Interior Design

Decorative Wire Grille

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Used instead of glass. I have a large collection of books that don’t happen to be fancy sets of gilded leather bindings that would provide a uniform and elegant look on open shelving. My dining room is a small space and could easily feel cluttered and claustrophobic with all the mishmash of various book covers. I have seen decorative wire grille used in the libraries of many historic stately homes and thought that by using a grille with elegant silk café-like curtains lining the inside of each cabinet door, I could trick the space into feeling unfettered and more spacious.

Six years ago, when I started my internet search, I wasn’t even sure what term to use. I finally found some decent wire grilles on Van Dyke’s Restorers’ website, but the pickings were scant. First I ordered a box of their samples, which was well worth the cost. Relying on the abbreviated online specifications and a low resolution picture was too risky for an amateur like me. Nothing is as effective as physically holding each piece, measuring the mesh opening, seeing the metal color choices, and placing them in the library/dining room environment with the other selected finishes and colors.

Since then, it appears that even more styles have become available, which is a bummer for me. One of the newly added styles is so very close to my inspiration example. Because this new grille option is nearly double the cost of what I finally settled on, you would think I would feel relieved and grateful. But I don’t. I have doubts.

(above is my inspiration) Ignore the ladder chair and look at the decorative wire grille on the cabinetry. This is the look I was going for. These photos are of Seymour Durst's "Old York Library" and can be found in 'At Home with Books.'
(above is my inspiration) Ignore the ladder chair and look at the decorative wire grille on the cabinetry. This is the look I was going for. These photos are of Seymour Durst’s “Old York Library” and can be found in ‘At Home with Books.’
(above) Bert, my general contractor, is cutting the wire to size using an adjustable template.
(above) Bert, my general contractor, is cutting the wire to size using an adjustable template.
(above) Bert is securing the wire with staples to the inside of the frame on the backside of the cabinet door.
(above) Bert is securing the wire with staples to the inside of the frame on the backside of the cabinet door.
(above) This is an overall view of my library and dining room. And yes, I'm aware that it's a wee bit dark, but the flash was messing up the colors too much. So I shot it au naturel.
(above) This is an overall view of my library and dining room. And yes, I’m aware that it’s a wee bit dark, but the flash was messing up the colors too much. So I shot it au naturel.
(above) I'm not a pro at this photography thing, but I'm hoping you can tell that the inside of the cabinet is painted a different color than its exterior. It's a kind of soft grayish green with a hint of mint.
(above) I’m not a pro at this photography thing, but I’m hoping you can tell that the inside of the cabinet is painted a different color than its exterior. It’s a kind of soft grayish green with a hint of mint.

In case you’re wondering where my books are, they are still packed in plastic cases in my garage, which are too heavy for me to cart down steps and up steps. So they would have to be brought inside one armload at a time. My free time has been spent doing yard work and house cleaning, and my paying work schedule is full. So I’m thinking (not promising) that I will be able to get to this book project sometime mid December, before the big leaf dump, which always occurs around Christmas and the week after–just in time to ruin my New Year’s eve.

2 thoughts on “Decorative Wire Grille”

  1. Baby Girl says:

    Library Grillwork:
    ” I have a large collection of books..” Sure you do! “They’re in boxes”..sure they are!! LOL!

    But it really is lovely!!

    1. Patsy Ann says:

      It’s a challenge! So when you come over to help me unpack those mysterious books, be prepared to encounter four years of rat and squirrel droppings. That is on the plastic cases–not on the books. But rest assured I’ve had the garage checked for the deadly recluse spider. None to be found just the previously mentioned turds.

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