Sunday, 27 April 2014

Ikea wooden drawers upcycle

I bought these little wooden drawers from Ikea a number of years ago. I don't think that you can still buy these exact drawers, although a similar version is still available - the Ikea Moppe mini chest of drawers. I always felt that I should do something to make them a bit more interesting but for some reason never got around to it. Then I discovered Pinterest, and one of the very first things that I pinned to my popular Craft Inspiration board was some decoupaged Ikea drawers. I've seen some other fab examples since, and so I decided it was time that I had a go!

Ikea Moppe wooden drawers upcycle with patterned paper

This is how the Ikea drawers started out, not only plain but also looking a bit battered and faded after sitting on my bookshelf in sunlight for several years.

Ikea Moppe wooden drawers upcycle with patterned paper

I began by removing the drawers and painting the outside frame. I lightly sanded the wood, then used white emulsion to paint, with a small amount of red poster paint mixed in to make it a very light pink. I painted the top and sides, then along the fronts. I didn't paint all the way inside the box, but I did go in 1-2cm around the insides, as the drawers are not a completely snug fit inside the frame and you can see inside a little bit.

Ikea Moppe wooden drawers upcycle with patterned paper

Then I looked at covering the drawers. I experimented with both paper and card, and found that although the paper did work well, the card was really best. I used plain pink card and some pieces of patterned card that I received from Baker Ross as a member of their blogger network - Spring Patterned Card and Paper. I found the easiest way to do it was to place each drawer face down on the piece of card, lining up the smooth cut edge with the top of the drawer. I cut it out so that there was a border of approximately 2cm around the sides and bottom, then marked out and cut the finger hole in the top of the drawer.

Ikea Moppe wooden drawers upcycle with patterned paper

To glue the card to the drawer I just used PVA glue. I glued the front on first, then folded the card around the bottom and sides and glued that in place. To secure it firmly I used sellotape, which I hope will also make sure that the drawers slide in and out easily and the card doesn't catch.

Ikea Moppe wooden drawers upcycle with patterned paper

My drawers are not used very frequently, so I'm hoping that this will be strong enough to last. For drawers that are in more frequent use I would probably cover them with clear contact paper or perhaps a layer of glue. I also chose not to put labels on the drawers as I'm likely to change their function regularly.

I'm so proud of them!

Ikea Moppe wooden drawers upcycle with patterned paper


And the best thing about this project? I completed it all with small children around! Harry occupied himself, and Mia did her own painting and cutting alongside me while I did mine, and considering how long I've been putting it off it really didn't take long at all!

I went on to do another Ikea upcycling project - decorating some Ikea wooden magazine files - another really simple project that has made a big difference to the look of my bookshelves.

14 comments:

  1. They look fantastic! What a great idea!! x

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  2. I have these draws in my cupboard somewhere. Great way to update them!

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    1. They are really great little drawers, I'm thinking about getting some more for around the house as they are so useful!

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  3. They look wonderful. Pinning to my storage board, pretty storage is an essential part of life I think :-) #tuesdaytutorials

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    1. Thank you! Yes, storage should definitely be pretty!

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  4. They look great, I was investigationg decoupage last week, but haven't got round to actually doing it yet.

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  5. These are wonderful, I saw a picture of them on instagram and I hoped that you would do a little tutorial

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  6. Love these! I have a set of these drawers somewhere... I am so doing this when I find them! Pinning this now :) #pintorials

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  7. These look great, nice transformation. I love the colors and patterns you used.

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  8. Love this, such a cute idea x

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  9. Absolutely love these! Really fancy trying it myself :) #pintorials

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