In the epic long journey I call decorating, I have hit a few speed bumps. Things have worked out, things have failed miserably. Other things have just needed a rethink.
Do you remember my Ikea Poang chair needing a redo? I like browns and neutrals, but this was getting ridiculous.
Everything in my living room has a brown overtone. Even the walls (but its an apartment so Im not painting).
For a while I was looking for the perfect fabric, but I was stumped because I didnt want it to compete with the coffee table
I tried to solve this problem with something inspired me….fabric dye. I was browsing Young House Love’s post on fabric dye. I dont know why I didnt think of this before. I headed to the store and pulled a color out of the coffee table that Matt and I both liked….blue.
Rit Royal Blue. Matched the color blue in the fabric perfectly. I was excited
Let me start out by saying I have NEVER used fabric dye before. Stop saying UH OH! I used the sink dyeing method because our washer stinks (rented from the apt) and I didnt trust it getting the dye out completely.
You take the dye, dissolve it in 2 cups of HOT water and pour it in HOT water. I used the bathtub. Our water comes out scalding hot, so this worked out well.
I placed the cover of the chair in and stirred with my hands. I flipped it around, mashed it, had it constantly moving.
After about 30 minutes I took it out, rinsed with warm water until the water ran clear and threw it in the washer.
This is what the tub looked like:
Nothing a little Tilex didnt fix. I wouldnt recommend using a much darker color in your tub for fear of permanent dyeing. Our tub is no longer blue.
After a good wash and air dry here is the final result:
We hated it. It was too light, the dye didnt cover it completely, It reminded me too much of blue jeans. It was just a big fail. Plus it didnt mesh with the room well.
I walked away from this project hoping to come up with a better solution. Im not going to lie, I liked the simplicity of dyeing. Back to the store.
We decided the best color to take from the room is green. I
made took Matt with me because he seems to always have an opinion about what I pick out. Now he can be part of the decision making process. We liked all of the greens Rit offered. We ended up picking a new color Rit has, Apple Green. I was worried about how it would come out
We tried the bottle version instead. Almost the same process again (no dissolving). Shake, pour, mix.
I stayed with this for 30 minutes. I did not stop moving it. I didnt want spots. I even took it out into the living room dripping wet to make sure it was covered.
After a washing and patiently waiting for it to dry, here is the final result:
I love it! It pulls the perfect green out of everything that is green in this room. I liked using the liquid because there was more which made for easier coating.
What do you think?