We have an Ikea ektorp sofa with a sage green slipcover (well not anymore). The slipcover has seen better days. After going to Ikea to see about a new slipcover and seeing that the color we want was $300 (!!!) my husband had the brilliant idea to buy the cheap ($100) white slipcover and dying it brown. O.K. in theory this sounds like a fantastic idea but in reality the cover is huge and I envisioned it turning into a tie-dyed looking hippie nightmare.
We went to Michael's and bought 10 of the powdered Rit Dye in Chocolate Brown and Dark Brown. We mixed them up in a big jug with hot water and added salt per the directions. Apparently the salt helps the dye stick to the fabric. Everything is in order and we sneak into the big laundromat to do the load in the giant washing machine.
|Old, faded, stained couch cover|
After making more dye water we go back and put it through the top of the washer where it's supposed to go. Everything looks good and brown. We take it out to dry. It looks red. Like rusty red. Yuck.
|Came out reddish. Not what we were going for.|
We go get more dye. Some black and brown. He thinks if we make it darker everything will match. Sure. All the covers are accounted for and off the the laundromat again. Somehow it worked! The one cover we forgot is a little bit off but you can hardly tell. The color came out a dark chocolate brown which is exactly what we wanted.