Chicken Wire Bookcase

Awhile back I acquired this very country inspired garage sale bookcase. It sat out in my garage for quite some time while I was trying to feel inspired to do something, anything with it. I just wasn’t feeling it. It was oak and there was a cut out of a heart at the top….nothing wrong with either just none of which is my style at all.
I was working on getting some larger furniture pieces cranked out for my booth at Sweet Repeats and came across this forgotten bookcase. I decided it was time to just tackle it and come up with a game plan. Of course I forgot to get a before picture….just imagine it oak and plain! Got it? Okay moving on.
I gave the bookcase a Heirloom White makeover from head to toe and a little distressing. However it needed something more, it just wasn’t special enough. Hummmm…….CHICKEN WIRE…….of course!!!
I (and by that I mean my hubby) attached some good ole chicken wire to the back of the entire bookcase. The second it was attached I was thrilled with it!
Of course you may be thinking to yourself, this doesn’t exactly deter from the “country” feeling of the bookcase. However, I often feel that sometimes you just shouldn’t fight it and go with what you have to work with!
Of course I had a lot of fun decorating it for this photo shoot. I pulled and grabbed items from my house and in the end was sorta wishing that I could just leave it all just as it was and find a great place to display it. Alas, this chicken wire bookcase is headed to my space and will hopefully find itself a new home that will love it as much as I ended up loving it!
Linking up to these great link parties!!!


  1. Love it…looks fantastic! It is giving me some ideas with items I didn’t know what to do with either! Thanks for sharing. Diane

  2. Chicken wire! That’s an amazing idea. I love it, and I am a hardcore heart cut-out hater! Thanks to you, I’ll be taking a second look at the ubiquitous heart shelves! The wire back changes everything.

  3. Love this re-do! Your shelves are filled with very cool items!

  4. Beautiful! I can imagine the “before,” and your makeover with the paint and chicken wire is excellent! You pulled together the perfect accessories for it. Thanks for linking up to the 1st Project of the Year Party!

  5. Very cute. Loved the staging too!


  6. it turned out wonderful i love it, i put chicken wire in my kitchen cuboard doors a while back instead of glass i love the rustic look of it xxx

  7. Sooo cute. Great idea!! Thanks for sharing it!

  8. how clever. simple but nice

    Ces of

  9. Creative, country-chic! Lovin’ the chicken wire!

    How sweet 🙂

    Visiting from Craft-O-Maniac MONDAY link PARTY and thanks for sharing:D
    Smiles, Suzanne in NW Illinois

  10. YAY!!! Thank you for giving me the perfect idea of what to do my with my nearly-exact same book case! Mine is shorter and wider than yours, but I don’t need a Before shot to know what yours looked like. This is too stinkin cute!

  11. This is so, so cute! Love the idea! Thanks for sharing!

  12. SUPER CUTE, Courtney. I have been wanting to try some chicken wire in a project and now I just HAVE to!
    Come link up at my party-open till Monday night..pretty please?

  13. Well of course you are thrilled – it is the perfect touch!!

  14. I love it! Everything looks better with chicken wire!

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