Simple and Brilliant Ikea Moppe Hack With Maps

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!
A fantastic IKEA Moppe hack with a vintage world map and leather draw pulls.  Full step by step DIY.  Great gift for those with wanderlust.
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How to pimp your Ikea Moppe with Maps

  1. 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.


  3. 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.


  5. Once the drawer fronts were carefully marked out on the wrapping paper I cut them out on a cutting mat with a rotary cutter.


  7. 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.

Ikea Moppe hack with maps and leather drawer pulls.  Great look for those with wanderlust.
Ikea Moppe hack with maps and leather drawer pulls.  Great look for those with wanderlust.
A fantastic IKEA Moppe hack with a vintage world map and leather drawer handles.  Full step by step DIY.  Great gift for those with wanderlust.
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!
For those with wanderlust a fantastic transformation of an IKEA Moppe. Decoupaged with a vintage world map & leather drawer pulls for this elegant hack.
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83 Responses

  1. Shirley

    I too have one of these little drawer units and keep saying I will give it a makeover soon. Uuuhhhu…
    Love what you did with yours!

  2. Hi, I think this is a fabulous project, and so I tried it. My son had thrown away his belt that I had in mind to use so had to improvise. I am really happy with it. Thank you so much.

    • Thank you so much. I love to hear when people try my projects. I’m really pleased it went well. I still love my Moppe it sits in the hallway and is currently used to hold recipts and other random things I don’t quite want to throw away yet.

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  5. Mobilya Modelleri said this is good

  6. Or do you just put the drawers in back to front?

  7. Love this idea: I will use real maps though! I hold onto the old ones when the are revised and sometimes pick them up at charity shops. I’m concerned about the sturdiness where the thumb indentations were on the Moppe though. Did I miss a step where you filled that in? I see that the pills won’t stress it but clumsy me, I’ll bump it every time I put something in. I think I’ll try to work out a way to glue in a piece of cardboard cut to shape before covering the drawers.

    • Thank you! You could do the cardboard or just put the drawers in back to front either way will work

  8. What a fantastic idea this is! Absolutely amazing. Never thought of this kind of idea can be from IKEA. I will definitely try this idea at my home as early as possible.
    Thank you for sharing this idea.
    Keep sharing ideas like this.

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  10. Maps and leather,just perfect!!!

  11. Goodness me! I just love it! TFS
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  13. I love how this turned out, Claire! What a gem. 🙂 You’ll never get tired of this piece of furniture.

    • Thank you, I do love it. Then again I love most things with maps on them.

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  17. I love your project. We don’t seem to have that box available to us in the United States market, so I would have to get these wonderful storage boxes from either the UK or UAE, which is what came up when I searched. Poo! I want some!

    • THank you !Have you tried eBay. The tutorial would work for other mini drawers. You can get jewellery boxes/cabinets on Amazon that are similar and would look fantastic with maps on them. Good luck hopefully you will find something similar.

  18. Such a great makeover. Our daughter has an unfinished one of these too, also about 10 years old. (the drawer unit not her!) I especially love the handbag strap handles.

    • Thank you, Julie I have a couple more round the house too still unfinished.

  19. Of all your map projects this one is my favorite. I also have a drawer and lots of boxes filled with things I don’t want to throw away, just in case. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope you’re having a great weekend.

    • Thank you so much, I hope you enjoy what is left of your weekend.

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  21. This turned out great….love everything about it!! Thanks for sharing it on Sweet Inspirations! 🙂

  22. Wowza Claire, this is simply gorgeous. I love everything about it from the handles to the map. Stunning makeover

  23. I love all the projects where you’ve used maps and this one is no exception, it looks awesome! The dark wax and the leather pulls are the icing on the cake!
    I am featuring it on this week’s party, congratulations Claire.

  24. This is absolutely fantastic! I definitely need one of these in my life. I could use it to store so much stuff… I may need to make a few. Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us at Merry Monday this week!

  25. Such an awesome creation, Claire! I love everything about it. Thank you so much for sharing at Project Inspire{d}!

    Have an amazing weekend.

  26. Claire,
    This project is adorable. It is colorful and the belt is perfect for upcycling. Thanks for joining TADA this week. See you next Thursday.
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

    • Thank you so much. The map gift wrap is nice and colourful. See you later.

  27. I loved how this has turned out! And the touch of leather gives it an extra touch of elegance. Thanks for bringing this wonderful post at the Family Joy Blog Link up party! Pinned 🙂

  28. WOW! This is one of the most amazing transformations in a piece of furniture I have seen. I love it!!!

  29. Great project! I featured this today on the To Grandma’s House We Go link party.

  30. Sandi magle

    This is very nifty, but it’s your leather handles that put this project over the top.
    Grins, thanks for the idea, Sandi

  31. Love your project Claire–pinned and facebooked!

  32. Once again, you amaze me with your crafting skills and creative ideas, Claire! This looks so unique and pretty. Thank you for sharing this at the Friday Favorites linky party! Hope to see you next time 🙂


  33. Claire your map projects are out of this world!! So inspirational 🙂

  34. Claire, you are too darn clever! Love that you used the map to cover the chest. And those leather pulls? Pure creative genius. I always enjoy seeing what you come up with.

    Thanks for the inspiration today.

    Hugs, Lynn

  35. i love this! the leather just makes it pop.

  36. creativejewishmom/sara

    fabulous claire, now i know that i need to buy one of these too so I’ll have a place for those bits and pieces as well! now just how to sneak it into the cart at Ikea without the husband noticing! thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday as always.

    • Thank you. Sara. I tend to go to Ikea without my husband that way I can buy what I want.

  37. Claire, this may be my favorite of the map projects you’ve shared–love it! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm. Pinned!

  38. Kim

    The leather detailing really takes it to the next level….awesome.

  39. Another idea for the leather is to use old belts. You can often find them at thrift stores. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

  40. What a fabulous result. So creative and fun. Cheers to you!

  41. LOVE the transformation!! I love the effect of the leather pulls.. I am always amazed at your creative map projects.
    I am so sad they dont sell the Moppe at Ikea anymore!! I so need it and your project has me wanting it even more!

    • Oh that’s a shame, they sell the Moppe in IKEA in Europe, I wonder why they stopped in the US. You can do the transformation with any mini-drawers chest. Thanks.

  42. Wow, awesome transformation! You could write a book with all your amazing map projects. Visiting from BOB Tribe.

  43. OH Claire a love this hack! first off I adore using maps and second it’s just so cute and a perfect piece that’s so versatile, thanks for sharing your project at Fridays Furniture Fix! Pinning to my ikea board!

  44. You really are the map queen Claire and I think you’re giving me a run for my money with the IKEA HACKS 😉 This looks amazing!

  45. What a fantastic transformation. Thanks for sharing with us at #CCBG

  46. This is brilliant and so awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  47. this turned out great Claire!! It definitely deserves to move up to the living room! Pinning 🙂

  48. Claire, this map covered IKEA Moppe is so awesome! I love the use of the leather straps for pulls. This is really a beautiful piece!

  49. I love all your projects! and this one is super cute, too! The leather strap pulls are adorable and just the right touch! Pinning.

  50. Claire this is fabulous! I love your fearless use of leather. I’ve been wanting to try using leather on something lately, I just haven’t found the right project yet. xx

    • Thank you, Kate. The leather pulls were so easy to do. Hopefully you’ll find the right project soon.

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