Kidth Living

How to (not) rock a dye


I’m a ferocious bargain hunter. Hence, when I stumbled upon someone wanting to get rid of this old Ikea rocking chair, for free nonetheless, I had to have it! Did it matter that her location was really far out? Nope. Did it matter that the chair was white, and I vowed never to get white furniture until the kids grew into decent, non-staining adults? Nope. Did it matter that the white covers had yellow patches on them? Hell, no! I drove my ass all the way to this lady’s farm, stuffed the chair into my four wheeler, and lugged it all the way back home, much to my husband’s chagrin.

You can’t see the stains in the photo, but they were pretty obvious. Otherwise, the chair’s in perfect working condition and I absolutely adore it. Initially, I had grand schemes of sewing new covers for it. Then I remembered that I had better things to do with my free time, like not do anything. So instead of fabrics, I walked out of Lincraft with a dye color chosen by my kids.


Now, I’m a true blue fan of blue, but this time I was pretty against the chosen color. Our home has hues of turquoise spread all around it, and this Royal Blue wasn’t within the same realm of compatible shades. Still, I let the anal part of me take a back seat (ahaha) while the kids made the decision, and if it didn’t work out, I could always just dye it to my color of choice – salmon, or an ash grey.


Any sane adult would’ve taken the time to 1) read the instructions on the box and abide by them carefully, and 2) put on a freaking pair of gloves and grab a pair of tongs before getting started. But I’m prone to impatience, plus I’m pretty cocky with the fact that I’ve got a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design. To cut the story short, I did the bare minimum, and I did it all with my bare hands. Needless to say, I ended up with scalded blue hands, and the covers came out a lot lighter than I expected. I had to dye them a second time, with much more consideration to the instructions given, and newfound tolerance for the waiting period that the dye requires to set and wash.


So no more yellow stains, and hello brand new rocking chair! I could’ve gone darker, but I thought I’d best leave it since it matches our cloud lights.


This little corner has become a fast favorite reading spot with the kids, and they adore having their touches around the house. I think that’s what I love best about DIY projects; you learn through the trials and errors, and you let them clutter your home with quirks and stories that are made just for you and your family 🙂


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