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Chair Makeover With Dye!

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I was challenged to post this project when Wendy emailed me! Unfortunately, our Texas weather has not cooperated the last few days and I need the sunshine to dry out my fabric. Still enthused, I got started!
Time: 3 Days Cost: $5 Difficulty: Easy
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Here is this tired lady, Polly Plaid. I got her for FREE, picked her up from a curb.
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Polly's side view. I actually planned to fabric paint her and bought the medium as well as the fabric paint. I continued to research the different methods of painting when I ran across the Rit Dye website showing a fabric dyed chair. ( I have not received any compensation for this. ) I will let you know how it turns out, if the sun ever comes out..
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I used Rit Dye in Graphite.
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I added some pod water to my steam cleaner.
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I will use my Wagner spray painter to apply the dye.
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I removed Polly's skirt to give her a more contemporary look. I placed a flat head screwdriver under each staple and lifted the staple, using a hammer on the end of the screwdriver for those difficult ones. I pulled out the staples with needle nose pliers.
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Steam cleaned Polly.
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I used a 1:1 ratio of dye : water . Polly was slightly damp when I began to dye her. This was an EPIC fail! The dye ran everywhere.
Used my hand to scoop it out of the corners and smooth it out.
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Sponge brushing works the best.
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What went wrong?
I used the incorrect Rit Dye formula.
I used the incorrect ratio of dye:water
I need to apply another coat.
I need the sun to dry the fabric.
I will try these corrections and re-post.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Rit Dye   (Walmart $5)
  • Steam Cleaner   (Borrowed)
  • Tide Pods   (on hand)
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Ask the creator about this project

  • Wendy
    Wendy
    on Aug 9, 2017

    I'm so glad you decided to share this with us Beth, there is what to be learnt from experimenting. I love your attitude, and I cannot wait to see the finished project :)

    • Beth
      Beth Houston, TX
      on Aug 19, 2017

      Wendy and Jessie, I gave up!! Polly is now in a different place.........

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