Yikes! While I am sure there are some incredible ‘designer’ fish tanks out there (built into the wall, etc), that kind of thing was not in our budget. So we had to get creative, and we decided to build one ourselves! This was a large undertaking, since the cabinet had to be able to handle a lot of weight, so we consulted a professional to help us build it and he did an amazing job: http://www.winchesterconstruction.ca/ Our starting point was to look at other similar pieces of furniture and gain inspiration into what we wanted this piece to look like. I searched magazines and websites and finally found a really neat mandarin-style sideboard from Crate and Barrel that had an interesting yet simple pattern:
We took this idea and modified it to fit our needs. Here are a few pics of the process, I was the unofficial supervisor (meaning I sat back and watched! Ha ha):
It might be hard to tell in the photos but we used an ultra-high gloss white paint (which would make wiping water spills easy and gave a more modern look). All of the front details were done with inexpensive strips of MDF. We found the hardware at Lee Valley Tools.
The tank now sits in our dinning room (which doesn’t have any other furniture yet as you can see! Still a work in progress).
We filled it with beautiful fish and it is so fun and relaxing to watch, I can’t wait to have a table in there to sit back and enjoy them!