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Many of us have these wooden Moppe storage boxes from Ikea at home; they’re inexpensive and handy for keeping clutter tidied away. We decided to update ours by incorporating several of the boxes together. A pull-out tray is a useful addition, perfect to rest a cup of tea or to contain paper as you work. Smart chrome handles with library card windows look great and help organise the contents so everything is close to hand and quickly found.
✔six sets of Moppe wooden drawers, £9 each, IKEA
✔two MDF side panels, 730mm x 192mm, 10mm thick
✔two MDF top and bottom panels, 588mm x 192mm, 10mm thick
✔one MDF back panel, 750mm x 588mm, 10mm thick
✔ two 20mm deep temporary spacers
✔four small pine tulip feet with bolt, 120mm high, £9.20 per pack of four, eBay
✔one MDF tray base, 175mm x 563mm x 8mm thick
✔two 8mm x 563mm battens for the front and back sides of the tray base
✔two 8mm x 159mm battens for the two sides of the tray base
✔Annie Sloan Burgundy chalk paint, £18.95 per 1L tin
✔Annie Sloan soft wax, £7.99 per 500ml tin
✔silver drawer handle cup pull label frame card holders, £19.99 per pack of 20, eBay
1. Remove the drawers…
…from the wooden box frames and place to one side. Sit two of the frames side-by-side, right way up. Place a second pair on their ends on top, one at each edge with a gap in the middle; this will create vertical storage. Add the remaining two box frames side by side on top, exactly as the first pair. This arrangement will form the base of the cabinet. The overall measurement of the boxes arranged like this is 567mm wide x 688mm tall.
2. Glue and nail…
…the outer frame pieces together using PVA glue and panel pins. The MDF is fairly thin so take care not to split it. Drawing a pencil guide showing the depth of the wood beneath at each edge can help.
3. Glue and panel pin…
…the back piece onto the rest of the frame, this will strengthen the structure and make it square. Leave the frame to dry.
4. Glue the bottom…
…two wooden box frames inside the base of the frame – the fit should be quite tight. Next, glue the two vertical boxes inside, on top of the bottom two. Lay the two 20cm battens on top of them – these will act as temporary spacers and will be removed and discarded later. Finally, glue the top two boxes into position at the top of the frame, then leave to dry.
5. Add a few screws…
…, worked through the wooden boxes and into the frame beyond, to secure the boxes into place. This is particularly important for the top two boxes – if they fall or move down, the pull-out tray will become too tight to pull open.
6. Turn the unit…
…upside down. Drill a pilot hole at each corner of the base and then screw the feet into place.
7. Make the pull-out tray.
Lay the MDF base down onto a work surface, then glue and pin the front, back and two sides into place around the edges of it.
8. Remove the temporary spacer battens
Lastly, remove the temporary spacer battens. Paint the entire unit – including the feet, tray and drawers – with red chalk paint, then leave to dry. Use a soft brush or cloth to add a coat of wax over the paint. Screw the label plates onto the back of each drawer; we recommend using the back because it does not have a cut-out finger hole. Place the tray and drawers into the cabinet at the top and bottom, then cut a card label for each drawer plate and slip into place.