For a while, I’ve wanted to do a little DIY project on an object I’ve had for years, this Ikea Moppe Mini Chest. I got it when I was at uni, and I still remember covering it on my student bedroom floor with wrapping paper and double sided sticky take on my green cutting mat (I was a Product Design student, it was a must!). So you can imagine, after about 6 years and probably about 5 or 6 moves later, the paper wasn’t in great condition and it was shoved in a cupboard and left. Until now! I decided it needed a make over and a clear out. It housed all of my jewellery that I’ve collected probably over the last decade, so you can imagine the horrors (yes, uni fancy dress bits as well)!
Below you can see the much dreaded ‘before’ picture… I needed to strip the paper, sand the double sided sticky tape off, mask and then paint my chest.
A little trip to Homebase later, I had all the supplies I needed, I covered the dining room table and got to it!
What I used:
I was thinking of all these elaborate designs that I drew up in Illustrator, consisting of 2-3 colours but after much consideration, I decided to keep it simple. I wanted to keep the edges wooden to offset the colour of the paint, and I chose duck egg, as I thought it’s a pretty classic colour, which I didn’t think I’d get bored of.
I gave it 3 coats and sanded it between the second and third and once more after the last coat dried, so the finish is smooth and the colour is strong. I actually only used one sample pot, so used a lot less paint than I expected.
I’m very happy with my ‘new’ chest and it’s no longer hiding in a cupboard so it can sit pretty and be useful now.
What do you think? What sort of DIY’s do you do? I now want to paint everything! ;-)