Repurposed Entertainment Center (for Slimy Critter Fanatics)

by Linette
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I almost always accept a challenge no matter how crazy they are, but I really enjoyed working on this with my daughter, and her interesting pets seem to really be at home in here.
My daughter really wanted me to make a custom enclosure for her for her snakes. Mind you, I do NOT particularly like snakes but I am always up for a good challenge. We found this entertainment center at the local good will for $35.
We started by removing the doors, back and all hardware. With help from the hubby, we cut door openings in the back where the maintenance will be done (the entertainment center was already on wheels which will make this easy). We lightly sanded and repaired any scratches or dings in the wood with wood putty.
The inside was painted with a nice blue, this will be "sky" in the near future and the rest is painted black.
The vines and trees started to go in, this was done with a combination of brushes and sponges with craft acrylic paint.
After finishing all of the detail work with the flowers and plants that my daughter wanted, it was sealed with polyurethane and allowed to "cure" to make it safe and semi-waterproof for the snakes. We measured, cut, sanded smooth branches that we harvested from a tree that we had recently lost. We then baked the branches to make sure there were no bugs in them and attached them securely to the inside of the enclosure.
We mounted the glass to the inside of the enclosure and caulked it around the edges.
That's where my work ended, my daughter finished the habitat with the things that the snakes enjoy.
My next challenge is to make a water bath for this one, I just haven't figured out how yet.
I still don't particularly care for the snakes too much, but I think their new home turned out great!
Suggested materials:
  • Entertainment Center   (Goodwill)
  • Tempered glass   (local glass cutterl)
  • Paint, sealer and brushes   (local hardware store)
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  • Marlis Horgan Marlis Horgan on Feb 12, 2017
    When did you add the lights?
  • Brooke Wildman Brooke Wildman on Jan 10, 2019

    Does the tank hold moisture Well? I have a old entertainment center that has multiple cubes that I had planned to do this idea with, but my main concern was holding humidity without damaging the wood. I have read to insulate with Styrofoam and seal it.

  • Lucas dur Lucas dur on Jul 19, 2023

    is the paint work as waterproofing ?

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  • Linette Linette on Jun 21, 2016
    Awww thanks! I really did have fun with this!
  • Mandee Mandee on Feb 12, 2017
    This turned out beautiful. This will be the inspiration for the enclosure we are about to build! Thanks so much for posting
    • Linette Linette on Feb 18, 2017
      Thank you, I hope you have as much fun as I did with it!