A few years back we had bought this inexpensive IKEA chaise. It was always comfy and I really liked it for a long time. But, over the years it got a bit tired looking with a few stains that never seemed to want to come out, despite bleaching them. So, eventually this piece ended up in my garage not being used.
But then last week I got to thinking how little I liked this one armchair we had in our family room. Not my favorite color, shape or comfort for that room. And, I thought about this tired old chaise in my garage and wondered if I could just dye the fabric, since they're slipcovers....to breathe some new life into it?!
I found this for around $6 at Michael's, but with a coupon for 50% off, it cost me just over $3.
Of course there are instructions on the package. One option was the washing machine. One was the sink. I wasn't sure how powerful this dye was and a little intimidated by it, so I chose to be safe rather than sorry and do it in a tub. Figured I didn't want weird dye in my brand new kitchen. I skipped the science of water to dye ratio. Just filled up the tub half way, and dumped the dye bottle in. Dumped the fabric in. Used a kitchen glove to move the fabric around every 5 mins or so for about 30 - 40 - so that the dye would cover evenly.
Then, rinsed in the tub, til the water ran clear. Ran it through a wash cycle with detergent in my machine. Allowed it to air dry, b/c I didn't want it to shrink. Then did a bleach cycle on my machine to assure I removed any dye from my washer.
Pretty great for $3, 30 mins and one wash cycle.
Eventually I'll replace this chaise with something else, but my budget doesn't allow for that right now! So this was a quick and easy fix!
Note: follow the instructions on the packaging as I'm sure they all differ.