Months ago I bought white curtains for the living room.
I thought they were too white.
I wanted them more the color of the linen shades that were in the windows so I dyed them with coffee grounds and a small touch of navy dye to tone down the orange/brownish tint. I was going for greige.
Unfortunately the curtains turned out a baby blue kind of color.
Since they were hideous I’ve waited to write about it until I redyed the curtains.
This time I used Taupe by Rit dye.
I rinsed the pale blue curtains in the washing machine. While they were spinning I filled our 30-inch stainless kitchen sink with 11 gallons of very hot tap water, half a gallon of boiling water, 2 cups of salt, and 2 bottles of taupe dye.
When I submerged the wet cloth it immediately took on the taupe dye which has a brown tint to it. I was hoping the blue would make the curtains more warm grey than brown.
The directions called for stirring the dye into the cloth for 30 to 60 minutes. After about 15 minutes I called it quits. The curtains seemed dark enough to me. I rinsed the curtains well in the sink then washed them with a small bit of detergent in the washing machine.
I dried them slightly in the dryer and ironed them while they were still damp. I was hoping they’d be a little less brown and a little lighter shade. They’re kind of growing on me and I can have curtains up until I finish the lined pairs I’m making from scratch.
Have you ever dyed anything that turned out perfectly?