that you share your tricks! Thanks!

  3. That is one cool product thanks so much for sharing this with us...I'm going to have to buy some for myself!

  4. This is awesome!! Instant age! I love it!!

  5. I LOVE this stuff and use it all the time. I'm new to your blog and a follower.

  6. Fabulous! This is just what I need. Thanks! Lisa~

  7. Thanks for the tip! I will definitely use it!!!

  8. Awesome!!!! I have been wondering how to fix that!!!

  9. What a delightful tip. Thanks bunches. ♥Olive

  10. pretty cool technique
    for getting that aged look

    thanks for sharing at fridays unfolded!


  11. What a great tip, I have chicken wire that I was planning on painting. You have saved me! Thanks for sharing this, Laura Cottage and Broome. Will be your newest follower.

  12. Where do you get the solution? It Seems great...and I want some!


  13. You are a magician! The basket is terrific!

    Thanks for sharing your magic tips at Potpourri Friday!

  14. Thanks for sharing! I only wish I had seen it sooner. I literally have spray painted chicken wire drying on my patio as we speak :) Next time I guess!

  15. Great tip, I'm sure it will be well copied! I know I will try it, Thanks!

  16. Great idea. I wish I could find a hutch to put chicken wire in. I love that look too. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  17. I just know my grandparents are groaning in their graves wondering what the world has come to that we are fascinated with rust and aged things being fashionable.
    Back then it was a source of pride to have everything shiny and new.
    Still, I hope they will be happy I enjoy honoring the past by keeping pieces of it in my home.

  18. Fantastic post and I've got it linked to my chicken wire post too today - well done!

  19. Thank you for sharing Susan! I used your method to age some chicken wire on a media cabinet that I just refinished. Very helpful!


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