Repurposed Fish Tank

26 June
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Well, the weekend is over and it's time to head back to work :o( Wah-Waaah... my mom and I had a great day thrifting on Saturday, we found a few really good sales and I'll be sharing my finds at Treasure Trove Tuesday.

I also made a few changes to my living room over the weekend by rearranging the furniture and bringing in some new decor from either thrift store scores or shopping my own house. I'll be sharing the reveal soon but today I wanted to share a really simple repurposing project I completed for the room.

How to repurpose a fish tank

I've been gathering sea shells whenever I see them at garage sales and thrift shops ever since I saw this from Better Homes and Gardens.

Source: Better Homes & Gardens
And I've been on the hunt for an old fish tank for some time. I finally found this one at a garage sale recently for $3.

I don't know who Tesla is... the reptile that used to inhabit this tank home perhaps!?

Then I saw this on Brooke's home tour over at Nesting With Grace.

It's not a fish tank but it reminds me of one and I really loved the gold edges.

Source: Nesting with Grace
If you've never seen Brooke's blog you should totally check it out, I love her style!

So, I cleaned up my fish tank, taped it off and gave it a coat of gold paint over the black edges.

And as you can see I filled it with those sea shells I've been collecting, a cool piece of driftwood I found at a thrift shop, and a little "imagine" sign... I don't live anywhere near a beach so I have to imagine! :o)

Here is another really cool idea for old fish tanks from Justina Blakeney's book The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes!

Source: Justina Blakeney

I'm pretty happy with how mine came out, what do you think?

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  1. Tania, I LOVE it! Thanks for the great idea. Now I'll be on the hunt for an aquarium.

    1. Thanks Linda! I hope you find one!!


  2. What a cool idea! I would love a better way to display my shell collection. Now I've got something else to add to my list of 'wants'!!

  3. Love it! The gold is the perfect touch around the edges.

  4. I never thought of repurposing an aquarium, but like the idea! Like how you displayed yours!

  5. Very cool Tania. Painitng it gold makes all the difference. And those sea shells in there look really great.

  6. WOW. LOVE THIS!! Pinning. I've got a fish tank laying around! And, of course, I have lots of shells...

    1. Thanks Linda! Isn't it a great feeling when you see something you love and then realize... hey! I have everything I need already to make that!! :o)


  7. I think it's fabulous, that's what I think Tania! Love it. Love the gold trim and your "Imagine" sign. A perfect display for your shell collection. I'm trying to think where I could put such a thing in my house...thanks so much for linking it up with us at Vintage Charm :)


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