The MOPPE is one of IKEA's most popular products, and it's not hard to see why: it offers six storage compartments for $16.99, it's made of attractive minimal birch plywood, it's eminently stainable and paintable, and its drawers can be reversed to hide the opening notches. As one featured DIYer put it, it's a perfect craft victim. Here are 30 ways to make the MOPPE — freshly available after a much-lamented hiatus — your own.
Pick yourself up a MOPPE online or on your next IKEA run, and then pick your favorite customizing option — or combine a few faves!
Personalize with Paint
As mentioned, the unfinished birch is the perfect surface for painting. You could go for a monochrome look that suits your decor, helps it blend into your walls, or choose one of these more playful options.
Cover it Up
The plain drawer fronts and the exterior of the chest can easily be augmented with the prettiest papers and fabrics you can find. Either glue or decoupage with pattern and color for a whole new vibe.
The plain wood of the MOPPE can easily go in a natural direction, either to store herbs or tea, or to use as a planter. It's endlessly adaptable.
Add Personality with New Hardware
Flip the MOPPE's drawers around and give them an upgrade with the knobs or pulls of your choice. Bonus points for card catalogue-style handles that will allow for easy labeling.
Channel Your Inner Child
You could let kids decorate their own cabinets with crayons, markers, or paint, or you can give them the gift of an adorably customized cubby perfect for holding their LEGOs, craft supplies, books, or tiny treasures.
Sticker it Up
If you're not much of a painter or gardener, let stickers (or washi tape andcontact paper) do the heavy lifting. No muss, and even less fuss. When you use labels, you also get the added bonus of more organization.
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Do you have a MOPPE? What do you use it for? Did you customize it at all?