Friday, April 22, 2011

dyeing a rug...

i dyed a rug. kind of a weird thing to do, but i found this oriental rug remnant at goodwill for only $5, so i didn't really have anything to lose. the original colors were not cute at all, so i thought i'd experiment a bit, and see what i came up with. i had a picture in my mind of what it'd look like, and these over-dyed rugs at nomadic trading were sort of what i pictured (coincidentally, camilla posted about these a couple of weeks after i finished my project!).

anyway, first, i took my rug remnant and bleached it out for a couple of hours in the tub...i stirred it a bit with the end of the broom to make sure it was fairly even.

here is the rug on the floor before i started anything -- at least you can see what the original colors were. dusty rose and purple - my favorites. ;)

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this is what it looked like after i bleached it out:
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i didn't want to remove all of the color, because i wanted to still be able to see the pattern when i dyed it...

i was going to dye it outside in an old bin, but i decided to go the old-fashioned (washing machine) route instead. in college, i dyed things with "rit" fabric dye all the time, in the washing machine. i have no idea why, i guess i was just experimenting. i used to sew clothes sometimes, back in those days :) (actually, my brother and i had a short-lived t-shirt company, too). anyway, i threw it in the wash, with one box of fuschia dye, and one box of scarlett:

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i wanted to make sure the 2 were mixed well, before i threw them into the wash (though, i guess a tie-dyed look could've been cool), so i put them in a tupperware container and shook the powder:
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before you put the fabric into the washing machine, you are supposed to wet it completely, so i did that in the sink:

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this is the dye bath in the washing machine. scary. sort of looks like a scene from true blood. eeks.

anyway, i ended up doing another layer of dye after this one - it wasn't bright enough for me. i still think that i probably would've bleached it a little less (so more of the pattern shows) than i did, and maybe i will do a little more dyeing, but all in all, i think it looks similar to some of the popular over-dyed rugs that are for sale these days!

mika models:

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60 comments:

  1. Really, Kristen, how creative are you! That is cool.

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  2. Okay - I am seriously impressed! LOVE THIS!

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  3. Great idea! How long did you bleach it?

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  4. Oh- this is awesome!!!! what a great idea- i havnt used dye in a while!

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  5. That's super cool, I never would have thought about that! So glad I found your Blog, we might need to talk about some furniture make-overs!

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  6. DANG! I have a front load washer. :( Looks great though!

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  7. amanda - i bleached it for about 2 hours.

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  8. So weird, I was JUST thinking the other day, "I wonder if I could dye a rug" but didn't know how... looks like you can! How cool.

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  9. Looks great! It does look a lot like those dyed rugs...

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  10. Brave girl! So brave! I would be nervous to do that in the washing machine! Love this DIY!

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  11. Ok this is seriously amazing. Tweeting this right now to share with everyone! Wow

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  12. Such an innovative project! I love the dramatic difference. Working with that much bleach looks kinda scary. I've also never dyed anything in the washing machine - just in a basin. Any risk to the machine? I LOVE this DIY idea.

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  13. I love how it turned out. A little duck tape will take care of that tear.

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  14. yep, i figured the tear just kind of adds to the old feel of the rug ;)

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  15. I just found your post through Google, so glad I saw this. I'm looking to do this same thing in my NYC apartment and I love the rug remnant you found!!! Do you have any idea where I could get one similar anywhere other than a Goodwill? I really love the overdyed look with a thin rug, like you have above. Great DIY!!! :)

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  16. Nice Gallery, i also want to buy a new Overdyed Rugs. Can anyone tell me where to find it?

    Thanks

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  17. This is so awesome! I am planning on dyeing a wool rug this weekend- is your rug wool? Just wondering because ive read that bleach can damage a wool rug

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