DIY Coffee table from a vintage chicken crate. - A Life Unfolding

DIY Coffee table from a vintage chicken crate.

DIY coffee table from a vintage chicken crate.

Today I am sharing a recent vintage find that I DIY’d into a functional piece of furniture with a little elbow grease and some wheels!

If you have been following my IG stories -you’ve seen that I have been hitting the vintage markets in my area this summer and I’ve scored some great finds.

Repurposing items makes me heart happy.

I am still over the moon about how this Vintage crate turned out.

During my last excursion, I stumbled upon an antique chicken crate that was a bit rough and even, dare I say, smelly??

I couldn’t grab it fast enough!

Currently, the coffee table is on our covered porch.

This is my favorite kind of DIY-quick and easy!

First, I needed to clean the crate up a bit.

A few of the nails were loose, and a strip of metal needed to be removed along with repairing a board or two.

Cleaning up the vintage crate.

Cleaning it up!

Using a solution of bleach and water, I washed it thoroughly.

After all, it was a wooden poultry carrying case ;-

Next, I let it dry in the sun.

Once clean, I gave it a good sanding, removing years of dirt and grime.

And wiped it clean with a soft cloth to remove all the dust (there was a lot).

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Already you can see it looked so much better!

Yay, for the ease of a hand sander, this is the one I use.

Cleaned up chicken crate

Seal it

Keeping in mind that this DIY vintage wooden chicken crate will be a piece of furniture, the next step was to seal the crate well, so I used my favorite brand of spray polyurethane to protect it.

It took four coats of poly to coat the crate well.

Using spray poly was much easier than trying to brush all those pegs.

Sealing the Crate

Getting the proportions right

Choosing the legs and determining the height was the next step.

  • Coffee tables are typically 14-20 inches high
  • A good rule of thumb is for the coffee table to be 2 inches lower than a sofa
  • A coffee table should be around 2/3 of the lenght of your sofa
  • Leave 12-18 inches of room between your sofa and table
  • I love to break these rules! 😉

I decided to use casters for the legs and bought 6 vintage casters because I liked the vintage feel they add.

Since the crate was a bit short, about an inch in height, we used the boards that happened to be inside the crate when I purchased it to add some heights.

We attached the casters to the boards and the crate.

I attached the wheels to what is actually the “top” of the crate because I want to have a flat surface for the coffee table.

Adding some height.

Perfect solution since the boards felt distressed enough not to feel new, and the inch was just what we needed.

Adding casters to chicken crate

The casters were quick and easy to install, and I adore the way they look!

The casters added the perfect vintage vibe

Finished DIY Coffee table

And here is the finished coffee table!

Honestly, the casters were the main cost, so I think I have all in $120.00 in the table.

DIY coffee table from vintage chicken crate

I love pieces that feel both unique and old!

Don’t get too comfy seeing this table on the porch.

It may be making a home at the Airbnb!

I love the vintage vibe this piece has.

I hope I have inspired you to reimagine and repurpose the things you see while shopping at antique stores!

You can sometimes find these chicken crates similar to this on FB marketplace so keep your eyes peeled.

Until Next time,


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DIY Coffee table from a Vintage Chicken Crate
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  1. Cindy says:

    I love this! You did such a great job and it’s a great piece!


  2. I love this idea and it looks great in your living room.

  3. What a great idea and a great coffee table!

  4. Sara says:

    I love a rustic upcycle and that spray poly is a great tip!

  5. I just love this coffee table! Great idea and great tutorial! 🙂 Pinned!

  6. Janet says:

    This turned out so good. I always love a project that gives something old and discarded a new life. Pinned!

  7. Kippi Ohern says:

    Another gorgeous addition to your wonderful porch. I would live on that porch.
    Happy fall,

  8. Oh Wow!!!! What a lovely find and it’s so perfect as a coffee table.

  9. Niki says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing on Traffic Jam Weekend at! We’d love you to come share on our other link parties as well, Happiness is Homemade & You’re the Star Blog Hop. Have a great week!

  10. Libbie, what a wonderful find! I’m not sure I would have ever thought to turn it into a coffee table, but I love it! Thanks for sharing. So creative!

  11. Meegan says:

    Oh, Libbie! You KNOW, I love this transformation. With so much character and style your vintage chicken crate coffee table is just as lovely as can be. Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Maria says:

    What a fabulous idea! Truly amazing table.

    • Libbie Burling says:

      Thanks Maria! This weekend we had a ton of little ones at our house and one of them colored all over the top. It was nice to be able to sand it off and reseal it. So yay for distressing!

  13. I love recycling projects and I really love this one! Great use of an old piece. Love how you’ve styled it too.

  14. Kim says:

    What a fabulous upcycle! I love the way it looks in the room.

  15. That is an awesome upcycle. I love that you put it on wheels. Nicely done. Pinned and Tweeted. Thanks for sharing at #omhgww.See you next week.

  16. My first thought was what a mess to get rid of that smell! But you did it! Looks great Libbie. Well done.

  17. Marie says:

    This is so clever! I need a new coffee table. You have me thinking!

  18. Juliet says:

    This is so clever, I love, love, love it! xo

  19. I love this idea! Unique and what a great conversation piece. On the lookout for a crate for sure.

  20. Rebecca Payne says:

    I love this very creative idea. Great job!

  21. Kimberly says:

    What a great project! I love anything on wheels! Thanks for sharing!

  22. April Harris says:

    Oh my goodness, what a fabulous upcycling project! I love how this turned out. Thank you for sharing your coffee table with the Hearth and Soul Link Party, Libbie!

  23. Wow! This is fantastic and I love the step by step, You’ve done a great job.
    Xx Melanie (The Midlife Blogging Community)

  24. That is so very cool. Love it. #alittlebitofeverything

  25. Fun up-cycle project Libbie and it looks great on the patio. I’m excited to feature your post this week at our Tuesday Turn About Link Party!

  26. I’m featuring you this week! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the To Grandma’s house we go link party, happy fall!

  27. This is the cutest coffee table ever! You are so creative! Just lobe how you outlined the steps, too!

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  30. I love how unique this coffee table is Libbie.
    It looks amazing!!
    Thank you for sharing your DIY coffee table at Create, Bake, Grow and Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring it at this weeks party and pinning too.

  31. I just love the things you create from your found treasures! This table is absolutely fabulous.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

  32. Carol says:

    Ingenious and gorgeous. Love this. Featuring when my link party opens tonight. Thank you for sharing!

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  34. Kim Cook says:

    How awesome is this. I love cool upcycled products. Great job!

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