Last weekend instead of binge drinking and celebrating Labor Day, I moved out of my place, went through some pretty traumatizing life changes and dip dye’d my curtains for this week’s LOCZIdesign’s blog post…
I live in an apartment with my dog Kocoa who loves to push his head through the curtains to look outside of the window. Fabrics and linens, primarily with whites, tend to become dingy over the years no matter how much washing and or bleaching you do (though I am personally not a fan of bleach). So I re-visited the dip dye trend to color correct the stains. As a very resourceful person with sometimes limited resources—I found this little project to be as easy as having sex with a really good-looking man after four glasses of wine.
- Plastic bin and or any large deep container
- Spray bottle (or empty hair product bottle from your recycling)
- Rubber Gloves
- Liquid or Powder Dye
- Some sort of dowel rod ( I just used my curtain rod )
- Launder fabric to wash out (paw prints) or any stains that won’t allow the dye to fully absorb.
- Prepare an area outside for your project using unfolded boxes, a throw cloth or something of the sort, so you won’t have to worry about dripping.
- Fill your bin with hot water about 1/4 of the way up and dip half of the curtain into the water without the dye, then take the curtain out.
4. First making sure that the water is still hot, add your dye (we used Tulip in Royal Blue) to the bin, mixing it thoroughly so that the dye distributes evenly onto your fabric. There should be more detailed instructions regarding the water to dye ratio on the packet — which ultimately depends on how dark you plan to dye your fabric. We used two packets for about 2 gallons of hot water.
5. With the fabric securely attached to your rod, slowly dip the wet curtain into the dye. We dipped it about three-quarters of the way in, lifting several inches every 10 minutes or so. Keeping the end of the curtain in the dye longer than the rest. Doing so creates an overall ombre look. (Obviously, the longer you leave the curtain in the dye, the more saturated the color becomes. We left our two curtain panels in for about 1 hour)
6. As you go, be sure to use the water bottle to spray any dye splashes so that there aren’t any blunt marks of dye on your fabric.
7. Hang curtains to dry outside in the sunshine, then rinse your fabric in cold water until the water runs clear. Hang to dry again and enjoy!
I get a lot of uneven light in my flat during the day, creating a lot of shadows and making it difficult to get a decent photo. Even so, the overall appearance and vibe changed dramatically and I was pretty happy with the way it came out.
If you’re not fully committed to experimenting with your curtains, try dipping old woven baskets, wooden cooking spoons, table cloths, napkins, or white panties. The possibilities are like for real, endless. And send me some photos of your dip dye projects — I’d be down to share them on our LOCZIdesign blog too.