We’ve done a pretty good job in the last half decade of making over and upgrading our cobbled together, hand me down, college era furnishings into things that rightfully belong in an adult household. I’m pretty pleased overall with our home these days, but there is one eyesore that really gets to me still – the Ikea sofa. Yep, you know exactly what I’m talking about here.
And yes, we were that stupid – we bought the one with the white slipcover. We are not white slipcover people, so I just don’t know what possessed us on that day. We are red wine, messy eater, glue project people. We had no business buying white furniture. But alas we did, and now five years later it looks like something that should be on the curb, where even thrifty dumpster divers would reject it.
I’ve hated it secretly for years now. We bleach it periodically to no real avail. I’ve tried tossing a blanket across the back to cover the worst of it, but it just ends up looking tacky. And you can only have so many strategically placed throw pillows. So in the back of my mind, I’ve always thought I could dye it with RIT dye (which I have been quietly fascinated by since I was a small child – I used to linger in that aisle when grocery shopping with my mom, wishing we could buy some and dye something; anything).
But then the fear creeps in. We don’t have a washing machine in the apartment, so we have to use the laundromat, which is not condusive to dying large pieces of furniture fabric a bright color undetected. The last thing I need is for us to get banned from the laundromat that is about 200 feet from our door. So then I think, I could do it in the tub, but the fear of permanently staining a rental tub is also great. Until I discovered that there is a way to do it, and lots of other people are…
While browsing my Pinterest boards and reading my blog feed today, I came across a tutorial for dying an Ikea rug at Ikea Hackers. The rug looks great, it didn’t take very long, and their bathtub isn’t stained bright yellow forever! I wondered if it was just a fluke, or if others had the same type of success, and came across more people who didn’t have (or overcame) RIT fear too -
And just to see what the pros have to say on the matter, I headed over to the RIT dye website to see what they recommend, and apparently you can dye fabrics by several different methods – sink or bucket (and I’m extrapolating bathtub), “low water immersion” (which uses a small container for a marbled effect), microwave (interestingly…), stovetop, washing machine, and several others.
So, I’m thinking I’m going to bite the bullet and do it soon (well, as soon as my ankle is healed so I can get down on the floor next to the bathtub…). There are tons of color options in the RIT color guide, but I’m thinking either 497 or 121 red… stay tuned in the next few months; I might just work up the nerve to actually do it!