Wednesday, September 15, 2010

a repurposed chicken crate

This chicken crate was picked up some
years ago at a barn sale--perfect
for carting our pleasingly plump birds
to the butcher,
...until this summer that is, when I decided I needed
it for a project.
And, the hens did not at all mind parting with it :)





Some sanding, lots of scrubbing, some stain,
a bit of homemade beeswax polish,
four casters {found at a yard sale for $5},
and a glass top,
and it was ready for the sunroom.

48 comments:

  1. you are one clever cookie!

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  2. I love this! The patina is wonderful. The glass top is perfect and easy to clean. Really like the bowl of yarn :)

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  3. This looks so cool! My grandparents used these same kind for their chickens, wish I had one!

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  4. A lovely makeover. You clever person!

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  5. OMG..I love these chicken crates. I am so excited for when the next mud sale happens next spring in my area to pick up a few at the auction. They can have many uses...a friend of mine has one oin her garden with flowers and spilling out and I have seen them done like yours made into a coffee table which is one of the things I am interested in doing....great job!!!!

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  6. What a clever cookie you are ...

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  7. That is a gorgeous recyling project. Your home just oozes charm and coziness!

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  8. That is SOOOOOOO perfect! I don't comment very often, but that is THE best re-purpose I have ever seen!
    Totally keeping my eyes open for one of these for myself! :)

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  9. Such a creative and imaginative mind you have. I love it.

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  10. It turned out very nicely! Could you share your recipe for the homemade beeswax polish? Thanks!

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  11. This is impossible! Great job once again!

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  12. It looks super and yes I'm sure your chickens were only too happy to see it go..

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  13. How clever! And I'll just bet that the chooks are smiling.

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  14. Such a great idea!!!

    Hugs Camilla

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  15. What a clever idea! Congrats, it looks great!

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  16. I love the look of chicken crates but never picked one up because I did not know what I would do with it. My hunt for one starts today. Love you idea, love your home, so cozy and inviting. You brought me out of lurking with this project.

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  17. I love this! I've never seen one of those (city-dweller) but I am now on the lookout. What a great idea. I love how thrifty and creative you are. Your home looks so comfortable and cozy. :)

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  18. Hi Deb, I'm new to your blog, spotted you on Patti Clark's blog! I make jewelry, here's my blog http://goinoffthebeadinpath.blogspot.com/
    I see we have some things in common! I grew up with my father's 1,000 chickens! So I thought your chicken crate idea was especially innovative and amusing, too. Your garden is to envy! I'll come back when the latest show is over. Hope you'll visit me sometime! I'm adding you to my blog list :)

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  19. Your sunroom looks like a pic out of Crate and Barrel. Of course, the bowl of yarn makes it even more perfect!

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  20. get out !!! what an idea ~ this is wonderful ~ love it :)

    Tanya

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  21. WOW. That was an absolutely FANTASTIC idea!

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  22. Amazing! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  23. I especially love the wheels! Also, the cookies (yesterday) turned out so delicious - I'm going to have to freeze the rest of the dough so that I don't finish it myself...

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  24. What a perfect table! So clever.

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  25. Very nice -- I love it! I bet the chicken's love it too!

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  26. I love this. I always love your ideas...

    But. I used to have one of these chicken crates - from my grandparents- and for the likes of me I have no idea what ever happened to it. (we've moved several times since)

    I'm certainly on the lookout, now, for another.

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  27. This brings back memories! My cousins had one of these for a coffee table. They moved far away many, many years ago and I have only seen them once since.

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  28. I love this. We actually have chickens but nothing this wonderful to keep them in! Or to repurpose....I would love this. YOu did a great job with the chicken crates.
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  29. Love, Love, Love it. It a perfect addtion to your sunroom.

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  30. Since the first time I saw a chicken crate coffee table when I was a young bride many years ago I've admired them and wished I could find one. So glad you were able to 'borrow' yours from the chickens. It looks wonderful in your home!
    ~Adrienne~

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  31. Oh my gosh. Who wooda thunk it! Very cleaver and talented, you are!

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  32. arrrgh! that looks so good...I wish you had this photo up when I tried to share my "vision" of a chicken crate coffee table last fall :))

    needless to say, the chicken crate stayed in the junk store where I came across it...

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  33. Love it, way better then some boaring table xoxo Clarice

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  34. Wow Deb, the chicken crate/table looks amazing, I love how you can have the idea to change something into something else it's great

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  35. I'm not usually a fan of glass-topped tables, but this is an architectural gem. I bet it's a conversation piece . . . very nice.

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  36. Brilliant-I love this!!

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  37. I must be a bad person because when I saw that coffee table, looking for all the world like a jail cell, I thought, "What a great place to put the cats."

    In my defense, there's three of them; they're big, rambunctious Maine Coons; and one of them is a bully. (Maybe he's the only one who needs to go to jail.)

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  38. Love it! I have a glass top for a coffee table needing a base. I'm still looking for something....:)

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  39. Ah yes, absolutely wonderful! I just love it! It reminds me of the old railroad carts turned into coffee tables. I've been looking for one to make into a table and found one for $575! So needless to say, I'll still looking! This is awesome too! I think I like it even better because you can add things to the inside. Now I will add a chicken crate to my mental treasure list. Thanks for the wonderful idea, love it!!

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  40. Wow, GORGEOUS!! I'm so impressed. You really did a great job.

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  41. Hey, that's a nifty chicken crate table. I have one of those crates out in the granary. You're so smart!

    Jody

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  42. A. Sanborn5:10 AM

    Chicken L-O-V-E!

    Did you use a tempered glass top on your creatively clever coop table?  I'd like to do this to a wrought iron table with sandwiched vintage -local- ephemera.

    TFS

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  43. You know what, I'm not sure if it's tempered glass. I went to my local glass place to get a piece cut, and told them what I needed it for. It is fairly thick.



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