Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Power of RIT Dye

This project was inspired by Sheila CTK and her recent projects.  Sheila has been updating her wardrobe with RIT dye and the transformations are amazing.

Her wardrobe projects got me to thinking.  We recently purchased a new dining room table and chairs which I love so much.  The table is a painted a white but glazed and looks cream.  Just what I have been wanting and dreaming and  searching on pinterest.  The only problem was my white curtains, it was a bit flat in the room and color was needed




















So I was at Hobby Lobby last week and checked out their liquid RIT Dye.  I selected a turquoise.  First thing, removed all the hems from the curtains just in case they shrunk, I didn't want any lines.  Then to the washing machine.




Just the change I wanted and the dye took perfectly.  I am very happy I took out the hem, as the curtains shrunk quite a bit. Not only were the girls thrilled with the change but my husband said it was a great change the room needed some color!  That was a good part but the best part was it cost $3.97 plus tax! 





42 comments:

  1. Sheila's dye work has been inspiring and your room just sparkle and for less than $4! You can't beat that.

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    1. I love Sheila's changes and have a pair of pants ready for the RIT dye. Thanks so much.

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  2. These look great and really brighten up the room! I've always wanted to try dye but never have. Do you have to do anything special to clean the washer after?

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    1. Thanks, Shar. I ran the washer a full cycle after I dyed the curtains and added bleach to clean out any dye residues. Here is the info from the RIT site http://www.ritdye.com/dyeing-techniques/washing-machine

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  3. Great improvement Lori!
    Please tell me where you found your table and chairs. We too need to upgrade.
    Do you notice as the children move out, the only necessary "upsize" is the family dining table as they come home with all their spouses and friends?
    Thanks again.

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    1. You are right, the table gets bigger and bigger. The chairs came from Pier One, the table from a local person. Here is his website http://www.jimstubblefieldfurniture.com/

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  4. It looks fantastic!

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  5. That is definitely an improvement! I love your use of bright colors :) I bet the rest of your house is lovely, too.

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    1. Thankyo so much. The last couple of years, I have incorporated more bright colors.

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  6. That is awesome! Now Sheila is going to have us all out looking for RIT Dye to add new life to things!

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    1. thanks, Carolyn, yes she is, I have some pants ready to be a new color.

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  7. OMG, just love the change.

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  8. WOW! Those curtains make a statement! Great idea for a fun way to add a pop of color to a room.

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    1. Thanks, it brightens the room, which is on the east side of the house, the pop of color helps in the afternoon makes it just brighter and happier :)

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  9. What perfect timing! I love the colour. I am just about to make white curtains for my kitchen and have been thinking that there would be too much white in the room when I finished. So I think I will follow your example and dye them.

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    1. Thanks, it really makes a difference. Have fun.

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  10. What a transformation! Looks wonderful.

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  11. Love, love the turquoise! Do you have a top loader or a front loader washing machine? I'm wondering if you can use a front loader to dye things.

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    1. Thanks Pam, a front load and you can find instructions on the Rit Dye site.

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  12. Lori, the first thing I noticed in the first photo was the cute high chair. So of course I just LOVE the "new" curtains. And how smartypants of you to take out the hems before putting them in the dye bath. {{applause applause}} Good job!

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    1. Thanks, I had two wooden high chairs from my 4 girls. Had to get a second one when it was twins! One was always too big and when we got it out of the attic it feel apart. I kept the smaller one and painted over the very worn golden oak. I love the new look of the chair. I was proud of myself to take the time to take out the hems!

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  13. Your curtains are a gorgeous colour now and look great in your dining room. Dye can be very useful; I had some calico for my curtains which I left in a damp corner and got rather mouldy in places, so I dyed it and they look great.

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    1. It is a great thing, very economical and good results.

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  14. Beautiful change! I'm loving rit dye this spring as well. I've found it so useful for lots of purposes. Good job with the drapes!

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    1. Thanks, I will continue with this, next up clothes!

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  15. I love turquoise! The curtains look great! When I bought a new couch I wanted a turquoise one. The sales guy looked at me like I had 3 heads. I wound up with a red couch (which I do love!)

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    1. Turquoise couch would be fabuluos!

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    2. I do have dining room chairs from Ikea where the covers are deep turquoise. I love them.
      I need new blankets for my bed and am now thinking, hmmmm...maybe I need some blanket dyed turquoise???? though the idea of dyeing seems a bit scary to me.

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    3. Blankets would be a good place to start and give it a try. Good luck.
      And your chairs sound fabulous!

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  16. I'm impressed, I love the pop of color!

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  17. Oh My Lori. . Absolutely beautiful, love the color. Totally blown away.

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    1. Thank you, Sheila, it was a cheap but amazing transformation.

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  18. Wow, what a great/fast/cheap facelift for your room! I love the new color!

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    1. Thank you, Ginger. The new color makes me smile!

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  19. Hello there, the curtains are an amazing color. I was going to give this a try but was wondering what was the exact color that you selected, because I dont see a Turquoise on RIT's website.

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    1. Sorry, it might not have been turquoise. I didn't have the box when I posted the blog - so I was guessing.

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  20. Did you have to mix colors to get turquoise? I looked on the rit website and can't find a turquoise premixed ready for use. I'm trying to dye some pillow covers that color.

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    1. Sorry, it might not have been turquoise. I didn't have the box when I posted the blog - so I was guessing.

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