Dremel Carving on Nightstand Table Furniture with Flowers and Vine Design and How I Did It

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A little nightstand makeover for a customer...

After seeing painted pieces in my Etsy Shop
she contacted me about creating a painted nightstand. 

I came across this wooden piece that I thought would be great for what she 
was looking for and she agreed, minus the dividers.

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Here it is after the dividers were removed and it's been sanded and primed...

She sent me this photo of a metal plaque in her room
that she wanted the new piece to coordinate with, but didn't have 
anything specific in mind.

I thought about doing decorative painting on it, or texture with stencils
and then I thought about carving with the Dremel.

I sent her a few examples past Dremel carved projects and she loved that idea.

carved-swirl-design-mirror
This is one project where I used the Dremel to carve swirls in a mirror I made.
I've used it on other mirrors too and...


whimsical carved cheetah, leopard bench seat
I used it on this cute Cheetah Bench that I carved with leopard spots and...

carved-spirals-swirls
Most recently, I used it to carve spirals on the wings of this dragonfly.

It's really fun and easy to do and you can get really creative.

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Back to the nightstand...
I painted a brown-ish basecoat then drew my design on with chalk, 
using her artwork photo for inspiration

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Then I started carving.

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.


After all parts were carved, I applied a second coat of brown paint

 I brushed dark brown paint over the whole piece
in sections, making sure to get in all the carved recesses
 and wiped off the excess ...

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...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! 
I promise I will get a better camera one day

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 I carved both sides...

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Other side...

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Detail...

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And the top...

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

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other side...

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.

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The background almost looks like leather with that great mottled brown color...
which was one of the colors she liked most out of the original inspiration piece.

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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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20 comments:

  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 :)

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

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

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

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  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,
    CheyAnne

    http://pinterest.com/cheyannesexton/

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  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.

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

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

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  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!

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  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!:)

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  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!!

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

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

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

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    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.

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