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Wood and Metal Aquarium Stand

Marie, a KOD reader without a blog, wanted to create a display shelf on a wrought iron aquarium stand she purchase online.

A bookcase from Ballard offered just the look Marie was after, and she sought out the help of her husband to revamp the aquarium stand by adding two plywood shelves.

I’ll let Marie take it away with the details…

“The aquarium stand came disassembled.  The top shelf and the bottom shelf were each intact.

I used these to trace on the plywood the size needed for each shelf.  My husband then used a table saw to cut the shelves out.

With a jigsaw, I  notched out the 4 corners of the bottom shelf where the legs would be.  I then sanded both shelves and stained them.  I did not leave the stain on very long before wiping it off because I wanted the grain of the plywood to show through.

Once I assembled the aquarium stand, the shelves fit right in.  My husband then put screws though the bottom of the wrought iron and into the plywood in 4 areas of each shelf to keep the shelves from slipping.”

I love the combination of the wood and metal and how it adds to the style of the aquarium stand.

Plus, Marie utilized the otherwise wasted space under the aquarium by adding a bottom shelf and created more room for decorating and storage!

For large aquariums, this space is usually dedicated to sump or canister filters but surely Marie doesn’t need that.

So she improvised! Nicely done, Marie!

ballard inspired bookcase aquarium stand

Marie was inspired by the Durham Short Bookcase from Ballard Designs.


Thank you, Marie, for sharing your tutorial with us!

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Friday 14th of June 2013

I MUST agree khad! My husband wants a fish tank and all I kept thinking was, "Ugggly!" If he agrees to keep it down to a manageable size, THIS is wouldn't mind!! And I already have a stand so similar to this! THANKS!


Friday 5th of April 2013

I love this!! Where at online did you buy the iron stand?

Marie Cheek

Friday 5th of April 2013

Thanks April! I bought the stand from Fosters and Smith. Here is the link:


Monday 1st of April 2013

Oh my goodness! I have always hated fish tanks because they are usually an eyesore. Marie actually made one look cute! I laughed when I opened this email. It is truly cute and original. Marie, you should do a blog. I have a feeling you have a ton of good ideas under your hat. :D

Marie Cheek

Tuesday 2nd of April 2013

Thank you for the kind words, Khadija! I feel the same way as you about aquarium stands and consider it a great compliment that you like mine.


Tuesday 2nd of April 2013

Khadija, Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment and encourage Marie. She did an awesome job adding some style to her tank stand!

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