After 9 months of living in my garage I got this dresser painted and put to use.  It still needs a coat of finish…but I couldn’t wait to get it moved into the house.
It has such pretty detail.  Here’s what it looked like before:
Besides painting I’ve been post-market organizing and I got some of my first quilts out to display and use.  
I made this one 4 years ago…and 4 years later it’s still growing on me.  ;) 
The other night I tackled my scrap basket.  I swear I cut for a couple of hours and barely made a dent in my scraps.  Scraps and I have a love/hate relationship.
If you want more pictures of projects, life, and non-flattering close ups of my face…I finally joined Instagram.  I’m @cluckclucksew

33 Responses to Gray

  1. SewSara May 30, 2013 at 5:15 am #

    i love that top quilt! but i do understand how there are certain quilts that you just don't love as much as you thought you would. (send it to me if you want)

    that grey dresser is awesome!
    and i agree — i must be desperate if i bust out the goldfish too. or the dry froot loops. haha.

  2. Marianne May 30, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    Love that dresser! It is fab!

  3. Robin May 30, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    That dresser make over is great. What a change and what a super addition to any other pieces. Great job.

  4. Ophelia May 30, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    That dresser looks great!
    Wish I already had this many scraps to dig into….
    Greetings from Austria!

  5. cambric cotton, pins and needles May 30, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    I just love that dresser, amazing what can be done with an old piece of furniture. I hate scraps, and I don't like sorting them, therefore I have a bin full looking at me everytime I open the cupboard. One day, one day.

  6. Debbie Leschisin May 30, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    That dresser looks great. Love the hardware on it. Did you paint the hardware too? Your quilt looks really nice hanging over the railing. Who is the little dog on Instagram? Love my new patterns!

  7. Jeanette May 30, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    The difference in the dresser is unreal! I love it. Just ordered your book, growing up modern, last night. Looking forward to getting it soon!

  8. Deborah Hamilton May 30, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    The dresser looks beautiful. The style is so elegant, and the grey is just perfect for it.

  9. Chris May 30, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    Love the dresser!

  10. craftytammie May 30, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    ok, you've convinced me! I have a dresser/vanity set that looks a lot like that before, and I've resisted painting them. But yours looks amazing!

  11. Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures May 30, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    What kinda paint! I have my Mom's old dresser and after seeing your beautiful finish…might give it a new look.

  12. The Cozy Pumpkin May 30, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the guilds' project, Allison. :)

  13. Diane-crewe May 30, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    quilt and dresser looking good x

  14. Melia Mae Quilting May 30, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    The dresser is awesome! I love using and re-finishing old furniture! Say how do you organize your scraps? By collection or color? I just started to save mine because I will admit that I used to be very "wasteful" and would throw mine out!

  15. Anita May 30, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    I love the dresser! When you paint do you spray? Do you use an actual sprayer or do you use cans? I am wondering if I should invest in an actual sprayer in the future. I imagine a brush and roller wouldn't work out to well with the fine details on your dresser.

  16. Valerie May 30, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    Love the dresser! I just bought an antique bedroom set off of Craigslist that I want to paint fo my daughter's big girl room. Could you share more about how you painted the dresser… Paint color, brand, technique, etc? It looks perfect!!!

  17. Andrea May 30, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    1. Looooove the dresser. Perfect colour. 2. That 4 year old quilt is so bright and happy….adore it. 3. DDP and goldfish are a frequent snack round here too. If we are feeling really fancy, we have pizza goldfish.

  18. Nicole May 30, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    dresser is lovely!!! Furniture sits in my garage longer than my husband likes too…there's probably a recovery group for it somewhere!

  19. Pinspot May 30, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    Do you mind sharing the paint color? I have a bench and some dining room chairs that need to be a subtle gray. Thank you!

  20. Anna May 30, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    great dresser! I'm always scared of painting furniture, just because I think it'll peel off. Yours always look so perfect!!!

  21. A Quilter's Mission - Vicki May 30, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    I have a dresser to paint. What finish – flat, semi gloss, etc – did you use? Love the color. Diet Dr Pepper…yumm! Oh, the scraps are fun, anxious to see what you make.

  22. Peggy May 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    I have the same love/hate relationship with my scraps. Ugh.

  23. Val Spiers May 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    The dresser looks great. They just don't make them like that anymore. I was marvelling over my scrap box the other day. It just seems to expand to fit the box no matter how much I use.

  24. Leigh Ann May 31, 2013 at 3:05 am #

    Great color! I too have been afraid to paint wood. if i ever get brave, i love that blue color on the other one as well.You must live nearby…that bridge is almost home for us as we'll. We are down the road in Puyallup.

  25. Grandmasewnsew May 31, 2013 at 4:36 am #

    From the other comments I gather that everyone just loves the dresser, as do I and would like to know how you made such a wonderful transformation. Hope details will follow in another post! Love all your quilts and I too have a love/hate going on with scraps. I'd love to just toss them but am always looking for creative ways to use them. Too many "scrappy" patterns utilize yardage and not scraps. Maybe an idea for your next book? :)

  26. Judith Blinkenberg May 31, 2013 at 4:49 am #

    I love the detail on that lovely dresser and think the lighter color show's it very well. You have been busy. I have no excuses. You have the best name. I have fallen in love with chickens, 23 of them, and your title is just perfect. Hope you have some someday.

  27. MarianneD May 31, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    You did a great job!!!
    Greetings from the Netherlands….

  28. Samplings from Spring Creek June 1, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

    Transformation on the dresser is fabulous

  29. DappleandGrey June 2, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    The dresser is a beautiful shape and you've done a lovely job! I have always wanted to restore some antique pieces I have, and you have inspired me to give it a go!

  30. PT in SC June 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Your painted furniture always looks great. Sometime can you tell us how you do it, prepare the wood, the kind of paint, etc? Thanks.

  31. Franziska June 4, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    It looks great. What a difference!

  32. Millie June 5, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    Love your painted dresser and your quilts are always so beautiful.

  33. Tammy September 27, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

    Oh love the dresser. That is a gorgeous piece.

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