Sep 4, 2012

Chicken Wire Plate Stand




 Don't ask me why, but I just love the look of chicken wire.  

When I saw some other bloggers making cloches and baskets out of chicken wire, I was inspired to try my hand at shaping it into something, too. When my eye fell on my old wrought iron plate stand one day, I thought, "ah hah, this could use a chicken wire update!" 


So...

I started with my standard black plate stand. 



 I used wire cutters and needle nose pliers to cut, shape, and reattach the chicken wire into three basket shapes, one for each tier. 



 After I had all the baskets shaped, I set them aside to prime and paint the plate stand.



I attached the baskets to the stand by twisting the chicken wire around each ring, then touched up the places where the paint was scuffed up with a paint brush. Using a dry brush, I lightly painted the chicken wire baskets, too.   

I printed out a vintage apple crate label I found online here, glued it to a wood coaster I painted white, and used some thin wire to hang it from the top of the plate stand. I can easily switch out the label or remove it completely when I want to use the stand for something else. 

    
 For now, it's sitting on the dining room table holding some green apples. 






























I know I'll find all kinds of ways to use my chicken wire plate stand. Like pumpkins and straw for Halloween, Christmas balls and greenery for Christmas, and Easter eggs and grass for spring. 

I'll have chicken wire around all the time!

 Thanks for coming by today. 

I hope you have a wonderful first week of September!



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61 comments:

  1. As a fellow chicken wire enthusiast, I applaud this adorable make-over. I think chicken wire is appropriate for any item!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

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  2. Such a grand idea... your so talented... Hugs, Cindy

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  3. Laurel, this is beautiful! What a gorgeous project! You are so creative! I love the apple crate label on the coaster. Genius!

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  4. I love this idea! I have a plate stand just like that and now I have to do this to it!

    ~Trisha

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  5. What a great idea! I would never have thought of it. You will have fun decorating it for all the seasons.

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  6. I love, love this Laurel -- especially your interchangeable medallion! Simply brilliant and love it in white. Great job girlie! :)

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  7. Very cute Laurel! You will definitely find so many things to put in your little baskets. Love the fresh green apples. And I agree, there's just something about chicken wire! The added texture perhaps.

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  8. Wow! This is such a great project. I love the chicken wire... and the white is so fresh.

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  9. What a clever idea! And it looks great.
    -Revi

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  10. What a great idea Laurel! I have a 3 tiered black plate stand very much like yours and I'm happy to know I can change it up like you did if I get tired of it the way it is.

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  11. This is so stinking adorable! What a genius idea! I need to make me one of these!!

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  12. love the chicken wire idea, laurel! too cute!

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  13. What a fabulous idea! And now you have all the seasons planned out too ... gotta love a piece that can hang out and still be changed up year-round!

    :)

    Linda

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  14. Oh, that is so smart!!!! Love the chicken wire basket!! I have a pie stand I need to sell. This would be perfect!

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  15. Such a clever update! Of course, I have one and can't wait to update it!

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  16. The baskets are wonderful and the coaster label is such a great idea!

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  17. I love chicken wire, too! This is one of the cutest and most clever ideas I've seen in a long itme. Kudos to you!

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  18. I love the chicken wire that you used for this. I had seen a stand just like the one you have a couple of weeks ago at the Antique Mall, I didn't get it, now I'm wishing I had of. I may go back now just to see if they still have it so I can create a stand just like yours. Love It!!

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  19. Love the chicken wire! Such a cute look-enjoy:@)

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  20. What a great idea! Hope you will come by and share at Creative Things Thursday. http://www.thevintagefarmhouse.com/

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  21. Wow! Love it. That turned out fantastic!! Makes me want to find something to add chicken wire to. :)

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  22. This is a really cute idea to revamp the plate stand, Laurel. I like chicken wire, too!

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  23. Oh i love this, it's beautiful! Great idea!

