Before & After: From IKEA Basic to a Vintage-Look Card Catalog

published May 4, 2012
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Vintage card catalogs can be found for a pretty penny, but Kristen from The Painted Hive devised an amazing, inexpensive DIY using — you guessed it — an IKEA product.

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Kristine wanted an old card catalog, but didn’t want to fork over the large amount of cash that they often sell for. So she got creative, and used IKEA’s MOPPE mini chest of drawers (which replaced the ‘FIRA‘ and for some reason can only currently be found at the UK site). To get the authentic vintage look she rounded and sanded the corners of the drawers, stained the wood a dark teak color, and finished it with Danish Oil. To get the card catalog look, she installed authentic brass card file pulls (from eBay) and created old timey looking labels in Photoshop using a handwritten script front with a distressed background texture.

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MORE DETAILS & PHOTOS: IKEA Hack…Card File Drawers at The Painted Hive