Chicken Coop Coffee Table

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I have a history with chicken coops. My first stove was a chicken coop! It had Coke bottle cap knobs and the top burners were drawn on with crayons. It was where I baked my Pokeberry mud pies out by the barn under the shade of a big Pine tree. I can remember my Mom saying as she nailed the Coke caps to the front of the coop, "Sometimes you just have to make your own fun!" It was hot summertime and I'm sure she had heard us say, one too many times, that we were bored. I've repeated that statement to my son and grandson. It is a life lesson that I'm passing on.
A chicken coop, for those who may not be familiar with it, was a wooden box used to transport chickens. The top has a spring loaded trap door (that's where the mud pies go in). When I found this coop in Mena, Arkansas, I was excited. I've seen them through the years, but they are usually in really bad shape. This one was still intact so I snatched it up, not sure what I was going to do with it, but I wanted it.
It has Bright Coop Co, Nacogdoches, Texas stenciled on both sides. 
On a trip to Ikea, I spied this coffee table and took a chance that the coop would fit inside and it did!
 The glass top table creates a great display and it is very functional.
One of these days, I may put my egg baskets that are shaped like chickens inside. Won't that be fun!
Sometimes you just have to make your own fun!!

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Jesus said, “I praise you, Father. You are Lord of heaven and earth. You have hidden these things from the wise and educated. But you have shown them to little children. Matthew 11:25

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  1. I love your coffee table.Your mud pies brought back memories,of me and a cousin of mine making those when i would go stay with them in the summer.That was around Siloam Springs,Ark.Have a great day.

    1. Good memories! Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

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    1. Hi Kim, I visited your blog. You are quite the adventurer. I like that. Have a good week and visit again soon.

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    1. Thanks, Becky! I really took a chance when I bought the table, considering Ikea is about 3 hours, on a good day, from my house. Have a good week.

  4. I just found your blog (shabbyartboutique link) and I'm so happy I did!
    I was actually drawn to the yo-yo piece on the table top but I enjoyed your post and looking through some others so I'll be following by email.

    1. Hi Elaine, I'm glad you found me and so excited that you will be following along. We'll talk again soon. Enjoy your weekend.

  5. I love creative uses for old things and this is lovely! Thanks for sharing it at the Vintage Inspiration Party at Knick of Time!

  6. What were you doing in Mena? Any suggestions for 'junkin' there?
    Your coffee table is a conversation starter for sure. It looks just great in that lovely room.

    1. Sometimes we just take off with no plans and this is where we ended up that weekend. They had a really nice main street with antique stores. We had a great weekend! I recommend the cafe on main street...great biscuits and gravy.

  7. SUPER fun! I love that it just "fit" inside the Ikea coffee table..."meant to be :)


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