Wednesday, September 23

Yay for IKEA! Another Long Distance Project

This summer while Sheila and I were visiting in person, we went to the IKEA store (WOW! what a store!) and found these great "boxes." We both loved the drawers and started to think about how we could use them (of course, I really haven't figured out yet what is going in them, but hey, love the way they've turned out).

You start off with a box of wooden parts and everything you need to construct the box of drawers.

It really is not that hard to put together either. A hammer and screwdriver are the only additional tools needed for the project, and some sandpaper to smooth off any rough edges. I found it interesting that it is made in Russia.

I made a template of the drawer and then cut out the pattern papers I wanted to use and inked around the edges of the pieces. I used mod podge directly on the drawer front, adhered the paper, let it dry and applied another coat on top. I chose the Cosmo Cricket Early Bird collection.

I love the vintage look you get with these papers. Check out Sheila's and you'll see that even though we live hundreds of miles away from each other, we often think in the same creative vein.

Then, because I am a girl of many moods, I thought, hey, why not do the back of the drawers and they can become the fronts when I want a change! So, for version #2, I used the spirograph designs from Kaiser Craft. I then added some white rub ons for a bit of flair. I can see using side #1 for the fall and winter, and side #2 for spring and summer. But, no matter which way I set it up, I love the way they've turned out.

OK, NOW you have to see Sheila's!

Sheila here--I love how Maura's box turned out! Especially the two totally different looks that she achieved. A few things that I did differently was that I painted my drawers in three complimentary paint colors.

It's a bit hard to see but I added a line of text stickers from 7Gypsies around the perimeter of the box.

I plan to keep this handy on my craft space so most likely it will be filled with my "go to" tools and my latest favorites.

Another long distance project where we both started with the exact same item, but we end up with two different looks to it.

Stay tuned....we're working on an idea for the next long distance project. We'll be sure to share.


  1. love your boxes, girls! I bought 3 of them this summer when I had to pick up a daughter at the airport- how nice to have an IKEA across the highway (L0l)!
    I covered mine in the same way and use them to house my ALL alphabet letters- one letter to a drawer....
    yay for organization

  2. That's a great idea to use them for letters! Isn't IKEA a great place for ideas? I can see making more of them. I'd love to see a photo of yours!


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