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Transform Your Ikea Storage Boxes!

It's funny how stumbling across something as you wander around the internet sets you off on a new project. I was looking for storage for my bedroom and found a website called Ikea Hackers where people have altered items bought from Ikea. There was a post on how someone had pimped their Ikea Moppe mini drawers to resemble those library card storage drawers that are so expensive to buy now. I found the blog post by Kristine of The Painted Hive which explains how she did it and I was inspired to have a go myself!
First I had to buy the drawers. There isn't an Ikea near Eastbourne, well there are stores at Lakeside and Croydon but they're a bit far unless you want to make a day of it. Blessed will be the day they open an Ikea in Brighton! I'm afraid I am an Ikea virgin and have yet to set foot in a store with all their things of loveliness I can only drool over from afar. So I bought the drawers on Amazon instead.......

I sanded the unit to smooth the untreated pine and to round the corners slightly before wiping with a damp cloth to remove the dust. I did this outside on a freezing day and could only just feel my hands by the time I'd finished! After I'd warmed up I decorated the front of the drawers with a stamped design.

I used some of the stamps I use for etching copper with Stayz On ink and stamped the "back" of the drawers as I was going to add knobs to them and didn't want the finger holes visible. I then stained the pine with a dark oak coloured wood dye. I gave it two coats, leaving it to dry for an hour between coats.

 I then applied two coats of Danish Oil which soaks into the wood and gives it a soft shine. I was really pleased with the colour and the way it brings out the grain.

Then it was time for knobs! I had planned on antique brass knobs but doing a search I discovered the wonderful world of ceramic knobs! Ooh, they are lovely! Especially the hand painted Indian style which made it very hard to choose. I was going to stick to smallish one's as the drawers are small but went for 4cm knobs in the end (there's more choice in the bigger sizes). I choose some orange and cream painted knobs from eBay.......eventually.

After drilling holes for the knobs and using my round jewellery needle file to make them bigger (didn't have a big enough drill bit!) the knobs were fitted. Ta da! An uninspired plain pine box transformed!

I really enjoyed the whole project as it was nice to do something different and not jewellery related. Now I want to do some more!


  1. Very interesting idea and tutorial!Beautiful transformation!

  2. I really like it.
    Given me a plan for a 'treasure' box for the children now.
    Thank you!

  3. These turned out beautifully! I've never been to Ikea either but am hoping to go soon with a friend who need craft room organization. The closest one is over an hour away.

  4. They look so great! It was worth the trip indeed!!

  5. well done you, these look fab, I love ikea, but my husband hates it with a passion, think I will have to get myself at set of these drawers, Thanks for sharing ;-)

  6. They look great! Well done. We have some in our playroom, but they look nothing like that. Amazing transformation.

  7. I love ikea hackers- its a fab site. Your drawers are gorgeous,, so pretty. Thanks for sharing

  8. What a beautiful result. Love the idea of the stamping design and turning the drawers backwards is brilliant!

  9. Wow i absolutely love this, I'm really inspired now to do this myself! Where did you buy the knobs?

    1. I think it was ebay, I looked at so many knobs I got a bit knob obssessed (!)


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