Monday, January 9, 2012

A Little Dye

Back in October, I told you about the STEAL of a deal I got on parsons chairs that I found on Craigslist.  I'm not a fan of the slipcovers, and the chairs themselves are pretty rough and need to be recovered, but I'm still saving up for the fabric.

In the meantime, I wanted to do something to the two of the six chairs that are normally in the living room. The requirements - I wanted some color and it had to be cheap.  I decided that this was the perfect time to dye something. It's pretty inexpensive and if it didn't turn out like I wanted it wasn't a big deal. I have plans to eventually ditch the slipcovers.

I ended up going with Rit dye in Dark Teal, and followed the directions for the washing machine application. They results weren't great, but not terrible either. Just little splotchy in a few places. I also would like them better if the teal was deeper, but I think that could easily be achieved with an additional box of dye per chair (2 boxes total per chair). Now I just have to get to Hobby Lobby and get another box of dye so that I can do the other one. They only one had one the day that I was there.

Have you ever dyed anything? How did it turn out?

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  1. You know I am not skilled at all the craft and fixer up stuff! I love reading about those with skill and aren't afraid to try new things! I think the chair looks really nice! You go girl!

  2. Hi, Friend, I do love the turquoise! I've been wanting to try the dye on some things, but am worried about the blotching. Maybe I'll get up the nerve soon! Check out my thrifty lamp I found this weekend, it would look great with your slipcovers!

  3. I'm always nervous to dye stuff. It seems so hit of miss, but that slipcover looks nice in the picture!

  4. I like the teal it is now, but if you wanna deepen them- rock on! You are fearless!

    Visiting from Aimee's-It's OverFlowing With Creativity Linky Party today and thanks for sharing this with us :D
    Suzanne in NW Illinois

  5. Hi there found you from It's OverFlowing With Creativity Linky Party and I have some dye sitting in my closet, haven't tried it yet. I was thinking about trying to dye my white cotton rug. I think your chair covers look great also!

  6. Nikki! I'm loving your dye job girl!!! Those Parson chairs are rocking and the color was a perfect pick!!! I TOTALLY love your sweet silhouette pics in the background too! I'm LOVING your blog and am happy to be your newest follower!!!

    Your Bloggy Friend,

  7. So pretty! Hoping you can link this up at my turquoise lovin' party!

  8. I'm glad you posted this! I have been planning on dying several things and was a little worried about using the Rit Dye.

    I'll definitely consider your tip and think about using 2 boxes per project as opposed to one.


  9. really cute... I think they turned out great


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