DIY coffee table from an old chicken crate

Having been inspired by this 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 complement 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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