Repurposed Chicken Crate Side Table

Goooooooood morning and happy Monday!! So you wanna know something really random? Today is National Chocolate Caramel Day. Yep, true story. Apparently it’s a thing and it’s TODAY. Don’t ask me how or why I know this random/useless information, but there it is. And if you’re wondering, the best way to observe this “holiday” is to eat copious amounts of chocolate and caramel. You better believe I’ll be doing my part. It just feels like the right thing to do. Anyway, enough about chocolate. Do you remember that cool antique show I went to several weeks ago? It’s where I found that old vintage crate that we turned into a side table. (You can see it in this post.) Well while I was shopping I also came across the coolest antique chicken crate ever. Unlike most chicken crates I’ve seen, this one is small and narrow. I instantly fell in love as soon as I saw it, although I wasn’t really sure what I would do with it at the time. But I didn’t let that pesky little detail stop me. Nope, I brought it home, cleaned it up, and immediately started moving it all around the house until I found the perfect spot. After a bit of trial and error, it ended up in our front room and it actually makes the coolest little rustic side table. I snapped a few pictures of it this weekend and I’m excited to share it with you guys today!

Repurposed Chicken Crate Side Table

Repurposed Chicken Crate Side Table

Repurposed Chicken Crate Side Table

Isn’t this the coolest thing ever?! All of the chicken crates I’ve seen are those square box crates that are really big. I like those, but I really love how this one is smaller and narrow. All I had to do to repurpose this into a side table was stand it up on its side instead of laying it down flat. Bada boom bada bing. And I love the little latch door on the front! SO. STINKIN. CUTE. There’s actually a good amount of storage inside, so of course I had to put a few old books in there. I couldn’t help myself!

Repurposed Chicken Crate Side Table
Repurposed Chicken Crate Side Table Repurposed Chicken Crate Side Table Repurposed Chicken Crate Side Table Repurposed Chicken Crate Side Table Repurposed Chicken Crate Side Table Repurposed Chicken Crate Side Table

I really can’t get over how this small chicken crate is literally the perfect size for a side table. It’s just the right height and I think it makes such a fun, rustic addition to this room. Of course I thought about painting it white, but for now I kinda love the weathered wood look. I seem to be liking that more and more lately, but who knows–I could get crazy and change my mind tomorrow. You never know with me! And even though this is a very primitive piece, I think it works in this room. My strategy for adding rustic finds like this into our home is to do it sparingly. I typically prefer to lightly mix these fun, unexpected finds in with more modern, soft touches just to keep things kind of light and cozy. I think the two go together pretty well!

Well let me know what you think about my new repurposed chicken crate table, I’d love to hear it!

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Sarah here! Nice to meet you. I’m a mama to three, wife to my high school sweetheart and accidental blogger. We recently moved to our little homestead on ten acres and we're loving the small town life in Colorado. I hope this space can inspire you to create a home you love and enjoy the simple moments the most.

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50 Comments

  1. 3.19.18
    Heather said:

    LOVE!!! WANT!! NEED??!! Incredible find, Sarah, thanks for sharing!!

    • 3.20.18
      Sarah said:

      hahah thanks Heather!! xo

  2. 3.19.18
    Marilyn S. said:

    Ok Sara —-step away from the paint brush. It’s perfect in its imperfections! Tell us about the throw with ruffled edges .

    • 3.19.18
      Marilyn S. said:

      (Sorry I forgot the H ……….SaraH)

    • 3.20.18
      Sarah said:

      lol! That’s what I’m thinking–no painting for this little guy!! And that ruffled throw is actually from a thrift store. Another lucky find!

  3. 3.19.18
    Dena C. said:

    Happy Monday!! Awesome idea for this chicken crate….and I would definitely keep it unpainted!! ADORABLE 🤗 Thanks for sharing!

    • 3.20.18
      Sarah said:

      I think that’s my plan–no painting! Thanks for stopping in Dena!

  4. 3.19.18
    Rachel said:

    I love white…white anything….but touches of natural wood make things even prettier!

    • 3.20.18
      Sarah said:

      I agree Rachel, I think it’s pretty darn good just like it is!

  5. 3.19.18
    Nikki said:

    What a great find! I love it as a side table.

    • 3.20.18
      Sarah said:

      Thanks sweet Nikki! I love it too

  6. 3.19.18
    Deedra said:

    Love, love, love it! And I agree with stepping away from the paint brush, lol! The natural patina is perfect! I enjoy mixing primitive, rustic pieces into my decor too! It just gives a room such warmth and character. You did good!

    • 3.20.18
      Sarah said:

      haha I think that’s my plan!! No painting for this little crate!

  7. 3.19.18
    Fay said:

    What a splendid find, I love it in all of it’s natural beauty!

    • 3.20.18
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Fay, I think I’ll leave it just like it is.

  8. 3.19.18
    Anna said:

    Oh my gosh, this just took my breath away! Love it!

    • 3.20.18
      Sarah said:

      Thank you Anna!!

