Here’s a throwback DIY tutorial for! This has been my most popular project over the past 5 years… chicken wire frames! I first published this on August 4, 2014, and people have been reading and making these ever since. Actually, these are so easy I didn’t even take step-by-step photos. First, let’s take a look at the before photos.
I just don’t understand why Bikeman didn’t want this beautiful vintage “painting” hanging in our living room.
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Frames are easy to find and usually pretty inexpensive. I got all the ones shown here for $5 or less. Even the giant one with the beautiful “painting”. If there is a canvas or illustration on a board you’ll need to pull out the fasteners on the back. Sometimes these are just staples. Use some pliers and just make sure you don’t drop any on the ground where you could step on them later. (Ask me how I know that…)
Supplies Needed for DIY Chicken Wire Frames
Wipe down the frame to remove any dust. Then just slap on a little paint. For these three frames I used CeCe Caldwell’s Memphis Blue and Vintage White. The turquoise one is my own homemade “chalk” paint. You can find the recipe here. You can see in the close ups how carefully I brushed on the paint. I was going for a shabby look so each frame got one coat of paint and a little wet distressing. I waxed the white frame and used my faithful Minwax polycrylic on the two blue ones.
After drying, I flipped these over and rolled my chicken wire on top. I used wire cutters to cut it to size then stapled it in. NOTE: I used the shortest staples I could find, 1/4″. If the frame is very thin where I need to staple I angle them back toward the thicker part of the wood. Some of the wire ends were still sticking out so I turned them under with my pliers.
OK, so now that I look at them, they do look a lot better than the before photo. And I still have that beautiful painting! Maybe it will appear on the blog again if I can figure out what to do with it. Let me know if you have any ideas.
These chicken wire frames are great for storing, displaying, and organizing jewelry, making mood boards, hanging Christmas cards or other holiday decor, or as a family message board.
If you enjoyed these chicken wire frames, you might also like these:
- Thrift Store Frames to Jewelry Displays
- More Painted Thrift Store Frames
- 21 Things to do with Thrift Store Frames
- 25 Things You Should ALWAYS Buy at Thrift Stores
Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to sign up for my email list below so you won’t miss any of my thrift store makeovers! Originally published August 4, 2014 and featured on Share Sunday 41 at Our Rosie Life, Linky Party #214 @ Boogieboard Cottage, Skip the Housework Link Party #56, Ben Franklin Crafts Shop Monroe, 7 Charming Chicken Wire Crafs on Life as a Mama.
‘Til the next project,
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim