Fixing the Cabinet that the Cat Broke

You may remember my post about stenciling the glass china cabinet doors. Fortunately or unfortunately, a cat hurled itself at the glass door (obviously something freaked him out) and the glass on one of the doors broke. Now mind you, I didn’t see this happen but I heard a crash in the dining room and when I came in, there he was looking all guilty. Rather than get too upset (it’s just a cabinet, after all) I used it as an opportunity to do something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile but lacked the courage to just do it.

Farmhouse Hutch

I replaced the glass with chicken wire, or rather, poultry netting if you want to be politically correct.
I never had the guts to replace perfectly good glass, so now was my chance.


Hubby removed the glass which was easy to do and added the chicken wire.
Then I took a dry brush and painted the wire with Old White chalk paint from Annie Sloan.


I also took the opportunity to swap out my antique china and replace it with white dishes I’ve been collecting.


I think the solid white provides more contrast against the Duck Egg Blue (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint) used on the inside of the cabinet.
I added a couple small mirrors for interest and to help reflect some light in there.


I’ve started collecting white ironstone and like to mix it in with less expensive white pieces. This way, you get a nice white collection that doesn’t break your bank.


I’ve also been collecting the white glasses (don’t know what they’re called, do you?) at flea markets.
My grandmother had a set exactly like these and they remind me of visits to her house.
I bought these for about 50 cents a piece. I’ve seen them go for more, though.


The Ball Mason jar was another flea market find and was just $2. I bought 3 of them.
The small aqua jar I found at a dump in a nearby forest preserve. I added the lace to pretty it up.


The white dishes and the chicken wire lend a less formal, farmhouse feel to the hutch.
The glass doors and antique china were pretty, but I like this arrangement better.


Oh, and the cat? He’s doing just fine. He didn’t even cut himself.
Every once in awhile a spell of the cat crazies comes on. Thankfully it’s not too often!


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  1. Oh! I love chicken wire in cupboard doors!!!! I’ve been wanting to do that also. THANKS for sharing it looks great!!!

  2. Luv the chicken wire. Or should I say Poultry Netting ๐Ÿ™‚ In our other home I had this in our kitchen cabinets. Luved it then as well. Been looking for an excuse to add some ti this home… Hmmm.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers, Gee

  3. Thank goodness kitty wasn’t hurt! I love the cabinet with the chicken wire in the doors!! It looks wonderful! I think those glasses you have are milk glass. All your white dishes look so pretty against the blue background!

  4. So glad the cat helped you out. Love the chicken wire.

  5. I love your cabinet with the chicken wire!! And i love all your white dishes. I thought all along i was following you and when i went to put your blog on my sidebar i found out i wasn’t.I am now!! Sorry!


  6. Everything looks lovely ! Oh bad kitty no wrecking mama’s lovely things, now scootch ! I am glad he didn’t get hurt silly kitty ! Cat crazies happen her with Harley every night she goes ballistic dashing and running around tossing her toy mouse ! Glad all is ok ! Have a good day !

  7. The white really does pop against the lovely blue.
    The white glasses are milk glass.
    Our cats get all frenzied sometimes. We call it “the scampers”. Scientifically, it is because they are crepuscular (nocturnal) and their prey is most active at dawn and dusk, which is often when they get the scampers, but not always!!!
    Your kitchen looks divine. Congrats on the upcoming photo shoot. It’s going to be wonderful.

  8. Jennifer my Tabitha get’s that burst of energy once in a while.I don’t know what goes through there heads LOL! That turned out so pretty! Cutting chicken wire is not easy! I did that on a piece I am selling in my space.Don’t plan on doing it any time soon! That color on the inside is a great accent color too!

  9. Oh I’m glad the cat wasn’t hurt. But, what an opportunity to change things up with your cabinet. I love the look of the ‘poultry netting’ painted white and your pretty white china against the duck egg blue paint. Love the idea of the small mirrors for reflecting light. It looks really pretty!

  10. Got to say Jennifer,I LOVE the chicken wire!!
    Some things are just meant to be… like cats hurling themselves at glass doors.

  11. Love the chicken wire look on hutch cabinet doors, Jennifer! I love that you painted it white, too. Love all your white pieces. I think the white glasses might be milk glass.

  12. Your cabinet looks so cute with the chicken wire. All your white dishes work perfectly inside.
    Mary Alice

  13. Jennifer, I think the chicken wire give a fresh french look to your hutch… and is perfect with your pretty ironstone and other vintage things in the hutch!!! I think you should give that cat a catnip treat and a good pet to thank him!

