Friday, August 28, 2015

Project Challenge: Chicken Wire/Screen, Magazine Holder

Hello and welcome to this month's Project Challenge--where bloggers challenge themselves to create something new with a common object.  This month's challenge is chicken wire or screening.

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I chose to use garden screening or mesh for the magazine holder I created.

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I started with a rectangle that was 30 squares wide and 25 squares tall.  I cut corners out of 2 ends.  The corners were 6 squares by 6 squares. I folded up the sides and bottom. I also folded a one square sized edge on the three sides to wrap around the back of the board. (See picture below where the wire is attached to the back).
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I folded down the top edge wires.  On one corner I left the wire ends to create the corner. (Please ignore those nails--yikes!)  Also, wearing gloves is probably wise and I have the battle wounds to prove that I should have.
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On the other corner I did not so I used a piece of wire.  The wire is a little easier to create the corner of the basket.
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I added the front small piece of wood (lath) before adding the wire basket to the back board, but forgot a picture.  You can see here I used a washer and just one screw to secure it.
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I then attached the wire basket to the back.  I picked a lovely weathered board.  I used coconut oil on it to bring out the lovely wood tones. 
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I used a couple pieces of wood in the wire basket part to hold the back board up in place.
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I used large washers and screws to attach the wire basket. Had I thought this through, I would have made the wrap around part of the basket 2 squares wide rather than one so it would have been easier to hide the washers on the back. You can see the wire broke in a few places.  But screwing the washer own tight easily holds it in place. 
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I hand lettered read on the front piece of wood.  You could also tie on a chalkboard tag.
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It works great next to a favorite chair in a spot that doesn't have room for a table.
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And is a fresh and fun place to keep favorite magazines.  
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It would look great on the end of a kitchen island or counter to hold cookbooks or next to a bed when there isn't room for an end table.

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Now go check out the other wonderful wire projects. 

10 comments:

  1. Perfect! I've been wanting something like this for the end of my island to hold cookbooks, so when you mentioned that idea, the light went on in my head! I love that instead of stapling the mesh, you used washers and screws. Probably so much more durable. Thanks for the coconut oil tip!! A wealth of inspiration this morning!! 😀

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  2. Such a great piece! I really love that old board! I never thought about using coconut oil on wood...what a great tip!

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  3. http://mydiyol.blogspot.de

    This is a great idea and a great Tutorial!
    many greetings
    Uwe

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  4. Love this project... I think I have some this wire in the garage...looks like another project is coming soon!

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  5. Just gorgeous!! I just made a frame for my daughter's room with wire.

    How does one join the challenges?

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  6. Great project Becky! I love the hardware cloth basket!

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  7. Awesome! Love the look and the hand lettered word is great!

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  8. super job Becky. I love your magazine rack. Pinning!!

    gail

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  9. that turned out amazing!!! the weathered wood is the perfect match for the wire!

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  10. You have so many cute ideas! I really like the of using the wire mesh you make a little hanging basket. I've been looking for something like this to put my magazines in, but I haven't found anything I like, but now I have! It's so simple, and I like that you can get decide how wide it is.


    https://midwesternind.com/wire-cloth-screens/

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate your kind words!

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