When I wanted a new coffee table for my living room, I didn’t turn to the furniture stores, I went directly to Pinterest. The talent, craftiness and ingenuity of the people out in blogland is incredible.
I eventually decided, that I was almost sure I was positive that I wanted a chicken coop (crate?) coffee table. I don’t live on a farm so the only experience I’ve had with chickens was staying in a motel one night right next to a farmyard. At 3AM we awoke to the sound of a rooster crowing right outside our door. Every 10 minutes until morning, that rooster let out a rip-roaring cockle-doodle-doo. Is it a myth that roosters are supposed to crow only at the crack of dawn? If that was my rooster, he would not have lasted until the end of the week.
With the chicken coop in mind I now had to find one. Ebay is super expensive for the crates and you have to pay shipping. I’ve found several at yard sales, but only after I had made my coffee table. Mine was eventually found for a reasonable rate on Craig’s list. It was in perfect shape, it was clean (not a trace of chicken poo) and it had a great finish. Sold!
The feet were originally Ball Top Finials meant to be used for deck posts. The screw is already attached. These were found at Home Depot. These were originally used for the feet of a set of shelves (painted red) but I’ve since moved the shelves and didn’t want the shelves quite so tall, so the feet came off. On top of the red, the feet were painted a nice gray, sanded off with a sander then stained.
To install the feet, predrill holes in the corners of the chicken coop. Just screw the feet right in.
I happened to have this metal tray that fit perfectly over top of my coop.
Finished off with a few pallet boards cut to fit inside the tray. If you don’t happen to have a tray, a piece of glass or the pallet wood used separately would work great.
Super easy project, the chicken coop makes the perfect size coffee table so all you have to do is a little tweaking to make it your own.
Do you remember the Moss Lantern? That diy can be found here.
If you need more ideas for that perfect diy unique coffee table check out my Pinterest board, Coffee Tables out of ? Right now it has 89 pins in it, so I know you’ll be inspired.
Have a great week and I’ll see you back here later in the week.
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