Secondary Storage

Published on November 20th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Discover the possibilities …

Materials: Chest of drawer – TARVA – not yet in the range

Description: Three weeks ago I attended an IKEA contest in which I should design a chest of drawers, which is not yet on the market.

It is made … of pine wood and so I could worked on it very well.
With all of our furniture in white, I decided to use a lot of color this time and to incorporate many styles: The brightness of colors from the Orient, adorable handbatiked fabrics from Bali, Dot Paintings from Australia, the Meditation of mandalas and just a little inspiration from nature.

And because I love to play Papillon (it’s Ludo played with Rummy Cards) with my children, I’ve milled this in the form of a mandala at the top of the dresser.
The handles have also been replaced by a couple of findings that had been given to me by my boss – on the left side, I used colored cords.

The mandalas are made of fabric ornaments and Dot Painting – in the middle of the large is a heirloom from my beloved Grandma … a small doily with beautiful lace around the outside.

The Back I have stuck with an ornament wallpaper, which I painted in the same color as the dresser. A part of the ornaments were cut and glued to the side of the dresser so that it came into interaction with the concept.

After the ornaments and Dot Paintings were applied, I varnished the dresser twice and tightened the ornaments with a gel pens. At the last I decorated them with Dot Paintings.

The scripture is also done with a white gel pens on it.

The playing pieces are made of small woodballs were placed small butterflies on it to match the decorations on the upper mandala. Because the playing fields have been done with the milling machine, you can set the butterflies comfortably in the troughs now.

See more of the Tarva.

~ Katja, Dresden / Germany

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

17 Responses to Discover the possibilities …

  1. Rachel says:

    Looks amazing! I really like this.

  2. John Black says:

    Hack or not, but looks good

  3. Beatnik Barn says:

    This is gorgeous. Very boho chic! Love it

  4. Anonymous says:


  5. Elizabeth says:

    wow. You’ve done an AMAZING job!!! I <3 the small doily with beautiful lace around the outside!

  6. ikea says:

    una alternativa diferente para decorar tu ambiente

  7. Anonymous says:

    Would you consider selling this lovely dresser?

  8. That is beautiful… WOW!

  9. This is so beautiful the colors used are so ravishing.

  10. potvůrka says:

    Thats really amazing!!!!

  11. Really beautiful work! How did you do?

  12. TwoThirtyFiveDesigns says:

    Amazing, great job!

  13. CountryBelle says:


  14. Anonymous says:

    this looks amazing!!!!!!!!

  15. Anonymous says:

    whatever… No hack

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