I was recently given a 10 gallon tank, so I've been perusing a stand to use. The local Goodwill had a fancy little wooden file cabinet, and this Saturday was a half off sale day, I picked it up for 8 dollars.
I wanted to make doors that swung out, instead of pull out along a track, so I tore the guts out, leaving only the faces.
After a quick trip to the Home Depot, I grabbed a few hinges, and mounted them to the side of the cabinet and drawer faces.
I brought it outside, lightly sanded the whole unit, and shot it with a couple coats of primer
And a coat of gloss black (satin would have been better in retrospect)
After drying overnight, I brought it inside, de-rimmed my 10 gallon gift and sat an extra light on top of it.
Here is it's position in the room
All in all, this is a great stand. Your mileage may vary, but I thought I'd throw this together to show how really ugly furniture can be converted into something less ugly
Filing Cabinet : 8.00
Spray Paint : 6.00
Hinges : 4.00
Sandpaper : 2.00
TOTAL : 22.00
This project took me about half a day to complete. It would have been much quicker if I had a drill, but I had to drive all the screws for the hinges and door stops in by hand
Also, pulling the rim off the tank took about 15 minutes. I just used a razor blade, and cut the trim on the inside and outside of the glass from underneath, cutting through the silicone and plastic as well. The trim will lift off, leaving only the part that is siliconed to the top of the glass. I carefully pulled it off with the help of the razor blade. A little patience really payed off, as this tank looks really awesome now.