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Ochre & Ocre Fabric Covered Drawers Tutorial by Vintage Uniques

What you will need:

  • Some mini drawers, we chose Ikea Moppe Collection.
  • Fabric to cover each draw front
  • Paper or Thin Card
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Wallpaper edge roller (not essential)
  • PVA glue or similar (something that dries clear & will stick  fabric & wood)
  • Brush x 2 (for applying glue & painting the outside)
  • Paint
  • Sandpaper


Vintage Uniques Ikea Moppe Drawer set

Ikea Moppe drawer set


Vintage Uniques step by step tutorial

What you need to transform your mini chest of drawers

Step by Step


Make a template of each different size drawer front


Vintage Uniques templating


Vintage Uniques templating


Cut out the fabric to fit the drawer front exactly (if using thin cotton then you could allow overhang to fold around corners)


Vintage Uniques Cutting out the fabric

Cutting out the fabric

Spread pva glue generously over the drawer front making sure the edges are well covered


Vintage Uniques applying the glue

Applying the PVA glue

Vintage Uniques spreading the glue

Spreading the glue

Apply your fabric and roll with roller perfectly smooth, the Ochre & Ocre fabric is heavy cotton and could easily be smoothed just by hand. Add a little more pva over all of the edges to stop any fraying and seal the edges. (Don’t worry this dries clear, if using a thin cotton apply the pva all over the fabric but not necessary with our choice of fabric)


Vintage Uniques rollering on fabric

Apply the fabric

Vintage Uniques seal the edges

Seal the edges

Repeat the process for every drawer and leave to dry.

Vintage Uniques Apply fabric to every drawer

Apply the fabric to all the drawers

Whilst waiting for draws to dry I chose to paint the exterior in Annie Sloan Paris Grey


Vintage Uniques Annie Sloan paint

Apply paint to the exterior


Pop them back together, et voila, a fabulous addition for your bits and bobs. Another good thing about choosing the ikea drawers is that you could collect more of them (they have varying draw sizes) and stack them or line them up.

Vintage Uniques Drawer set

The finished drawers

Vintage Uniques Drawer set Vintage Uniques desk tidy


If you are feeling brave you could apply the same idea to a full size chest of drawers….

A huge thank you to Sonia for putting this tutorial together. She is well worth following on FB to see her inspiring upcycling of old furniture.

A little background on Sonia and how Vintage Uniques started:

My name is Sonia Morgan and with help from my husband Rick I have set up my business Vintage Uniques.  After suffering a life threatening illness I hadn’t worked for many years until I found my love of up-cycling furniture.  It started as a money saving exercise when my kitchen was looking very tired, then once I had started I just couldn’t stop. Once I had found my love of that french style / shabby chic there was no stopping me. I work from home in my workshop, working around being a full time Mother and Wife. My husband trained in carpentry and each item is inspected before any work begins. All the furniture we up-cycle is of quality manufacture and we see through the ‘old ugly ducklings’ and make them beautiful once more. We use high quality paints, mainly Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and others include Farrow and Ball, Laura Ashley and also our own secret recipe Vintage Uniques Chalk Paint mixed here on our premises. Add a whole lot of elbow grease in the mix ….et voilà.


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