Friday 14 June 2013

decoupaged ikea drawers

A little while before Christmas, before my break with blogging, I had two days off work and time to spare and just wanted to create something. I had wanted to decorate the little ikea drawers for ages, and now they were in the guest/sewing room, I thought they would be perfect for all my ribbons and beads.

I really enjoyed doing these so much. I brought everything into the living room (my studio was too cold) and had great fun with scissors, paper and glue, and a little gold and silver leaf.

I glued the metal leaf to the front edges of the frame (I had seen it somewhere on a much bigger piece of furniture, and loved it). Then I just stuck different papers on the front, and used a stamp pad to darken the edges.

 The script is a piece of wrapping paper.

The  middle top drawer and the bottom ones are covered in images from a magazine. The two middle drawers are covered with the frontispiece of some sheet music.

I really wanted to have the brass label holders that also have a drawer pull, but they were too expensive, so I used these simpler ones. 
I stamped the labels with a mini alphabet set, on parts of the sheet music, and I like the effect of the original typeface with my naïve stamping !

I put sheet music on the top and sides too, which worked well, because the view from my landing was the one below.

All these things are now in my new guest/sewing room, (though that table below is the one in my dining room), and I'm afraid to say I have put things in almost the same way, but that's another post !

As I have always said - more is more !
Less is more doesn't really work for me !

Btw, blogger friends, is it just me, or do you all get a lot of spam these days ?

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  1. I love what you did with those drawers! Great job. I turned off anonymous comments to eliminate spam comments on my blog...but I do get some emails.

  2. Great makeover, Fiona! Clever use of sheet music and gift wrap. I used the label holders with a bin pull attached on a cupboard of mine, but I only needed 2, so it wasn't much of an expense.

    I think I changed my comment setting so you have to have a registered account (or something like that) and haven't had much of a problem with spam.

    You're making progress organizing your new old house!

  3. I get spammed a lot lately and its always on certain of my posts....quite annoying!

    Your boxes look great Fiona and the different papers compliment each other nicely. I love the shelf they sitting on too!

  4. Oh my goodnes! I just love it! I have a couple of these Ikea drawer units - decoupage idea is very tempting! Inspirational as always. CJ

  5. I truly love the look of those drawers. Using a stamp pad to darken the edges is a great idea. More is pretty much perfect in this instance! Pinning

  6. It looks lovely!!

    No spam here, but Blogger (all of a sudden, out of the blue!) won't let me put spaces after my sentences!! VERY frustrating!

  7. Ikea should hire you to do that to all their drawers.

  8. i really like those drawers--wish ikea was closer to the music paper and the stamping looks great, too! (i stopped anonymous comments and that helped me) your home is looking lovely, fiona, hope you are having fun with it:)

  9. Love the way you labelled those drawers! A lot of spam every single day! I mean I get more than 20 each day which of course I delete them.

  10. LOVE your drawers. I am working on organizing my space today, and tomorrow, and the next day . . .

    I might just copy your idea with some boxes.

  11. Very imaginative! Great way to spruce up your drawers.
    Thanks, Patty

  12. Wow those drawers never looked better. Gorgeous. This is such an awesome post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us!


  13. What a lovely addition to your sewing room Fiona. Well done and thank you for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday.

  14. Oh I love these drawers, that is so pretty and so creative. I would love for you to link up to my ongoing Inspire Me party - - - Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

  15. Thanks tons for linking up, these are just the cutest. Hugs, Marty

  16. This is so great looking! Love everything! Thanks for the how to!

  17. Fiona,
    Gorgeous stroage drawers, dear one!!!
    I adore the way you continued the decor to the sides as well!!!
    Visiting from Inspire Me Tuesday!!!
    P.S. Spam was the one reason I switched to Google +, then had problems of now, I have another blog. Wish I had some great words of wisdom to impart. . .

  18. Very nice!! I love it!
    Where do you get all that energy to do so much stuff around the house??? I wish I could do the same!

  19. Well you know I will support your more is more theory. I LOVE the decoupage on the storage boxes. Great selection of materials. God you're good!


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