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Fall Struck and a Red Chicken Wire Hutch

Fall Struck and a Red Chicken Wire Hutch

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Blog, color, Milk Paint, Painting Furniture | 6 comments

I live in Burlington. A beautiful city in southern Ontario. This region is filled with wineries, the Niagara Escarpment and 900 km of Canada’s oldest and longest foot path; The Bruce Trails.

When Autumn is in the air, the scenery is stunning.

Sure, with the cooler temps, I have to swap my flip-flops for closed toe shoes. But the warm tones of gold, red and orange all blanket the escarpment and make up for it. I’m Fall Struck! And it’s this breath taking fall foliage that inspired me to paint this hutch in a warm red.


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To create the warm variance in tones, I painted with Old Fashion Milk Paint’s ‘Salem Red’ mixed with Miss Mustard Seeds ‘Tricycle Red’. Both these reds are brilliant on their own, but the Tricycle gave the Salem that little extra vibrancy that I wanted…  without being too bright.

The hardware was donated by my sister. Andrea had purchased this hardware for a project and never got around to using these pulls. Lucky me, (or whoever purchases this piece) because they are PERFECT for this hutch. Don’t you agree?




Between my sister and my FB followers, this hutch was a joint effort. The before pic of this hutch is posted on Facebook and I want to thank all of you who chimed in with your chicken wire vote!

I was going to remove the glass to install the chicken wire so I left the two glass panels in place while I painted. Then I realized, the wire looked really good in-behind the glass, so I cleaned the paint off the glass so I could leave the glass installed. A little extra work but well worth it.

After painting the back in a warm Wheat (which will be a great neutral background for anything housed in this cabinet) and a few coats of Annie Sloan Wax, I love the end result!










Look around… inspiration can come from ANYTHING and EVERYTHING!

Feel free to leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my Red Chicken Wire Hutch… and maybe share what’s been inspiring you lately!

Enjoy your day and Happy Painting!

Denise x

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Quick-Tip-Tuesday: Paint Brush Cleaning Made Easy

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Blog, How To Tips, Quick Tip Tuesday | 3 comments

Happy Tuesday and thanks for dropping by!

You’ll probably agree, spending time cleaning a paint brush is NOT fun. This is why I was happy to find this little quick-tip in a back issue of The Family Handyman.

Simply run the paint brush under water BEFORE painting. This makes the clean-up of latex (water based) paints, primers and finishes a breeze…. and saves time!




Do you have any tips or tricks for easy paint brush clean up?

If you haven’t checked out The Family Handyman magazine or online version, it’s a great resource for DIY projects.

I’ll be back tomorrow to share another “fall-foliage” inspired chicken wire hutch and if you missed last weeks Q-T-T, you can catch it here.

Have a terrific Tuesday and Happy Painting!

Denise x



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Past Meets Present Trend: Replace Glass with Chicken Wire The Safe Way!

Past Meets Present Trend: Replace Glass with Chicken Wire The Safe Way!

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Blog, Furniture Repair, How To Tips, Tools | 1 comment

The most common use for chicken wire is for making chicken coops. But did you know, in the past, chicken wire was often used on furniture?

In the good ol’ days, before modern day food storage and refrigeration, poultry netting was commonly used on hutch/pantry doors. The purpose was to let fresh air circulate around the stored root vegetables while providing a barrier to keep them in place.

Today we have better ways of storing and preserving our food, but the ‘look’ of this country charm furniture has made a trendy come back.

Do an online search and you’ll find designer shops and furniture craftsman charging between $1500-$8000 for furniture adorned with chicken wire.  You’ll also see trendy interior designers and home decorating experts sharing over 17,000 chicken wire inspired pieces on popular sites like Houzz.

If you’ve been following my blog or FB page, you know I recently re-styled a dining hutch by replacing all the glass with chicken wire.




I love this country charm look!

The chicken wire adds visual interest by introducing pattern and color. I had so much fun working on this piece (cuts, scratches and all) that I’m currently working on another.

Although the original post for the above china cabinet is on Milk Painting Laminate, I’ve had quite a few questions asking how I installed the chicken wire. I love hearing from you and you’ve been giving me some great blog post ideas… so thank-you and keep those questions coming!

So here we go…  here’s what I learned…

When you’re looking to buy chicken wire, keep in mind it is also called poultry netting, hardware cloth, hex netting or mesh wire. It’s made of galvanized steel wire which comes in various sizes.

