Accessories Sea monster MOPPE-2

Published on January 10th, 2017 | by Contributor


Sea monster Moppe

Sea monster MOPPE-2

The beloved Moppe drawer unit is not available in Canada any longer. I was lucky enough to find one in a thrift shop. Unfortunately it was coated in thick and hideous purple paint.

I started by carefully sanding off all of the paint. I knew what I wanted to do with the drawers but was trying to think of a theme that would be interesting. I looked online at antique map illustrations and fell in love with the variety of sea monsters depicted. I found a selection of images that I liked and modified them where necessary so that their proportions fit within the drawer fronts (actually the backs, as I reversed the drawers).

Sea monster MOPPE-1

I used graphite paper to transfer the monsters, then fired up my trusty wood burner and set to work. I covered the sides and top of the unit with a pattern of waves. Once the wood-burning was finished, I lightly coloured around the monsters with a blue watercolour pencil and applied a moistened cotton swab to give the water a blue tint. I scrounged through old books at the thrift shop until I found one with suitable nautical illustrations, and ‘podged’ the pages inside the drawers to line them. Then all that was needed was a set of little bronze pulls and it was done!

Sea monster MOPPE-5

Sea monster MOPPE-4

Sea monster MOPPE-3

~ by Lorraine Andrusiak

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6 Responses to Sea monster Moppe

  1. Brenda says:

    This is beautiful! Can you link the image you used for the top? I’d love to use it.

  2. Kate says:

    Incredible! Really beautiful work! Wow!

  3. mulley says:

    My husband and I have done a bit of wood burning and it is nothing compared to this. I have never seen any wood burning that is nearly as beautiful. You are a master and this is a work of art.

  4. Erin Kane says:

    Wow this looks super super cool!

  5. Cussot says:

    What enchanting work, Lorraine.

  6. Nikki says:


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