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Published on July 15th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Moppe Card Catalog Jewelry Box

Materials: Moppe Drawers, Craft paint in black and burnt umber, Crackle medium, Light grey paint (we used Analytical Grey by Sherwin Williams), Paint brush, Metal ruler or scraper, Sandpaper, Adhesive metal bookplate (Martha Stewart), Handles (we used these from Lee Valley), Lint free white cloth/rag, Natural and Dark Finishing Paste Wax, Ink pen

Description: 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.
7. Drill holes and screw a handle to each drawer.
8. Remove adhesive backing and attach bookplates to each drawer. Add labels … and voila!

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~ Shannon @ aka design, Ontario, Canada

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14 Responses to Moppe Card Catalog Jewelry Box

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  2. Mombear says:

    Couldn’t find Moppe or Fira drawers in Ikea online catalog.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Great idea. I might try this but with some old milk paint that I have laying around. It might even give it more of that old paint look due to the texture of milk paint. Thanks for the idea!

  4. Such a brilliant idea!~ Just discovered your site and LOVE

    ~ jillian

    *Great giveaway today at Her Split Ends!

  5. Shannon says:

    I do have an older set of the Moppe drawers, with the finger cut out on one side only. So yes, I did just turn them around.

    We used these handles from Lee Valley,43520,43521,46758. Sorry, the original link was dropped from my step-by-step!

    Also we didn’t paint the sides of the drawers or this inside of the unit. The drawers do indeed fit very tightly, so we figured the extra paint wouldn’t work!

    Thanks for all the comments!


  6. majeral says:

    I could not find Moppe in the Ikea cat. do they still make them?

  7. Credilya says:

    If only Moppe were available in the US. Alas.

  8. Donna says:

    Awesome! Very creative & thinking ‘outside the box’, so to speak. Love it!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Very well done. What if you added a hint of age to the paper labels, maybe with a light brownish-yellow watercolor wash, or tea stain?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Very clever. Can you advise which of the Lee Handles you used? Thanks very much.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Moppe drawers don’t have finger holes on both sides like the Fira drawers.

  12. To cover the finger holes just reverse the drawers. Super cute redo!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Well done. I have those for the kids art stuff.
    But I particularly love your lamp! I’d love to find one like it in Europe (France if possible)

  14. How did you cover the “finger holes” in the drawers? At least in my edition of the Moppe/Fira the holes are symmetrical on the front and back…

    Also, in my Moppe the drawers are a pretty tight fit – with all those layers of paint I’m not sure if the drawers would still fit. Or did you just paint the faces of the drawers?

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