Card Catalog…Jewelry Box?

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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.

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Cue Sherry and Katie’s Pinterest Challenge – Summer Edition (with Kate and Michelle this go-round).

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.

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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.

Until now.

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Just look at all that chippy, industrial goodness!

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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
  • Sandpaper
  • 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

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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.

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2. Randomly paint with the burnt umber. Let dry. This just adds some interest to the distressing.

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3. Using a large brush with large sweeping motions brush the crackle medium all over. Let dry.

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4. Now paint over the crackle with the grey paint. Let dry.

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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)

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7. Drill holes and screw a handle to each drawer.

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8. Remove adhesive backing and attach bookplates to each drawer. Add labels – and voila!

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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?

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  1. Centsational Girl says

    That looks AMAZING Shannon, wow, so impressed! Incredible project, thanks so much for joining in on the Pinterest fun!

  2. Tracey Bradshaw says

    Love it – I have two of these sets all plain and begging for an up style – only problem is mine has the little cut out pulls at the top. Did you fill or cover yours or did they come without the finger pull holes?

  3. says

    I love it! It looks amazing and oh so useful. I have an old metal card catalogue that was left in our garage when we moved in. It’s in rough shape and we’ve started to use it to store tools and painting supplies and things, but I have a vague dream to fix it up and put it in my office one day when I have such a room. Only problem? It probably weighs about 300 pounds and is impossible to move. Perhaps I should set my sights on something a little smaller? Thanks for the inspiration!
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  4. says

    I pinned that card catalog hack, too! Both projects are gorgeous!

    I haven’t been to Ikea in a while since the closest one to me is in Burlington. Do you know approximately how much these cost?

    After making painted signs from your tutorial, I’ve given the crackle medium some time off because I’ve been letting my palm sander do the distressing. It’s definitely time to break it out again!

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    • aka design says

      I have had our Moppe drawers for probably ten years – so no, I don’t even know which stores carry them anymore.

      I ignored the crackle medium for ages too…made me think of those cheap looking antique knockoffs at Walmart. BUT if you use a large brush and big sweeping motions it looks fab!

    • aka design says

      I’d say a few hours on a Sunday afternoon. It may have been shorter if I’d used the blow dryer for the paint as I often do. But I was doing other things while each coat of paint dried.

        • aka design says

          It is easy. Just use a large brush and long sweeping motions. Work quickly and don’t go back over what you’ve already done. You can buy it at Michael’s with the craft paints.

  5. says

    i LOVE it!! i, too, have pinned Kristine’s version and you have inspired me to jump on this project (as soon as i can make a trip to Ikea to purchase it)!!

  6. says

    I just died from amazing overload! Seriously, I’m in love with your project. I have that same inspiration picture pinned, but haven’t done anything with it yet. Now I really want to get on it and make one after seeing how good yours look. Oh, and your whole blog is pretty amazing…where have I been that I’ve never been by before?!
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  7. Jenifer M says

    I went to and cannot find this item.
    Could someone lead me to it, if they still carry them?

  8. Gem says

    Wow I just found the original post about these drawers, looked them up and promptly put them on my Ikea shopping list despite them being fugly in their original, un-hacked form. I’m currently re-designing my student room so I have a more usable space with a lot more storage. I’m hoping to replace a huge chair with an old wooden thrifted one (just to put clothing on) which I was thinking of crackling…..I was wondering what to do with the drawers if I got them and totally lacking inspiration. So your idea matches the two together!! Brilliant. Now I just have to get the drawers and chair and actually make them look pretty…… One day!!

  9. says

    OH MAN… perfect timing on this post, also great comments by your followers, it did not dawn on me to turn the drawers around until I read the other comments. This project is getting moved up to the top of my list. Great site!

  10. Hester says

    Fantastic idea. This one is for me far the best hack I saw on ¨ikea hackers¨ . I am thinking for years how I can give my Moppe drawers a better look and I got no further than to paint it white. Now I am happy I have not done yet, because this idea is so much better. Thanks a lot.
    (Unfortunately I have the one with the little cut out pulls at the top at both sides of each draw, but I will find a solution for this little problem)

  11. says

    This piece is LOVELY! Really great job! And so clever with the pulls and labels! I was just thinking about trying to find something that had the look of a card catalog pull without the price–and now I don’t have to think anymore, because you already found a great alternative! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  12. says

    Wow, y’all! I clicked over from East Coast Creative’s CWTS contest, and this is beautiful! I love it! Job well done :). Hope y’all get a spot in the top 12 so I can see more of your creativity!


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