How to Age Chicken Wire with Chalkboard Paint

I know there are a few methods out there for how to make chicken wire look old, aged or rusty, and quite honestly I would love to try them all because I just like to experiment with different faux techniques, but for this instance I didn’t have the products or the time to implement any of those options.

I even went to the store looking for one product in particular, but I couldn’t find it.  Thus I picked up a bottle of standard chalkboard paint and decided to give it a try. 

How to faux age chicken wire with chalkboard paint


Where standard acrylic craft paint does not adhere to certain surfaces well, chalk paint seems to stick pretty well to most.  So,  I thought black chalkboard paint just might work to darken or weather the appearance of the chicken wire for a more aged look… and if it did, then I thought I would try to make it look rusty after that.



Using a sponge brush I brushed the black chalkboard paint over both sides of the chicken wire.

And not only did it quickly and easily adhere to the chicken wire, but it dried pretty darn fast.  Best of all, it seemed to stick to the wire quite well, at that.

The over all appearance the chalkboard paint gives is a darkened, aged, weathered look rather than the way it comes from the store, all shiny and new.





How to make chicken wire look rusty, too!

Since the black chalkboard paint technique (above) worked out so well to make it look aged, I wanted to try and take this one step further by trying to make it look rusty, too.

Using the same sponge brush (I needed fast results), I brushed on dabs of craft paint in colors: dark brown, burnt sienna and bright orange over the black-chalkboard-painted chicken wire.

I dabbed off the excess with a paper towel, let the paint dry (for a few minutes), and then repeated the same process a few times.

Worked like a charm!

If you are looking for a quick way to get an aged look on chicken wire, or if  you are looking for a fast and easy way to make chicken wire look rusty, using black chalkboard and/or with a few rusty color craft paints will do the job.

I don’t think I would use this method for outdoor projects, but I think it would work all day on a variety of indoor chicken wire projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Hope your day is plucky! ~ Amy wood-grain-chalkboard-paint-technique

Faux wood grain chalkboard paint technique

You can see more chicken wire projects, here.

 And more rust technique ideas, here.


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10 Responses to How to Age Chicken Wire with Chalkboard Paint

  1. heather f May 19, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    I love the look of the “aged” chicken wire. Great job coming up with an easy solution! Can’t wait to see what you’re making with it.

  2. Feral Turtle May 20, 2014 at 8:26 am #

    I’m with Heather. I can hardly wait to see what your are up to! A great tutorial on aging chicken wire!

  3. Mel May 22, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

    too clever, that does look aged and I love easy!

  4. Deb June 11, 2014 at 7:32 am #

    This looks great! I spray painted some with black flat paint a while back, but I love this idea…especially to add the rust affect.

    Seeking Lavender Lane

    • Amy June 11, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

      Oooh, that’s good to know that flat back spray paint works too. Thanks so much for stopping by, Deb !

  5. Melanie August 2, 2016 at 2:57 am #

    If you soak it in vinegar it will make it aged and rusty.

    • Amy August 20, 2016 at 11:26 am #

      Thank you, Melanie, I will have to give that a try:)

  6. judy gaaskjolen May 13, 2017 at 7:15 am #

    Just wondering if you actually used chalk board paint or chalk paint? They are 2 different kinds of paint.

    • Amy May 13, 2017 at 8:49 am #

      Hi Judy,

      I actually used chalkboard paint. I just bought a craft bottle size of the paint for this project. I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Thanks, Amy


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