Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Dye-It-Yourself

We have this throw blanket we got at Ikea a few years ago that I am just in love with.  It's warm, big enough to cover my long body, and nice and comfy.  It used to be a bright white color, but over the years it's become more of a dingy gross white.  It looks like the kind of blanket I can't throw in the wash and I couldn't find the washing instructions, so I figured I'd use it as an experiment with another project I've been itching to do.  With my newly painted neutral gray walls, I thought it might be fun to try to dye the blanket a gorgeous deep teal.  Unfortunately, it didn't work too well!    I'm almost positive that it's because the material isn't meant to be dyed or even washed in a washing machine, so this project wasn't too successful.  That's OK, two boxes of Rit dye only cost me a couple bucks and the blanket is still usable for now, just ugly :).  It was a really easy process too, so it's not like I lost anything more than 15 minutes worth of work and $3.  Just gives me an excuse me buy a new one, right?  Here's how the color should have turned out:

Imagine these colors mixed together

And here's how it really came out:
 












Dingy "after"



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