So, I debated on whether or not to actually write this post yet, because I’m not satisfied with the results of this project yet. But I’m all about keeping it real, so I figure I can always come back and update once I fix this project and make it exactly what I want.
Back when we replaced the bedding in our room, we already had a plan in mind for the white bedspread that used to live on our bed. You see, we have some bedding in our guest room that we really like, but that is almost impossible to coordinate with anything else.
We love the pattern and the pops of color in this bedding, but once we got it in the room and started to discuss what colors to do for the walls and accents in the room, we quickly realized that there wasn’t really much we could do that would look right with this bedding. We talked about green walls, but neither of us loved that idea and it really didn’t fit in with the rest of our house. We tossed around the idea of wallpaper, but we hated to take on such a large and extensive project that focused around some bedding that we really weren’t all that in love with to begin with.
I’m sure you can see where this is going – once we decided to replace the bedding in our room, we decided that our old duvet would get a new life (and some fabric dye) in the guest room, replacing this doesn’t-work-well-with-others bedding that we are currently working with.
Luckily, this was one of those rare projects where we had the exact same vision in mind from the beginning – purple bedding. So, one day when we were at Joann, we grabbed some iDye and brought it home to get to work.
See that beautiful, rich purple color on the package? Remember that. Because it lies.
I had never dyed fabric before and I’ll admit I was pretty shocked by how easy it was. I don’t know how it works with other brands, and the only reason we chose this brand over the myriad of choices they had was because it was the closest match to the color we wanted (or so we thought), but all we had to do was toss it in the washer with a cup of salt and let it go.
After letting it do its thing in the washer for about an hour, I tossed it in the dryer and soon pulled out a very…lavender duvet cover.
I don’t know if I didn’t let it stay in the washer for long enough, or if the dye just wasn’t as dark as I had wanted it to be, but we were both less than impressed with the color. The coverage was great – there are one or two splotchy areas, but they’re hardly noticeable – and I can’t say enough good things about how easy it was to do…the color is just not at all what we were expecting!
We went ahead and put it on the bed (along with the old bedding, just until we can get a more “complete” looking set of bedding – like some coordinating throw pillows, new sheets, and perhaps a patterned throw to sit at the foot of the bed), but we plan on trying again sometime soon to get a more true purple color. We’re going to do a bit of research to find out which brand will really get us the color we want, and hopefully we can land on something that’s more purple and less lavender.
You might notice that we also brought our old nightstands into this room – they’re a perfect fit! They look a bit silly in there with the current bed, but we have plans to replace that bed with something else (hopefully soon), and it will make a lot more sense and look a lot less silly once we get that taken care of. This room is one of the rooms in our house that has been very slow to come together, since we don’t use it very often and don’t really “need” it to look pretty. I will say, though, now that it’s starting to look a little more put together, I’m feeling much more motivated to get it finished!
Have you ever dyed fabric? Any tips for us on how to get a more true color?