Published on June 9th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Autumnal mini-chest

Materials: minichest “Moppe”, paper napkins, colours, brushes, glue, acrylic transparent coat

Description: This is an old Ikea mini-chest called Moppe. I think they still have a similar product, even if with a different name. I decorated it using the decoupage technique with paper napkins.

First I smoothed the wood using sandpaper, then I painted the mini-chest using colours which matched with the napkins. After that I cut the pictures and stuck them on the sides and on the drawers shading their margins with a brush. Finally, when the pictures were completely dry, I protected my work with several coats of transparent acrylic paint.

~ Donatella Donati, Faenza, Italy

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14 Responses to Autumnal mini-chest

  1. Anonymous says:

    I never comment- but I must say your little chest of drawers is just beautiful!

  2. Donatella says:

    I bought the napkins in Italy in a shop that sells everythings for hobbies. I think there are similar shops everywhere, look for the department specialised in decoupage!
    Thanks again for your very nice comments!

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is so nice! Where did you find those napkins? I love the hedgehog!

  4. dafaolta says:

    This is genius. Napkins are so ephemeral but often so beautiful. This is a champion idea to make use of them. You’ve done a wonderful job framing these really cool images and I’ve suddenly got all sorts of ideas that modpodge and I can execute.

  5. Donatella says:

    Answer to anonymous:
    I’ve just seen your Fira chest and it’s really beautiful. I think these chests are very inspiring. I too made others besides the one I posted, maybe I’ll post them sooner or later.

  6. Anonymous says:

    there’s more of these chests here if anyone wants to see:

  7. Donatella says:

    Thank you all for the nice words!

  8. Anonymous says:

    molto bello! complimenti alla pittrice!

  9. Anonymous says:

    WOW! This is really beautiful. You have awesome talent Donatella.

  10. Alisa says:

    This is the first hack that has prompted me to comment because it is absolutely lovely!

    The hedgehog on the side is adorable!

    Beautiful work, Donatella!


  11. Rachel says:

    correction- yes that’s Moppe, but both Moppe and Fira were discontinued :(

  12. Rachel says:

    Hi, your paintings are really beautiful!! love them. Just a note – that mini chest is called “Fira” and is a discontinued product by IKEA, also there’s nothing similar to it, is one of those things I’ll never guess why they stop selling… I want one!!!!!!!! :(

  13. Anonymous says:

    Lovely! I’m not inclined to comment, but this is worthy of notice. Your technique looks flawless, and the composition is quite professional looking. No substitute for a good eye.

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