Chicken Crate Coffee Table

Having been inspired by the fabulous duo Kevin and Layla Palmer of The Lettered Cottage and the amazing porch transformation they did for Kevin’s parents, which included a chicken crate, I set out to try to find one for our patio.  But every time I came across a chicken crate at a flea market or antique store, their price tag was way more than I was willing to pay (most of them start at $50 and can go up to $140).  A crate has been on my shopping list for over a year now and I came across another one a few weeks ago and expected to be disappointed yet again when I looked at the price tag.  But I wasn’t!  It was $25 and in really great shape, so I bought it without hesitation.

After a good scrubbin’ with bleach and water (yuck – there were still a few feathers on it), an installation of casters (I found a set of 4 for $25 at the Kane County Flea Market), and a few coats of Thompson’s Water Seal to seal it from water damage, it was ready to set out on our patio:

Here’s a close up of the casters underneath:

The height of the chicken crate was only 10″, so wood was added underneath to give it height, in addition to the height of the casters.  It is now 18″ high and perfect for a coffee table.
This was the delicious little snack we had for Mother’s Day – lemonade and lemon tarts topped with strawberries served on the tray I redid last Easter:

Yesterday, I finally got around to planting outside.  I placed six 4″ terra cotta pots (painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old White and sanded until almost all of the paint was gone) planted with corsican mint, and citronella candles inside this fantastic galvanized tool tote I purchased from Diane Passi a couple of months ago.

Pay no attention to the patio that is in obvious need of repair.  Just pretend you don’t see it, Mkay?  Okay.

I think the color combination of the crate, the tote and the mint goes nicely with our pallet sofa.
Oh man, were we excited to bring the sofa out this year and put it to good use!

Our new chicken crate coffee table is a perfect compliment to the sofa and a nice addition to our patio.  I’m so glad I held out until I found one at a reasonable price!

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Linking to:

Chic on a Shoestring
The Creative Paige
The Shabby Nest
My Romantic Home
At the Picket Fence
The 36th Avenue
Be Different Act Normal
Funky Junk Interiors – Crazy for Crates
Coastal Charm
Under the Table and Dreaming
Vintage Wanna Bee
Primitive and Proper
Savvy Southern Style
52 Mantels
Beyond the Picket Fence
Miss Mustard Seed
Tatertots & Jello
Six Sisters Stuff
Between Naps on the Porch
Home Stories A to Z
Project Queen
DIY By Design
A Diamond in the Stuff
Restore Interiors
A Bowl Full of Lemons
The 36th Avenue
Not Just a Housewife
CSI Project



  1. This is so cool! I didn’t know how big it was until I saw it in front of your couch, which is also neat! :) I have one of those tool totes and I haven’t come up with an idea for using it yet and I think I have now! Thanks for the inspiration. BTW, you must be in the Chicago area if you go to the KCFM. I am in Evergreen Park! Small world!


  2. Love the way your table turned out, Laura! My mom picked up two crates for me (she got them both for $60, so not bad) and they’re just waiting for casters. Just need to get to them. :)

    Carolina Country Living

  3. Wow, LOVE it! I would adore having this on my deck; hmmmm…. perhaps I need to give some hints to hubby.

    I’ll be Following along!

  4. I totally want one of these for our deck!!!!

  5. that looks awesome- i love the rustic look!

  6. Would love for you to share this at my linky party!

  7. I love that crate table so much!What a great redo.

  8. Laura, thanks so much for sharing your crate at Project Queen! I love it!!! I will be featuring it tomorrow night (Monday) at the Highlight Party. I’m a new Linky Follower :-).

  9. That is an awesome score!!! $25!!! Very jealous. And I loved that you are using it on your patio – it looks great with your cool sofa.


  10. Laura,

    This is ah to the mazing! I really love this idea! Thank you so much for inspiring me today!

    Have a blessed and wonderful Fourth!

  11. lovely

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