How To Pimp An Ikea Moppe With Maps And Leather
Ok, the idea is that when you buy something from IKEA that is unfinished you finish it! When I say unfinished I don’t mean the assembly bit I mean the varnishing and paint. A classic example of an IKEA unfinished product is the IKEA Moppe.
If you not familiar with IKEA names the Moppe is an unfinished birch wood mini chest. Really handy for storing little bits and pieces.
I’ve had my Moppe for over 10 years and I still hadn’t finished it. It just sat on a shelf in the playroom. I stuffed the drawers of the Moppe full of the little things I find and didn’t want to throw away just in case they were a vital component of some toy or electronic gadget.
Well, the other day I decided that it was time to finally finish my unfinished IKEA Moppe. I emptied the drawers of all the little things that hadn’t turned out to be important, (but I’ll hang on to them just in case). And now that I no longer have need of a playroom I gave my IKEA Moppe sophisticated make-over.
If you are a regular reader of my blog it will come as no surprise to you that I used maps for my IKEA Moppe pimp. You see this isn’t a first for me Ikea and maps, it’s a bit of a winning combination. You should check out my Ikea hack map table and my Ikea Lamp hack.
Anyway, I love how this IKEA Moppe has turned out the combination of maps and leather has really transformed it into something more elegant and finished!
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What you need to Pimp and IKEA Moppe
- An IKEA Moppe – They are still available in Ikea in various sizes. You can, of course, use this tutorial for any wooden chest you want to pimp.
- Furniture wax in dark
- Cavallini World Map Wrapping
- Mod Podge – Or other decoupage glue.
- Cutting board and rotary cutter
- Leather strap – I used one from an old handbag. You can buy leather straps on amazon if you don’t have one.
- Upholstery pins
How to pimp your Ikea Moppe with Maps
- I wanted to give the chest a more vintage look so the first thing I did was antique the wood with a dark furniture varnish. This also provides a protective layer. I didn’t bother waxing the drawer fronts as they were going to be decoupaged.
- The next thing was to cut out the map wrapping paper for the decoupage. I wanted the front of the drawers to look like one complete world map. To ensure this happened I removed the draws from the chest placed them together face down on the map wrapping paper and drew around them.
- Once the drawer fronts were carefully marked out on the wrapping paper I cut them out on a cutting mat with a rotary cutter.
- Using Mod Podge (other decoupage glues are available), I pasted the glue onto both the drawer front and the map wrapping paper. Make sure you stick your map the right way up, it’s so easy not too! I wait a minute till the glue is a little tacky before sticking the map to the drawer. Continue until all the drawers are finished.
Adding the leather pulls to your IKEA Moppe
To add to the new sophisticated “World” class look of the revamped IKEA Moppe, I made some leather drawer pulls and handles.
I had a leather strap I’d kept from an old handbag. I simply cut the strap into 5 small strips for the drawer pulls, and one longer strip for the handles.
These were then attached to the front of each drawer with a hammer and an upholstery pin.
Now the Ikea Moppe is finished I think it’s too good for the old playroom and it will go on the bookshelf in the living room. However, I will continue to fill the drawers with those little bits and pieces that I don’t know what they are for but I’m too scared to throw away in case they are important!
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