Upcycle Old Crates into a Coffee Table

Upcycle Old Crates into a Coffee Table

The Joy of Repurposing

I’ve always been a design geek, and I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t trying to put my personal stamp on my living spaces. DIY-ing something I couldn’t find or couldn’t afford to buy has been a lifelong passion of mine. Last year, when we renovated a distressed property into an Airbnb, I had the perfect opportunity to unleash my creativity.

That’s where my love for repurposing really shines through. Hitting up the vintage markets in my area during the summer is like a religious experience for me, and I’ve scored some incredible finds over the years. There’s just something so satisfying about taking something old and discarded and giving it a new life.

Vintage Crate Meets Rustic Charm

One of my all-time favorite finds was an antique chicken crate. It was a bit rough, and dare I say, even a little smelly. But the moment I laid eyes on it, I knew I had to have it. I love pieces that feel both unique and old, with a touch of rustic charm.

With just a few hours and a good bit of scrubbing, I was able to transform this vintage crate into an upcycled coffee table that now graces our covered porch. The process was surprisingly easy, and the end result is a showstopper that’s the perfect blend of industrial and farmhouse chic.

Crate Conversion 101

If you’re intrigued by the idea of turning an old crate into a coffee table, let me walk you through the steps I took to bring this project to life.

First, I had to figure out the ideal size for my upcycled coffee table. The beauty of using a vintage crate is that it’s already the perfect shape and size, but depending on your space, it might be too big or too small. As a general rule, you want your coffee table to be about two-thirds the length of your sofa and about 16-18 inches high.

Timber Building has a great selection of reclaimed wood crates that would be perfect for this project, but you can also scour your local flea markets, antique shops, or even Facebook Marketplace to find the perfect vintage piece.

Once I had my crate, the real magic began. I started by giving it a good scrub-down to remove any dirt, grime, or lingering odors. Then, it was time to add the wheels. I chose a set of heavy-duty casters that would not only make the table easy to move around but also give it a touch of industrial flair.

With the casters in place, I was ready for the final touches. I wanted to enhance the rustic vibe, so I reached for a can of Minwax Gel Stain in the Coffee color. The thicker consistency of the gel stain helped me control the application and get an even, consistent finish. A couple of coats of Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane, and my vintage crate coffee table was ready to take center stage.

Styling for Success

Now, the fun part: styling my new coffee table masterpiece. I wanted to keep the vibe casual and eclectic, so I opted for a mix of vintage-inspired and natural elements. A couple of stacks of old books, a potted plant, and a few decorative pieces from my own collection completed the look.

The great thing about this DIY coffee table is that it’s a blank canvas, just waiting for your personal touch. You could go for a more modern aesthetic by pairing it with sleek, minimalist accessories, or you could lean into the farmhouse charm and layer on the rustic textures.

A Versatile Showstopper

One of the best things about this upcycled coffee table is its versatility. It’s the perfect statement piece for any room, whether it’s gracing the living room of our Airbnb or serving as the centerpiece of our covered porch. And the best part? I can easily move it around to suit my changing needs.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m already on the lookout for another vintage chicken crate to turn into a coffee table for one of our rental properties. The unique character and functionality of these repurposed pieces make them a showstopper in any space.

Upcycling for the Win

I can’t tell you how much joy this DIY coffee table project has brought me. There’s something so deeply satisfying about taking something old and giving it a new lease on life. And the best part? I get to enjoy the fruits of my labor every single day.

If you’re looking for a fun, budget-friendly way to add some character to your living space, I highly recommend giving this upcycled crate coffee table a try. It’s a project that’s sure to impress your guests and ignite your own creative spark. So, grab a vintage crate, a can of Minwax Gel Stain, and get ready to transform your space one DIY project at a time.


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