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Monday, September 26, 2011

Can you really? Would you ever?

Have you ever dyed a carpet?  I purchased a gold/tan carpet a few years ago and somehow I have come to hate the colour.   It's possible that when we move it will find a happier home and the colour will be more to my liking again.  I'm planning for the worst though and thinking this carpet may have outlived its welcome.

I have searched the web for advice on results about dying with Rit and there seems to be a strong division between those who have successfully dyed and those who say the colour comes off on socks and clothes.  

The problem seems to be that Rit dye needs to be rinsed and obviously this isn't possible with a carpet.

I found this great tutorial at Leaf House blog on creating a chevron rug with dye.  The result is so great that I do believe she has instilled the confidence to go forward with the project.

If anyone has tried dying a carpet, please let me know how it went.

23 comments:

  1. Um...there is such a thing as carpet dye? You just taught me something new. :) The chevron one did turn out really well! Good luck if you go for it! :)

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  2. Sounds like a scary venture, but I'm sure you're up for the challenge. Good luck, and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished project.
    Have a lovely Monday, Carol!
    ~ Wendi ~

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  3. That would be some undertaking! But I'm sure you will figure out a way and do a perfect job! Good luck!

    Sherry

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  4. I too had no idea this was even possible. I'm intrigued but would be scared too. Good luck. Let us know how it goes!!

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  5. That is definitely a brave idea but I think the risk is worth the benefit! Let us know if you try it out!

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  6. That's a great board! I love that fabric you're going to use for the curtains. If you need any decor inspiration or diy projects, check out our home decor blog, we have tons!

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  7. I'm a chicken but I think you should totally try this....so then we all will know if it works. :)

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  8. that is brave girl...go for it! can't wait to see it!

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  9. This is what I love so much about the Internet. There's usually someone out there who has tried it first, so you know just what you are getting yourself into. If you move into your new place and you still hate it, you'll have nothing to lose by dying it. At the very least, it will make for a good blog post :)

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  10. Super surprised (and flattered) to see my rug up on your blog (since I check your blog pretty much every day and mine is super lame :))! Anyway, a couple of notes on the dyed rug - I love it! I actually added a turquoise stripe to the one you have pictured. It added a really great pop of color. I dyed another rug dark brown leaving the existing rug color exposed in a quatre foil pattern. I've cleaned both rugs with rug cleaner and have never had the dye come off on socks or feet. It could be a difference of rug material or maybe they didn't rub off the excess. I'm a really excited to see what you come up with!

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  11. Wow...dying to know how this turns out!

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  12. i've seen some tutorials where they paint it, but never rite dye it. It seems like it would come out less stiff than paint though. Can't wait to see the end result!

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  13. Scary!! Never tried it. Am so curious to see if you give it a whirl. . .

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  14. I haven't tried it - sorry I can't help. I love that rug so that might be an option. If it's an ok background beige color, could you paint on a stencil pattern with some type of paint??? Not sure that would work, but it's nother idea...good luck!

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  15. I've never tried it but I would think india ink might be a more permanent solution if the complaint is that it rubs off. I buy small bottles at the art supply store- a little goes a long way and I would think that you could dilute it for a softer color. Full disclaimer!-I've never tried it!!! Good luck

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  16. I've never dyed a carpet, but there are some really cool dyed carpets available now. Although I'm sure the people who do the dying have equipment and facilities that a homeowner wouldn't have.

    I've seen painted chevron carpets, but never a dyed one till now. It looks pretty cool - if you're not loving your carpet as it is, why not go for it? :-)

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  17. Hi Carol,
    I remember watching Oprah a while back (sniff sniff) and Ali Wentworth (I think was her name) had dyed her carpet. Her home was also featured in Elle magazine. Maybe you can find it online and get more info. We have a very plain beige Avrum carpet from Ikea and ever since I watched that episode and saw her carpet I have been meaning to try it. I think you can give it a go, and see how it turns out (maybe try it on a small carpet before). I can't wait to see how yours turns out and I might try it as well.

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  18. No way- that beautiful rug is hand dyed? AMAZING!! I can't wait to see what you do. And with the lighting and other great projects you have created, you are definitely up for the task. It will be great! :)

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  19. Wow that rug is gorgeous. I totally think you could pull it off, but i know exactly nothing about dyeing so this is an incredibly unhelpful comment.

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  20. That chevron rug looks great! I don't have the guts to do it myself but I know you can totally pull this off!

    Looking forward to see the finished project!

    Have a fabulous day!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  21. I researched it for a possible overdye project. Certain dyes will dye certain fibres, so the biggest thing is just to be sure you are using the correct type of dye :) I hope it goes well, because I'd love to see what color that carpet morphs into....

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  22. Wish I had some experience in this but I've never attempted to dye a rug, although it definitely has crossed my mind...if ur not crazy about the rug might as well give it a shot! I know you will share and we will finally know the truth behind this DIY!

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  23. Daring! I can't wait to look at that tutorial and to see how yours turns out.

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