Hey Friends! About a year ago, Tim and I inherited a couch from Tim’s grandma. It was a vision of tufted goodness.
The couch had been in G-ma’s house for decades and was in great shape. I was thrilled to have it be a part of our home now. The candy apple green color was pretty, but not the shade of green that I most prefer. A deep, rich jewel tone is more my jam. Plus I felt like an emerald hue would be more attractive with the wood trim that on the couch.
Reupholstering the couch was an option, but with the fabric being in such good shape and knowing the cost of reupholstering I couldn’t justify that decision. So, what should I do?
You may remember a while ago when I used fabric dye to give these old chairs new life. Well, some ideas are worth repeating and after having success with that previous project, I knew it was time to give the dye another go!
I picked an inconspicuous place on the couch to try out the dye and make sure that the fabric would accept the color before I ruined the whole piece. I was thrilled when the fabric accepted the dye. Here’s how the piece looked about half way through the process.
The whole thing took me about 4 hours to dye, heat, and scotch guard. Let’s look at the B & A!
The process of actually staining the piece is super easy. Here’s the step by step:
Step 1- Dissolve the dye in hot water. 1 cap full of dye for every cup of water.
Step 2- Make sure the fabric is clean.
Step 3- Use a paint brush to apply the dye to the fabric. PS- when dying a piece of furniture, make sure that you are choosing a color that is close to the original fabric on the color wheel.
Step 4- Once you have applied the dye to a large portion of the fabric, use a rag to massage the color into the fabric.
Step 5- Allow the fabric to dry completely.
Step 6- Apply more coats if needed and let dry again.
Step 7- Use a hairdryer to heat set the dye (this keeps the dye from rubbing off on clothes).
Step 8- Apply multiple coats of Scotch Guard to your piece.
The one concern that is brought up over and over in regards to this tutorial is the fear of color transfer to clothes. Both the heat from the hairdryer and the scotch guard serve to keep transfer from occurring. As a matter of fact, I always do a white shirt test on any piece I dye before allowing people to sit on it. The process has worked for me a couple of times now. I love this easy and inexpensive way to bring new life to old pieces!