DIY Coffee table from a Vintage Chicken Coop.

This DIY Crate Coffee Table is a quick and easy way to upcycle a wooden chicken crate. It makes a great statement piece in any room and requires just a few supplies.

Currently, the coffee table is on our covered porch.

Easy DIY Crate Coffee Table from a Vintage Chicken Coop.

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!

Becuase hiting up the vintage markets in my area during the summer is my love language and I’ve scored some great finds over the years.

It’s the perfect weekend hobby for me, as repurposing items makes my heart happy.

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

One of my all-time favorite finds? An antique chicken crate.

It was a bit rough and even, dare I say, smelly??

I couldn’t grab it fast enough!

I love pieces that feel both unique and old!

With just a few hours and a good bit of scrubbing, I was able to turn it into an upcycle coffee table that now lives on our covered porch. 

I adore the vintage vibe this DIY crate coffee table has and I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for another antique chicken crate because I think an upcycle coffee table like this would look fantastic in one of our rental properties too!

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Supplies I Used

Once I had the chicken crate, I didn’t need much to create this DIY coffee table. Here’s what I used:

  • Antique chicken coop
  • Water & bleach
  • Hand sander
  • Spray Polyurethane
  • Casters (you may choose to use something else as your wheels)

How to Make An Upcycle Coffee Table from A Chicken Crate

I loved this DIY coffee table project because it was so quick and easy. There were just a few steps involved.

Cleaning up the Vintage chicken coop
Cleaning up the vintage crate.
  • Clean it up. First things first…I had to clean up the antique chicken crate! A few of the nails were loose, and a strip of metal needed to be removed along with repairing a board or two. Plus, it was a bit dirty in general. I used a solution of bleach and water to wash it thoroughly, then left it out in the sun to dry. 
  • Sand it. 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). Yay, this is the one I use for the ease of a hand sander.
Sanding the crate to help remove dirt and grime.
A few minor repairs were necessary on the Chicken Coop.

Next Steps:

  • 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.
  • Add legs. Choosing the legs and determining the height was the next step. (See below for my tips on choosing the height of your coffee table!) 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 height. 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. It was the perfect solution since the boards felt distressed enough not to feel new, and the inch was just what we needed. The casters were quick and easy to install, and I adore how they look! They added the perfect vintage vibe. 
Adding the Vintage wheels to the crate.
Close up of vintage wheels on DIY coffee table.
Sanded Chicken coop ready to be sealed.
Cleaned up chicken crate
Sealing the Crate

Choosing The Size Of Your Crate Coffee Table DIY

Trying to figure out exactly what size you need your upcycle coffee table to be? In some homes, this same vintage chicken coop may be too big or too small, though it fit perfectly in our space.

There are no hard and fast rules regarding the size of a coffee table but here are a few things to keep in mind as you think about this DIY project!

  • 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 length of your sofa
  • Leave 12-18 inches of room between your sofa and table
  • I love to break these rules! 

Where Can I Find A Vintage Chicken Crate?

I found my chicken crate at one of the local vintage markets. You can also sometimes find them on Facebook marketplace. I would recommend keeping your eyes peeled there as well as at any flea markets and vintage or antique shops in the area. You could even post on FB looking – chances are someone may just have one laying around in their barn that they just haven’t gotten around to selling!

Vintage Chicken Coop into a DIY coffee table.
DIY coffee table from vintage chicken crate

How Much Did This Crate Coffee Table DIY Project Cost?

Honestly, the casters were the main cost, so I think I have all in $120.00 in the table. The price of your upcycle coffee table will obviously depend on how much you pay for your antique chicken coop and what you choose to use for the legs. But all in all, I found this to be a cheap and easy weekend DIY project!

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Pin for Later!!

DIY Coffee table from a Vintage Chicken Crate

Until Next time,


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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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