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  24. How clever! I never thought of that. I love it and am thinking I just might do the same to mine... ;)

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  25. Laurel,
    I love it!! Chicken wire is so cool and the plate stand with the label turned out so well. I have some chicken wire and frame I've been meaning to staple together for a message board kind o thing. Thanks for inspiring me to finally put it all together. :) ~ Jamie

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  26. This is the most adorable idea ever!! Thank you for sharing!!
    <>< Concetta

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  27. I love your chicken wire plate stand. And I'm right there with you on lovin' chicken wire!

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  28. A fantastic idea! I just bought a plate rack at GoodWill and I have been trying to find plates for it. I never thought about using chicken wire, great way to think outside of the box.
    Traci

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  29. Amazing result Laurel. I much prefer it with the chickenwire baskets. Thank you for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday.

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  30. Love chicken wire too. Just bought my first roll!!!

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  31. What a great project Laurel! Thanx for linking up to THT!

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  32. Oh my goodness! I LOVE this project. HOw creative. I have several plate stands that could use a little upcycling! What an inspiring post! Thanks for sharing it at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS!

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  33. Laurel, Thank you so much for sharing this very creative project on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Great tutorial! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    Jody

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  34. That is brilliant! Oh, the fun ways you are going to find to decorate with this fun new piece! And, as far as spray paint goes, the 2X is the only way to go! It is a bit more expensive, but worth every penny! Life to the full, Melissa

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  35. So darling!! Thanks so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  36. That is such a cute idea. I love how you put your spin on it.

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  37. What an imaginative makeover. I like chicken wire, too, so was very impressed at your incorporation of it in the plate stand redo.

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  38. This is so clever! I amy have to steal this idea!!! XO, Pinky

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  39. What a fun update! I never would have thought of using chicken wire that way, so creative!!

    Lynn

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  40. Such a great idea! I love it with the green apples, it looks so fresh. Jean

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  41. Aren't you the clever one? I love this! I see you use my favorite spray paints -- can't beat them.

    I have one of those stands in my garage, and I think I am inspired to give this a try. Great idea.

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  42. oh my word girlie! love love love it! how inventive and now so beautiful and farm fresh!

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  43. Very clever and I love how it looks! Great job!

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  44. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  45. Laurel, this gorgeous project is being featured today at Shabbilicious Friday.

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  46. what a great idea!! looks lovely filled with those green apples! :)

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  47. Love your redo of the plate stand. Chicken wire is NOT easy to work with. :)

    yours was the favorite link last week.

    gail

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  48. OMG I just picked one of these up in a rummage sale last night and although I've always wanted one I don't entertain on a large scale and therefor would never have the need for it...now I have the need! What a great idea!

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  49. What a pretty and simply solution turning a plain jane object into something fresh and useful.

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  50. Very very cool. I love your creative thinking!

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  51. This is fabulous Laurel! I love the little label at the top too! Hmmm...now what can I use chicken wire on...besides my chicken coop that is! Have a great week!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  52. I have that same plate stand in the garage, as I don't need (another) plate stand. But a chicken wire basket? YES, I can use that! What a great idea, I have everything I need for this project, I am so going to make this!

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  53. What a brilliant idea for reviving your plate stand! I have three of them (two are in the garage gathering dust) and your idea is such delightful inspiration!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Warm Autumn Wishes
    Carolynn

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  54. Great idea! I have one of those plate stands out in my minibarn too! I will have to see what I can come up with for mine! Thanks for the idea! Please visit my new blog if you have the time. http://fauxfae.blogspot.com

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  55. Been reading most of the comments and it seems a plate stand is common item that gets put away for lack of use. Just think of all the great plate stands that will get appreciated and reused, excellent. What a clever lady. I too have one out in our shed but hated to get rid of it, in case someday I'd find a use for it, hooray. I'm gonna have to go out there to find that puppy right away. So glad you shared this post. I'm a big late seeing this post as I'm fairly new to your blog which I'm so glad I did find. Love all your awesome projects.
    I used to go with my husband quite often when he was a trucker, loved traveling. Anyway we spent some time in Boise, went thru often, I always liked your city. I love the old fashioned homes.
    I'll be visiting your blog quite often. Happy Weekend

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    1. Would you please tell me where to get the standard black plate stand, you used for this project? I have one just like it, and haven't been able to find another.
      This project was a great way to reuse the stand!!

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