Map and Leather Upcycle of Ikea Mini Drawers (Moppe)

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You know how you can buy unfinished things in Ikea. I don't mean the stuff that you have to assemble but furniture where the wood is bare and needs to be a painted or varnished. Well, I had one of these mini drawers chests which had sat in the back of my craft cupboard for 10 years waiting to be finished.
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  • map and leather upcycle of ikea mini drawers moppe

Now this mini chest is really handy and I wanted it out on display, so I decided it was time to finish it. I didn't, however, paint it, I decided on some decoupage and fancy drawer pulls.
  • map and leather upcycle of ikea mini drawers moppe

I did however varnish the chest with some dark wood wax to give it an antique look.
  • map and leather upcycle of ikea mini drawers moppe

The next thing I did was decoupage a whole vintage world map on the front of the drawer fronts. I used some world map gift wrap for this from Cavallini click here if you want to see the map paper I used.
  • map and leather upcycle of ikea mini drawers moppe

I carefully cut out it map section for the front of each of the drawers and stuck it down with decoupage glue such as mod podge. I then pasted a layer over the top of the map paper to varnish and seal it.
  • map and leather upcycle of ikea mini drawers moppe

I used the strap from an old leather handbag to make the pull handles. You could use an old belt.
  • map and leather upcycle of ikea mini drawers moppe

I used upholstery pins to secure the leather strips to the front of the drawers.
  • map and leather upcycle of ikea mini drawers moppe

If you need them there are more detailed instructions on the blog post link at the end.
  • map and leather upcycle of ikea mini drawers moppe


  • map and leather upcycle of ikea mini drawers moppe

I love how my mini chest of drawers turned out. I'm no longer hiding it in a cupboard. It now sits proudly on display in the living room. However, my son has his eyes on it for his travel themed bedroom.This is not the first time I have upcycled something from Ikea with maps. One of my most popular posts is an Ikea Map table I made, click here to see the fabulous table.

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