I bought mine from Home Hardware but it’s easily found online, at Home Depot, Lowes, farm supply stores, or even Walmart in the garden section. In most locations it can be purchased already packaged, but some stores offer “off the roll”. When you purchase off the roll, you can buy small amounts, just the right amount you will need for your furniture project.  




After I shocked the associate at the Home Hardware store (he was thoroughly amused I was going to use it on a china cabinet!), I brought the chicken wire home and got started. I removed the glass on the cabinet and measured each panel. Measured twice so I only had to cut once. ;)

To determine how much wire needs to be cut for each panel, you can also use the original glass as a template. Either way, measure and cut an extra 1/2-1 inch all around when you cut the wire.




Okay…here are my warning and safety tips… because I care about you!

Chicken wire is sharp and unruly to work with. It curls up, coils up, and when you least expect it, scratches you up. I was bleeding.

Safety first right?  I decided to stop what I was doing. I came upstairs to my office to watch a few YouTube Vids on how to cut this wire safely. When I went back down to my studio, the process was much safer and easier.

This simplest way for me to measure and cut was to unroll the wire flat on the floor and use paint cans to hold each end down.




I took a good pair of wire cutters and started to cut across at the appropriate length I measured.

A safe way to cut the chicken wire is it to keep your wire cutters between at a 45-90 degree angle so your hand is ABOVE the wire rather than close to it.

Also working the cut backwards so your hand is always above the UNCUT portion of the wire rather than the CUT portion of the wire helps prevent scrapes and cuts. A protective pair of work gloves isn’t a bad idea either.




After all three of my pieces of my chicken wire were cut to the correct size, I spray painted the chicken wire white to match the back of the cabinet.

Chicken wire CAN be painted to match your piece. The simplest way to paint it is to use spray paint. Spray painting will eliminate any drips or paint build up that would most likely happen painting with a brush.




Once the paint was dry, it was time to install it onto my furniture. I positioned the chicken wire exactly where I wanted it on the back of the door frame and drilled in corner screws to hold it in place. Then, with my pneumatic staple gun and 3/8″ staples, I securely stapled the wire all around the perimeter.

Any staple gun will work!

… and yes, as you can see below, I take waaaay better images when I’m not working with one hand while taking pictures with a camera in the other. ;)




Chicken wire stretches. As you’re stapling, pull and stretch the wire taunt and watch to make sure the hex netting looks nice and even. You don’t want to finish installing, then look at your wire only to have it all wavy and crooked.

Once the chicken wire was installed, I took a pair of needle nose pliers and twisted all the sharp wire in on itself. This looks professional, but more importantly, it’s much safer when opening and closing the doors.




Here’s what the entire back looked like before it was assembled onto the buffet. No sharp edges and all the wire was pulled taunt and even.




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You can take a peek at the full before and after of this china cabinet here, and be sure to drop by in the next day or two for another re-styled chicken wire hutch! She’s a beauty in red!

And a note for all you furniture painters who have a business, hutches with chicken wire are fast sellers!  For those of you who create and re-style for your own home, salvaging an old cabinet/hutch and replacing the glass with chicken wire makes for a great past-meets-present trendy focal piece!

I hope you’re having an amazing week and you’re doing what you enjoy, whatever that may be.

Happy Painting,

Denise x




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Quick-Tip-Tuesday: How To Remove Paint From Glass… The Fast and Easy Way

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Blog, Furniture Repair, How To Tips, Painting Furniture, Product Reviews, Quick Tip Tuesday, Tools | 0 comments

I prefer to remove glass before painting. But lets face it, sometimes removing the glass can take up precious time. When it seems faster and easier to paint over it, I DO!… and then I worry about the clean-up afterwards.

When I’m left with smaller amounts of paint on glass, I use rubbing alcohol which is a simple quick fix.

If I’m left with paint all along the perimeter, a handy tip I learned from a professional painter is to use a Razor Blade Scraper. They come in different brands and sizes.

This Stanley Razor Blade Scraper comes with 5 Blades and removes paint from glass fast and easy. It can also be used to remove wax, putty, glue, or any type of adhesive from any smooth surface… all for under $5.





Word of caution… when working with any type of blade be safe. This little tool is extremely sharp! It removes dry paint off glass with it’s razor sharp edge; like a hot knife through butter.

To use, hold on a 45 degree angle while applying forward pressure to scrape off any unwanted paint.




