Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky Homestead | October 24, 2013

Vintage Wagon Repurposed As Coffee Table

I’ve been thinking about doing this for about two years now. This weekend I finally did it.


I took and old wooden wagon without slated sides that I found as a roadside rescue and turned it into a low coffee table for my living room. This wagon has over the years graced our three-season’s porch, the studio porch and now the living room.


Is this totally crazy – using an old wagon as a coffee table?

Why did it take me so long to do this you ask? The truth is… I was afraid. I was afraid a wagon in the living room was too “way out there” and that I would be made fun of.  I also think that my “ultra- traditional” background was also a roadblock.

What changed my mind? When I saw a metal antique child car used as a light fixture in a kitchen over an island, and I thought it was fun. I began to think – why not just do it!

A small budget forced me think creatively and as they say, “think outside the box.” Through the years I had cleaned, stained and sealed the wagon as well as waxed the metal handle. It was ready to decorate! So I shopped my house and found a Shaker handled basket in a terra-cotta color, added two green squash, an orange candle and some small pine cones from our trees and walnuts that were a gift from a friend. I added an old rabbit skin to the other end for a cozy, rustic winter look. A few coasters for cork drinks and I was done.

Now I ask myself, why did I wait so long? It’s quirky and unusual and it works for us!

Would you have done this yourself or not? if not, what would you have used this wagon for?

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  1. I think it works well with your decor. I try to add a bit of whimsey to my rooms when I can. It makes them more interesting.

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