Santa brought my daughter a lizard for Christmas last year. It lives in a 50-gallon aquarium tank in my living room. Did you hear me? I said there’s a 4-foot freakin’ glass box sitting in my living room. With a lizard in it.
1. Find a piece of furniture that makes this tank look
2. Make it look like it belongs in the room/fits with my decor.
3. Incorporate storage to hide things like live crickets and freeze-dried crickets grasshoppers.
4. As always, do it for cheap.
I searched high-and-low for traditional aquarium stands that fit these criteria. All the options were either too ugly or too expensive. So I turned to my good friend, the Salvation Army. It was there I found this lovely for $60.
Perfect. I knew as soon as I saw it. And yes, I realize it’s a china hutch, not an aquarium stand. After a lot of demo, sanding, sweating, and painting it was transformed into this.
Beautiful, yes? I included a couple close-ups of the distressing since you can’t see it very well in the other shots. My favorite part is the faux stainless steel base/stand that, ironically enough, matches the base of the china hutch in my dining room. Confession: I’m not in love with the feathers on the doors but I can’t make up my mind what else to do. Those flat panels are screaming for a painted pattern of some sort but there are so many great options, I just can’t decide. Here are some of my favorite inspiration pieces.
In the end I want the doors to make a statement, but not a “high-five you in the face with a hammer” statement. I’ll be sure to post an update if I ever make a decision. Of course your ideas and suggestions are welcome.