The IKEA MOPPE is back! And a Makeup Box tutorial

ikea moppe

If you’ve been on this site long enough you’ll know that the MOPPE mini storage chest, successor to the FIRA, is one of the most loved and most hacked item on planet IKEA. It was discontinued a few years back — quietly — unlike the EXPEDIT but for us hackers, we felt the void. There was nothing quite like the MOPPE: Small, cute and hackable.

Well, some months back, on my walkabout at IKEA, near the secondary storage section, my eyes went like a deer caught in headlights, then silent screamed, “The MOPPE is BAAACCCK!” And I did a happy dance on the inside. Oh yes, the MOPPE chest is here again.  Snap it up before it goes away. Again. It may happen. We don’t know when.

In honour of its return, we have a MOPPE makeover today.  The MOPPE makeup box tutorial below is by the brilliant Garsow twins.

P.S. Why IKEA tags the MOPPE as “NEW”, I don’t know …

IKEA MOPPE storage chest


  • IKEA MOPPE Mini Storage Chest
  • Flat White Paint & Paintbrush
  • Scrapbook Paper of your choice
  • Mod Podge & sponge brush

IKEA MOPPE makeup box tutorial

First, paint your chest. We decided to paint the WHOLE THING. Of course, you really don’t need to do this. You can omit the back, bottom or even the interior. We just kind of went for it! You’ll need to do two coats to make it fully opaque.

IKEA MOPPE makeup box tutorial

Now for the drawers! Place each drawer upside down on the backside of the scrapbook paper and trace. Cut on the lines and use your Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the front of the drawer.

If you wish, use a sealant spray on your chest. The paint we used is water resistant so we didn’t really feel the need. But you always use some sort of clear coat!

IKEA MOPPE makeup box tutorial

IKEA MOPPE makeup box tutorial

Now it’s time to fill your chest with makeup! We found that the bottom drawer is perfect for eyeshadow palettes since it’s nice and long. The smaller drawers on top would be perfect for single shadows or lipsticks! And the middle two work so well for liquid lipsticks. We’re actually thinking of making another chest one just for skincare!

IKEA MOPPE makeup box tutorial

See full tutorial here.

~ by Britta & Carli Garsow