How to Install Chicken Wire Into a Hutch

Did you love my custom Duck Egg hutch as much as I did? How about another before and after?

duck egg hutchI absolutely love the way it turned out, especially the chicken wire. That took the beauty to a whole new level. There is something so lovely about combining a rich color with a rustic metal like chicken wire. The contrast is wonderful. And it makes a typically fancy piece feel more at home in a eat-in kitchen like my client’s.

I have used chicken wire in my own home as well…

For this garage sale frame

photo 5 (16)This vintage door turned frame

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And this DIY chicken wire cloche

photo 4 (53)But here is how I installed the chicken wire into this hutch.

chicken wire hutchMy husband and his friend removed the glass by prying off the trim around the inside of the glass. I did not participate in this because I am prone to accidents and could just imagine myself slicing my hand open.

After that was done and the whole hutch was painted and waxed, I set to the chicken wire.

IMG_0846I gathered the following supplies: roll of chicken wire (found at any hardware store), wire cutters, measuring tape, and staple gun.

IMG_0850I decided I could staple the chicken wire to the inside of the hutch instead of into the frame where the glass was and this would save me a lot of time, headache, and potential stapling issues.

IMG_0849So I measured each window and snipped off a piece accordingly, adding an inch or two to the length and height.

IMG_0851 IMG_0852I would recommend wearing long sleeves, jeans, and work gloves for this, because I was big time scratched up (and bleeding a little) by the end. That wire is hard to control.

photo(15)Then I started stapling! I made sure to keep it straight by following a “seam.” I also try to pull it taught so there is not much give or wave in the panel.

IMG_0853 IMG_0854 IMG_0855I used the wire cutters to trim off any excess.

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IMG_0859When it was all done it looked awesome and I was so glad my client had wanted this look!

IMG_0868 IMG_0865 IMG_0862What do you think? Do you like the look of chicken wire? Have you used it for anything lately? I would love to hear from you!

Linked up to Thrifty Decor Chick and Liz Marie Blog and Miss Mustard Seed

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3 thoughts on “How to Install Chicken Wire Into a Hutch

  1. And to think that I thought it required wood trim and 45 degree angles…I must remember to not over think these things. Thanks for the “easier” way to do this! Pinning for the day that I do finally get a hutch.

  2. I LOVE this! And I love all things chicken wire! I have the framed chicken wire jewelry holder which I love and I have several other places in my home adorned with chicken wire!

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