IKEA Moppe Numbered drawers hack
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IKEA numbered drawers hack

Does anyone else suddenly sit up and take notice when they see a project done by one of their favourite bloggers that they might even be able to do themselves? Or troll pinterest looking for inspiration for easy projects? Do any other Mums pay special attention when they see a project that their little one might even be able to dohelp with? This IKEA Moppe numbered drawers hack was one of those projects for me – and for Miss M.

Personalisation is key

I am a big believer in personalising décor. It’s not just Miss M who loves IKEA, but too much IKEA (or any other big box store) can still result in rooms that are very blah. This happens when a house or room lacks personality. You can’t tell anything about the people who live there – it looks like someone just bought a bunch of stuff from a store. I would say that they just bought a scene from a catalogue, but such rooms rarely even look as put together as a catalogue room.

I like to compare this to recent and older IKEA catalogues. Look at an IKEA catalogue from around 2008, and everything is from IKEA. Admittedly, each scene is well put together, but it could belong to everyone and no one at the same time. Fast-forward to recent catalogues: images will contain a number of small things that will not be available at IKEA. Just the title page of the 2019 (German) catalogue shows construction blocks, a toy dinosaur, books and a wooden car. Other décor that pops up in the first few pages include flowers and leaves, toiletries, large geometric artwork and some gorgeous sculptured heads.

IKEA Catalogue page with sculptured heads

Small changes such as these take a space from box-store bland to a warm family home.

The desire to personalise décor has even spurned an industry of its own. Various businesses sell customised legs or fronts for IKEA furniture, others offer stick on decals. Websites are devoted to hacking IKEA products. And there is a myriad of art projects out there to help customise a space.

This IKEA numbered drawers hack is yet another IKEA Moppe hack. What makes this one special is that our 3 y.o. did the main part herself. How many IKEA hacks can you say that about?

IKEA Moppe numbered drawer hack, complete with dino light

Personalisation helps kids own it

Miss M (and other kids, too) is prouder of her room and will declare everything to be “so beautiful!” if she:

  • had a hand picking it out
  • helped decide on colour or pattern
  • saw Mummy or Daddy making or installing it for her and
  • the piece de résistance – she helped make it.

This project is definitely one of the latter category. Miss M loves it and stores her hair clips, necklaces and special stones in it, together with any other treasures she finds.

The hack is based on a project done by Kristine at The Painted Hive for her son’s room. As soon as I saw it, I knew: this is a project to do with Miss M.

The star of the project is the knobs. I got the ones we used on sale from Zara Home just after Miss M was born. I didn’t know at the time what I would do with them. This was the perfect project.

While the exact knobs I used are no longer available, there are a number of other options available on etsy, such as these or these.

The hack is based on the IKEA Moppe mini chest of drawers. There are soooo many moppe hacks – next to the Rast it is probably one of the most hacked IKEA products.  Yet few are so easy that a small child can do most of the work.

IKEA numbered drawers hack title

IKEA Moppe numbered drawers hack

Step 1: Reverse the drawers

The first step was to turn the drawers around. Easy. 

Step 2: Bash the wood

Next, make dents and scratches in the wood. This was done to give the drawers more character and to generate spots for the darker wax to cumulate. I gave Miss M a wooden meat clever, a spurtle and a cocktail muddler and let her hit the drawers as much as she wanted.

Step 3: Paint

Rust-Oleum eucalyptus chalk paint

Miss M chose chalk paint in eucalyptus from Rust-Oleum. It actually goes quite well with her walls (and I nixed her pink choice). Luckily, it came in a small set with wax and cloths, etc. so I didn’t have to buy large amounts that I would not necessarily use. 

Moppe drawers showing paint effects of 3 y.o.

I took the drawers out, gave her the paint brush and let her go at it while I painted a chair. Apart from catching the few bits that she missed, I left it as is, drips and all. They add to the character. There were even more after the second coat.

Step 4: Drill the knob holes

Once the paint was dried, I drilled holes for the knobs. Actually, I didn’t, my Dad did. He was visiting and looking for jobs to do to help out. Done starting to look cute.

IKEA numbered drawers hack, prior to waxing

Step 5: Wax

Bonde silver metallic wax

The nearly last step was to wax it. Miss M chose silver wax (surprise, surprise), so we went with it. You could use clear wax or even black or grey wax, as Kristine did. Using the soft cloth that came in the set, I showed Miss M how to spread the wax over the box. I had to go back over it and remove some of the wax, but she had done a good job. 

Step 6: Attach the knobs

Finally, I screwed on the numbered knobs. Miss M doesn’t have the coordination to help with that stage yet.

IKEA numbered drawers hack, finished and in use

Fill with your favourite things and enjoy!

IKEA Moppe numbered drawers in bedroom

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