Do you have any tips on how to remove paint from glass… or do you prefer removing the glass before you start to paint? I’d love to hear your thoughts so feel free to ask questions or leave your comment(s) below.

I’ll be back later this week to show off this finished piece!

And if you missed last weeks Q.T.T on “fancy” waxing brushes, you can find it here.

Have a wonderful day and Happy Painting!

Denise x



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Quick-Tip-Tuesday: ‘Fancy’ Waxing Brush Yaaay or Naaay?

Quick-Tip-Tuesday: ‘Fancy’ Waxing Brush Yaaay or Naaay?

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Blog, Product Reviews, Quick Tip Tuesday | 16 comments

If I had a penny for every time I was asked “What brush should I use when waxing my furniture?……. ”  {big smile and wink}

Up until a week ago my answer was always the same.

I use a plain inexpensive dollar store chip brush and a clean soft rag for ALL my furniture waxing.  A cheap brush or rag will apply your wax beautifully, get into all the nooks and crannies of the furniture, and will give you the EXACT same finish as a ‘fancy’ waxing brush!

So why did I bother to buy one of these $35 waxing brushes?

I guess I wanted to be in-the-loop and experience the difference (if any) these waxing brushes offered. Call it blog-land peer pressure…  and I fell victim… hook, line and sinker. ;)




So are ‘fancy’ waxing brushes a yaaay or naaay in my books?

Yaaay if you paint and re-style a lot of furniture. If you wax plenty of pieces for business or pleasure, Annie Sloan Waxing Brushes (or any other name brand) are lovely to use. They feel luxurious, cover large areas quickly, and make the waxing process efficient.

Naaay if you wax the odd piece here and there. Save your money. You will get the exact same GORGEOUS wax sheen by using an old t-shirt, clean rag, or inexpensive brush.

What are your thoughts on waxing brushes? What do you prefer to use? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

And if you missed last weeks Q-T-T you can find it here.

Enjoy your Day and Happy Painting!

Denise x

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Hot Apple Cider, Steaming Java & a Warm Welcome at Pleasant Pickins’ Open House

Hot Apple Cider, Steaming Java & a Warm Welcome at Pleasant Pickins’ Open House

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Blog, Business, Featured Shops | 0 comments

What do hot apple cider, a steaming cup of java, gorgeous painted furniture, and a warm inviting atmosphere all have in common? They are all pleasant and were for the pickins’ at Lynda’s Pleasant Pickin’s open house this past weekend.

I’m a big fan of Pleasant Pickin’s painted furniture so it was such a treat to drop by to meet Lynda in person. She’s re-vamped her back shed into a charming studio/shop selling her gorgeous painted furniture, gift wares and crafted treasures.

I’m sharing my visit to give you a BIG dose of inspiration.

Lynda is proof that you can follow your dreams on YOUR OWN terms. Whether you sell your painted furniture online, at a flea-market booth, a storefront, OR from your very own backyard, a thriving business is possible!

This open house was bustling with visitors and I’m not exaggerating when I say things were flying out the door. Keep reading to see the painted green chair that went M.I.A as I was photographing it!

Here’s a look at Lynda’s gorgeous work and what was available at the open house…










Along with meeting Lynda and seeing her impressive work, I also had the pleasure of viewing some brilliant art. Floral and garden artwork from local artist Peggy Jackson, and mixed media florals and seascapes from local artist Tammy Strachan from Studio T.  Plenty of original artwork on display and available for purchase.






Oh… and check out the chair that went M.I.A as I was photographing it. When I turned my back to check my cameras exposure, a woman had scooped up the chair and was walking out with it!

Can’t blame her… it’s adorable and L-o-V-e the color!










And this is amazing… wait ’till you see this… up-cycling and re-cycling at it’s best.

Lynda and her husband Mark salvaged an old dining table by turning it into three separate projects. They cut the table in half to create two coffee tables and the excess wood boards as rolling shutters in their kitchen!








Absolutely gorgeous!

Lynda… thank you for your warm and gracious welcome and inviting me into your beautiful home! It was such a pleasure meeting you and your family!




And to you… I hope this has encouraged and inspired you to follow your dreams…  on your own terms!




To see more of Lynda’s beautiful creations and find out more about her shop/studio in Mount Pleasant ON, you can visit Pleasant Pickin’s FB here.

I hope your day is filled with goodness… and happy painting!

Denise x

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