Fabric Paint Fail – Fabric Dye on Upholstery
You know how I love a good experiment, but every once in a while it doesn’t work out as expected… in this case, it was a fabric paint fail.
I loved how this chair went from green to teal using Tulip fabric spray paint. I wrote about it before here, if you want to check it out.
I loved that product – worked great and didn’t rub off. My only complaint was that it was a little pricey when you need a lot of bottles. Each bottle was about $6 each.
In the comments of that post, a few people suggested using iDye or Rit dye mixed with water or alcohol as a cheaper alternative.
When I found this chair for $2, I knew I found my next guinea pig chair.
I painted the legs of the chair white, then taped them off as best I could.
I decided to try iDye, because I had heard good things about it over Rit when dying anything black.
I think it was around $3 for the packet. I used about 1/2 cup of boiling hot water to dissolve the powder, then mixed it with 91% Isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle.
Then, I just sprayed the fabric with it, saturating it completely. It did dry pretty quickly. It wasn’t as dark as I wanted, so I repeated it when it was completely dry.
This is what it looked like when it was done.
Do you see where the dye is all over the legs? It seeped through the paper I put on them, and it stained them.
Here is a close up…
You can still see the green underneath the blue.
Although it looks okay from far away, there is a big problem. It rubs off. Like, a lot.
When the dye dried, I rubbed my hand over it and the dye came off in a dusty mess. I let it sit for a few days and tried it again. The above picture was taken about a week after I first dyed the chair, so it was definitely not because it was still wet.
The chair is not sit-able. Not at all.
I’m not sure why it didn’t work. It could have been the fabric. It could have been that it really did have to be soaked in the dye. No matter what it was that went wrong, it didn’t work. I should have used a different version, the one for synthetic fabrics.
So now, what do I do with the chair? I know I only spent $2 on the chair, so it’s not a big financial loss, but I’m still pretty bummed about it not working out.
Have you tried this kind of dye job? Let me know how your project worked out.
Do you know what I did wrong? Do tell!