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DIY IKEA Moppe Organizer

By: Purely Katie
January 8, 2018

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DIY IKEA Moppe Organizer
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Who doesn't want to get organized in the new year?! It seems at the kickoff of each year I tend to purge old stuff to declutter and start fresh. I am always looking for a unique and fun storage solution for items in my small house. Today I am sharing how I turned a plain IKEA Moppe into a fabulous boho organizer.

Items needed:

  • Americana Decor Stencils - Mandala
  • Americana Decor Color Stain 8oz - Chocolate
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Colonial
  • Americana Decor Satin Enamels 8oz - Pure White
  • Americana Pouncer Set - Americana Premium Stencil Brush Set
  • Painter's tape
  • IKEA Moppe Organization Chest


First, I started by gathering all of my supplies. I love using raw wood like the IKEA Moppe because it is a blank slate and easy to work with. I decided to use three different types of Americana Decor paints but you can seriously use anything. How would you decorate this organizer?

Instruction #1 - IKEA Moppe Hack
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I started by painting the entire outside of the organizer using one coat of Americana Decor Color Stain in the color Chocolate. This is a deep rich color stain and is so much easier to use than traditional wood stains. I used a paintbrush to apply the color stain and cleanup was a breeze. Let the Color Stain dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Instruction #2 - DIY Color Stain Project
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For a fun element and pop of color, I painted the inside of the drawers with one coat of Americana Decor Chalky Finish in the color Colonial. This is my favorite color blue in the Chalky Finish line. It is the perfect medium blue and adds charm to the organizer. Now every time I open a drawer, I can see that beautiful color. Let the paint dry before moving on to the third and final step.

Instruction #3 - Chalky Finish Paint Projects86
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I removed the drawers from the organizer and separated them a quarter of an inch apart using wood shims (this is the measurement of the wood dividers on the organizer). I placed the 12" by 12" Mandala stencil where I wanted it on the drawers (off centered) and used painter's tape to secure the stencil. Next, I used stencil daubers to apply Americana Decor Satin Enamels in the color Pure White. The best tip for applying paint over a stencil is to use as little paint as possible. You also want to hold down the area where you are stenciling and apply very light pressure with a brush. Let the paint dry before removing the stencil.

Instruction #4 - DIY Stenciled Crafts
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I lightly sanded over the painted Mandala to add a faded/distressed look. This DIY IKEA Moppe Organizer has a boho look that matches my office decor. I keep it in there to store my craft supplies. You could also use this organizer in the kitchen, bathroom, pottery bench or anywhere in your home that needs organization. 

Instruction #5 - DIY IKEA Moppe Hack52
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What makes this work so very well is the fact you put the stencil off center. It would have been boring w it in the middle. It keeps it from being static! Well done!


January 8, 2018

You don't think it should have a finish coating on for the last step?


January 13, 2018

Patsy – You certainly could, but it's not necessary! Both the Satin Enamels and Color Stain products are self-sealing. No sealers needed unless you really just wanted to!

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January 15, 2018

I wondered why you didn’t put the stencil on with the drawers in the cabinet instead of leaving that 1/4 inch gap.


April 6, 2020

This looks fantastic! I am going to try the same idea.


March 2, 2021

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