  9. 3.19.18
    Angela Servello said:

    You are too adorable. Happy chocolate and caramel day to you. Love both but caramel has been a little rough for me these days. First let me say, love the crate. Awesome find. Secondly and more importantly, I read your ig, although I missed the heck out of you. You brighten my day so, you MUST find a balance that works for you. The internet is an excellent vehicle for many things but can truly eat into your life, if you let it. I have always felt that quiet, reflective thoughts were so healthy for your soul and your mind. Take YOUR time out. We will miss you, but we will always be right here to welcome you back. Stay well, my young friend. Love and hugs, Angela

    • 3.20.18
      Sarah said:

      Ah Angela, you are such a sweetheart. Thank you for the support and kind words!! You are so kind! And I completely agree with you, those quiet moments are so good for our minds and soul. It’s really important for us all to reflect on things and take breaks from technology. It’s all about balance!!

  10. 3.19.18
    Susan said:

    Sooooo cute!!!! I just love this idea! Very creative. Thanks for sharing

    • 3.20.18
      Sarah said:

      Thank you Susan! And thanks for stopping by!

  11. 3.19.18
    Falon said:

    What an AMAZING find! I love it as a side table!

    • 3.20.18
      Sarah said:

      Thanks so much Falon!

  12. 3.19.18
    Teresa said:

    Of course I am soooo happy to see how you have incorporated all the things you recently purchased from me into your home. This little crate is absolutely perfect and spot on in your home. Heading back east soon to hunt more goodies. Anxious for us to connect at the next market, so you can hopefully find more unique treasures to continue creating your beautiful little vintage nest! Hugs – Teresa

    • 3.20.18
      Sarah said:

      Oh Teresa, you had the best finds. I could have bought everything!! Good luck on your trip to find more goodies, can’t wait to see what you come across!!

  13. 3.19.18
    Angel said:

    That is an amazing find. We have a couple of the big crates here on the farm and I told my husband I need him to clean one up for a coffee table. He looked at me like you’re kidding right? Hilarious. This is the same man who thought I bought an actual tree 🌲 for the hallway. “He said why would you pay $90 for a tree for the hallway. No one goes down the damn hallway!” I nearly fell over laughing 😂 he didn’t know what a halltree is. Anywho that’s my funnies for the day. Blessings always

    • 3.20.18
      Sarah said:

      lol now THAT is hilarious!! Thanks for sharing Angel.

  14. 3.19.18
    Barb said:

    What a great find!! Love all your ideas!!

    • 3.20.18
      Sarah said:

      Thanks so much Barb!

  15. 3.19.18
    Janet said:

    Love it & love that it’s natural!
    It’s perfect!

    • 3.20.18
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Janet, I think I’ll leave it natural!

  16. 3.19.18
    sandra steele said:

    WOW love that idea — love your blog Chicken crate is excellent thanks!
    i live in the country in NEW HAMPSHIRE gonna start looking for one!

    • 3.20.18
      Sarah said:

      Good luck finding one Sandra!

  17. 3.19.18
    Barbara Hastings said:

    Such a cool find!

  18. 3.19.18
    Jenifer Scherlin said:

    Seriously? How do you FIND all these great things?? I absolutely love this – great score!!!

    • 3.20.18
      Sarah said:

      haha thanks Jennifer!! I got really lucky when I went to that antique show a few weeks ago!

  19. 3.19.18
    Pat Eoeder said:

    This is a wonderful piece, and looks great where it is…and the color it is!

    • 3.20.18
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Pat! I don’t think I’ll be painting it.

  20. 3.19.18
    Sharon said:

    Great find! I love it too, and the natural look (unpainted) is a good mix! Perfect combo in that room! So cute!

    • 3.20.18
      Sarah said:

      I think it’s a good mix too, I plan on leaving it!

  21. 3.19.18
    Sherri said:

    It’s just SOOO Perfect!! ❤❤❤

    • 3.20.18
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Sherri! It was a lucky find for sure.

  22. 3.20.18
    Mary Kaiser said:

    I love your chicken crate/end table. It is BEAUTIFUL as is! I am glad I am not the only crazy person who brings weird things into her home to call art, I have 2 old wooden bee boxes hanging on my wall in the dining room. My husband looked at me like I was off my Rocker when after scrubbing the bee poop off and oiled the wood up I hung them on the wall!!! LOL, always keep them guessing, he loves how they look now that they are up! He has NO Vision!! Your so lucky to find the things you have been finding. Thanks for sharing!!

    • 3.20.18
      Sarah said:

      haha that is too funny Mary! Glad you have that vision for unique things too!

  23. 3.20.18
    Stephanie said:

    I love this so much and now I want one! I love the natural look and think you should keep it in its original beauty. Thanks for sharing.

    • 3.20.18
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Stephanie!! It was such a lucky find.

  24. 3.20.18
    Anita Natywary said:

    Love this!!! and I think you should keep the natural look, It adds so much character! Thanks for sharing! I love the lamp as well!

    • 3.20.18
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Anita!!

  25. 12.30.18
    Kayla Nunley said:

    Where did you get the chicken crate?

    • 12.30.18
      Sarah said:

      Hi Kayla, I found it at an antique fair earlier this year.