  14. The chicken wire looks perfect. I love your corner hutch. I am still on the hunt for the perfect one, yours would do nicely. LOL

  15. Nice effect with the chicken wire and so glad the cat is OK.

  16. I did the same thing with the jelly cupboard that belonged to my MIL after hubby broke one of the windows moving the cupboard. I love the blue in your cupboard with the white dishes. Just beautiful!

  17. Leave it to crazy kitties. I’m glad to hear your cat is ok, but I have to say that the cabinet looks even better with the chicken wire. It added so much character! It’s gorgeous!

  18. It takes a crazy cat to make a decision for us sometimes, doesn’t it. Glad you found a reason to try out the chicken wire. It looks great with all your new touches.

  19. It’s gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love it

  20. Ok, I should be so lucky! I really want to do this to our dining room cabinet but I know my husband will be like “What the—?” if I ask him to take out the glass. I’m jealous! Love that you painted the wire white. I never would have thought of that. I also collect white ironstone and believe it or not I find some of my best pieces at local Goodwills. I think the cups are milkglass? Great transformation, Jennifer.

  21. Sooo . . . beautiful. Love the chicken wire and the way you’ve displayed your beautiful wares. Thanks for sharing. [email protected]

  22. I’m loving the chicken wire! Your cat should have a design show ; o )

  23. I love your color!!! :))
    by by Elisa

  24. Cat crazies? jajajaja nooooooooooooooooo

    Merlin, my cat, says Hello.

    Your cabinet is amazing, Jennifer.I like “tela de gallinero”

  25. So pretty and fresh!

  26. Beautiful! Where did you find those cute egg cups?!

  27. I like it too, especially that you painted the wire. My hutch doesn’t have doors on it, but I have mentioned to my husband that some simple ones with chicken wire would be a nice addition. We’ll see……


  28. I like the chicken wire look! And glad the cat is ok!

  29. Jennifer, the cabinet looks great!
    I have been meaning to ask you where you got the mat under the table. I love it!


  30. It’s so pretty. I love the chicken wire. And the blue and white.


  31. Ha! Our one cat gets the ‘crazies’ too! I love the chicken wire-your whole cabinet looks fantastic!

  32. Hi Jennifer,
    I love the chicken wire! I recently took the panels out of my china cabinet and was debating chicken wire, but after seeing this Im convinced.
    Have a great weekend.

  33. Hope the cat wasn’t hurt, but it looks like it did you a decorating favor. love the poultry netting!!! great cabinet!

  34. Super,bardzo mi siฤ™ podoba :))

  35. Gorgeous! Those milkglass tumblers are in the grape pattern. It’s all beautiful! Love the white with the blue contrast!

  36. Beautiful! I love the chicken wire and that you painted the back of the cabinet duck egg! Your ironstone pieces are so pretty popping against it!

  37. Poultry netting- who knew?

    No matter the name, it is great. I have an old cabinet on my porch with plain old screen and I love it.

  38. Your hutch is gorgeous! I have one in storage to refinish, now I am inspired ๐Ÿ™‚

    xoxo, Tanya

  39. Loving those beautiful white dishes against the cool, crisp blue! Yum!

  40. I love it! It looks so pretty with all the white against the blue! I think it was meant to be.. glad kitty is ok too.. take care, Maryann

  41. Your cat has good style, lol Seriously though I love this ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. I love the colour combination! And every cloud has a silcer lining: the chicken wire is great!

  43. I love the new look of your hutch!! Fate can show an amazing path – you chose your reaction to be positive from something that was negative and it’s a beautiful result! I think the glass is called Milk Glass. Loving your collection though! J9 x

  44. It’s gorgeous….just perfect…I have so many of the same items in my corner cupboard…enjoy it and have a great day, Mariaelena

  45. Hi Jennifer,
    Popping back again to say thank you for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday last week. I’ll be featuring this post tomorrow.
    Kerryanne xx

  46. I adore your poultry netting cupboard doors! Good kitty!!

  47. Love this hutch, Jennifer! We have two cats and they can be crazy sometimes, too! Glad it worked out to your benefit…and that the cat is okay! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m a new follower!

  48. So pretty and a good thing that cat didn’t get hurt. We have a narrower white cabinet with aqua interior that I have had for a number of years. Our 15 yo son tipped back his chair and broke the glass. He added some of his rabbit cage wire and I like the rustic touch.

  49. Loving the chicken wire. Pinning!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
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  50. Great job! I love the chicken wire and the blue paint on the back. The white dishes really pop!

    Have a great day.

  51. I am getting ready to do this to a hutch I am working on too. The glass was not in securely and it was making me nervous! It turned out beautiful.

  52. My daughter recently broke the glass in my hutch and I have been trying to figure out what to do. You have solved my dilemma, I love it!

  53. catherine says:

    You said the color is duck egg blue by who though?

  54. What color are your walls?

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