Refurbished Antique Bureau with an IKEA twist - IKEA Hackers

Refurbished Antique Bureau with an IKEA twist

Found this Antique Bureau by the side of the road in London. It was dirty, wet with all the drawers wedged shut. After a lot of sanding and furniture wax I managed to get it to look like this:

Antique bureau

The main problem still had to be fixed though. The compartments inside the bureau were completely broken which had resulted in a hole in the back that went down into the drawers underneath:

Antique bureau

Antique bureau

Not really having the skills to build something from scratch I was lucky enough to find the Moppe drawers on the IKEA website, the height was almost perfect and the width of two almost filled the gap.

IKEA MOPPE drawers


I created the inner unit by taking the two Moppe drawer sets and used wood glue to attach them to a plywood base, I also attached a piece of ply to the back between the two sets of drawers to make an additional central compartment:

MOPPE drawers for antique bureau

I turned the drawers around, stained them the same colour as the bureau and attached antique style handles that sort of matched the feel of the bureau:

MOPPE drawers for antique bureau

Now all i needed to do was attach the unit to the inside of the bureau, I screwed it into the top to ensure that the unit could be removed at a later date without leaving any noticeable damage to the bureau:

Moppe drawers for antique bureau

Job done! Absolutely amazed by the results and you would hardly realise that the units were bought from IKEA … although I generally tell everyone!

~ Timothy Jeffreys