21 November 2011

Funday Monday - The Dye Job

I've had this duvet cover for several years.  It is from Ikea, it was on clearance for $7, and it was meant to be temporary.

I just don't know how I want to replace it, so it's stuck around.  For a looooong time.

But it's getting ratty.  And, the furniture and built-ins are white also.  I needed something to break up the monotony of it all.

So, I spent 8euro to make a change while I continue my search.

I dyed it dark gray.  In the washer.

Yes, it's true.  It's dye made for a washer.  You dump it into the drum with some salt, put the fabric inside, and turn it on.  Then you run it again with soap, and then you run it empty.  It uses a lot of water, but so would dyeing it by hand.

And if you follow these directions, you won't end up with a bunch of dyed clothes.  I promise.  I dyed halloween costumes black, and the leftover dye rinsed away beautifully.

Here are the finished results.  Again, this is a temporary solution, but it makes a HUGE difference.

Do you like how I left the before picture all messy and I made the after picture neat and tidy?  More impact, that way.  But really, photos aside, it does make a big difference, and I am happy with the results. Some day I'll find exactly what I am looking for - as soon as I figure it out myself.

Oh, and bonus:  I threw in a technical base layer shirt that I love, but the original ivory color had gotten stained.  The result?  a brand new heather gray.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for joining the Frugal Tuesday Tip! I have done something similar over the years, too -- http://www.examiner.com/frugal-family-in-des-moines/using-fabric-dye-to-renew-stained-clothing