Sunday, April 3, 2011

Curio Cabinet turned Chameleon Terrarium! Part 2

Hello bloggers!  First off I want to say that I am so sorry for being away for too long.  To say that life has been crazy these past couple weeks would be a serious understatement, for example about 3-4 hrs of sleep was a 'good' day...yuck.  Buuuuut this weekend I finally accomplished something other than my mounds of homework and "end of the semester" projects and I am SO excited about it!  Remember my earlier post about turning an ugly curio cabinet into a terrarium for the chameleon Spencer said I could get?  Well here is a little reminder:
 After a TON of work and elbow grease I turned it into this!!!
 Okay so not the greatest picture (its still living in the storage room until we move next month), I still have to find sticks/branches and such for chameleon climbing material but unfortunately it decided to FREEZING RAIN today so I wasn't about to trek outside in that nastiness.  I will have to post again when I do and I can introduce the little guy.  We still have to come up with a name...SUGGESTIONS?? (As long as its a boy name of course)

Spencer took pictures as the process went along.  To start I sanded and primed the entire thing.
Then I painted it this pale robins egg blue.  Its hard to tell in the pictures, the bright lighting makes it look pretty white but you can tell in this pic
 I just absolutely love the details at the top of the cabinet and the door of the cupboard at the bottom.
Since the cabinet didn't have a door Spencer helped me make one.  I went to the local hardware store and purchased wood to make the door frame, hinges, locks, screening and wood trim.  I forgot my camera the weekend I did all that so sorry for no documentation.  I measured for the door and Spencer cut the wood and nailed it together.  I used my staple gun to screen in the entire cabinet and door frame then used the wood trim to cover up the staples and frayed edges of the screen.  Once that was all done I screwed the door onto the cabinet with the hinges and locks I bought.
To finish it off I cut some terrarium green liner for the floor and added the CUTEST little door knob I found at World Market Cost Plus.
I am SO HAPPY it is finally finished and I can't wait until the new babies arrive and we can make this house a home


  1. hi
    thanks for this post....
    You have some wonderful storage solutions and you are so organized!
    Curio Cabinets

  2. Hey girl, link it up again at my place so we can all see the finished project! I think it is great. It looks like it might be too nice for a chameleon!

  3. Your makeover is absolutely beautiful - and practical. You'll have spoiled chameleons for making one like this for them :) Thanks for sharing this at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.


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