I’m usually a pretty good “doer”.
I mean, I don’t sit around idly dreaming of how nice our house could be “if only”. I get to work (usually with the Mr.) and just do it.
But I must admit, I’ve pinned a lot of stuff I haven’t yet had time to tackle.
Basically it goes like this: we should challenge ourselves to make one thing each season that’s inspired by all the gorgeous stuff that we’ve pinned. The only rule is to do your own personal take on something inspirational that you’ve pinned (and link back to the original creator of the project that inspired you, be it a company like Anthropologie or a personal blog that got your wheels a turning).
When I read about all the festivities, I went directly to my DIY board on Pinterest to see what I could make. There were several things I’d love to create for our house. But then I found this Ikea Moppe hack by Kristine of The Painted Hive that I pinned almost 3 months ago.
I’ve had the bigger version of the Ikea Moppe drawers on my dresser for ages. I used to use them for pens and pencils and scissors and such. Now I use them to hold my jewelry.
You see where this is going, yes?
My Moppe drawers stayed plain for years. I gave them a quick coat of chalk paint last year just to perk them up. But I’ve never been totally happy with them.
Just look at all that chippy, industrial goodness!
I was going to sand the chalk paint off and stain the drawers just like Kristine’s. But a bout of sickness in our house sort of left me a day behind. Pooh! So I looked around and spotted our Pottery Barn Ledge. Ah, the perfect finish!
If you follow us on twitter, you know we were perusing Lee Valley Tools the other night. We were looking for card catalog pulls. But all the ones I liked were too expensive – and I didn’t want to spend much on this project. Enter some creativity on my hubby’s part; why not combine a label holder and a drawer pull to make a card catalog pull look-alike? Brills!
What you’ll need:
Ikea Moppe Drawers
Craft paint in black and burnt umber (Plaid/Folk Art)
Crackle medium (DecoArt)
- Light grey paint (we used Analytical Grey by Sherwin Williams)
- Paint brush (Purdy)
- Metal ruler or scraper
- Adhesive metal bookplate (these from Staples/Martha Stewart)
- Handles (we used these from Lee Valley)
- Lint free white cloth/rag
- Natural and Dark Finishing Paste Wax (Minwax)
- Ink pen
1. Paint each drawer front and the main unit with a thin coat of black paint. Let dry. You just want enough to show through when you distress the drawers.
2. Randomly paint with the burnt umber. Let dry. This just adds some interest to the distressing.
3. Using a large brush with large sweeping motions brush the crackle medium all over. Let dry.
4. Now paint over the crackle with the grey paint. Let dry.
5. Distress. Using a metal ruler or scraper, roughly chip off paint where desired. Using sandpaper, sand edges.
6. Using a clean rag randomly rub dark wax in a few places. Then using the natural wax, wax the entire piece. (Now Shown)
7. Drill holes and screw a handle to each drawer.
8. Remove adhesive backing and attach bookplates to each drawer. Add labels – and voila!
I love it! Thanks girls for the Pinterest Challenge and the kick in the pants to get ‘er done!
What do you think of our little card catalog-looking jewelry box? Did you participate in the challenge? Anything you’ve pinned that you need to make the time to create?