June 29, 2012

Dremel Carving on Nightstand Table Furniture with Flowers and Vine Design and Tutorial

A little nightstand makeover

before and after carved nightstand makeover
I came across this wooden piece and thought I could work
some makeover magic.

table-nightstand makeover tutorial
I removed the dividers and primed.

carved swirl mirror
I had the idea to use the Dremel to carve a design on the nightstand.
I've used the Dremel before to carve swirls in this mirror as well 

whimsical carved cheetah, leopard bench seat
I also used it on this cute Cheetah Bench to carve the leopard spots.

table leg dragonfly with swirl wings
Most recently, I used it to carve spirals on the wings of this dragonfly.
You can see how versatile it can be plus it's really fun and easy to do.

pattern for dremel on furniture
For the nightstand, I painted a brown-ish basecoat then drew my design on with chalk.
I was going for a flowers and leaves flowing design.

dremel makeover on nightstand
I started carving with the dremel over my chalk design.

dremel bit
I use this type of dremel bit in different sizes when carving in wood.
For me, this type/shape of bit is a good general purpose bit and easy to use.

dremel carving DIY tutorial Lucy Designs
After all parts were carved, I applied a second coat of brown paint

paint wash over dremel carved design
 Working in sections so the paint wouldn't dry completely, 
I brushed on dark brown paint and wiped away the excess.
You want to make sure to get the dark paint in all the carved recesses.

carved flower table using dremel
...and this is how it turned out.
This is also where I apologize for my poor quality pics
because it looks so beautiful in person! 

dremel designs on wood furniture
 I carved both sides...

Other side...


And the top...

I was originally going to leave the inside plain, 
but decided to carve a trailing vine and flowers inside too...

other side...

dremel dots on furniture
I finished it off by carving dots all along the edges and the bottom.
I added a couple of coats of polyurethane and it was ready to go.

dremel on furniture
Thanks for checking out my carved table.
See my latest dremel design of a zebra pattern carved on 6 ft leaner mirror

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  1. I am new to your awesomely creative blog and love it all...and so am 'following' ! Checked out your older posts too and am in total love with your dragon flies :)

  2. Oh my...this is just spectacular! So many possibilities for carving with the dremel

  3. Absolutely awesome.....AND I have a Dremel! Keep forgeting to use it, so thanks for sparking my creative juices!

  4. I love the contrast the inside makes to the outside... different colors but the carving ties it together!
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. this is just fantastic and I can't wait to try this idea this spring. thank you so much for a great idea.
    found you on Pinterest,
    peace n abundance,


  6. What Kind Of TIp Do You USe? Mine Have Been Either So Small That They Slip & Mess Up The Design Or SO BIg That They Remove More Than I Want.

  7. Hi ReenRN...see post again for the bit I use...I updated the post :)

  8. You have such great talents. I enjoyed looking at this.

  9. Lucy you are an amazing artist!! i love looking at your work and then trying to follow your ideas adding my own flair...which is in no way close to what you do ...but i try...you are such an inspiration!! please keep posting you make my day!:) God Bless!

  10. Lucy you are such an inspiration! i love all that you do and i try using some of your ideas and adding my own flair ....of course it doesn't always come out as great as yours but i enjoy trying! please keep posting your brilliant creations....blessings to you and yours!:)

  11. You have inspired me!! I am always looking out for wooden pieces and new ideas for them! This is a great project to try. Thanks for the great details. It is beautiful!!

  12. So no stencils at all for the floral design? Just freehand?

    1. Hi Gretchn, yes, I just freehanded the design :)

  13. How did you make sure the inside carvings were dark against the white?

    1. Hi, I used the same method as on the rest of the piece. I brushed the darker paint all over the off white base coat of the inside of the cabinet and wiped off excess. The dark color sinks into the carved out area.


I've moved to Lucydesignsart.com to focus on my mosaic art. I'm no longer creating dragonflies or mermaids.

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