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DIY Dyed Curtains

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

When I set out to lighten up our family room, it seemed that everything I chose was white.  White slipcovers, white curtains, white walls, etc.  It looks great in magazines right?  After adding all of this white, my husband and I decided the room needed more color somewhere.  I have been drawn to blue curtains lately - especially against white walls.  Here are a few examples...

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The image below is from our living room.  The curtains are linen Ritvas from Ikea I purchased for around $35/pair. 


Over the weekend I picked up 2 boxes of denim blue rit dye.

I followed the directions on the box and here is the result...


They need to be pressed a little better, but you get the idea.  Much better. 

Additional questions answered here.


43 comments:

  1. Rene, I love them. That dye really did the trick.

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  2. Great job! That house from D Magazine has had me thinking blue lately, too. Too bad my grey curtains are the one thing in my living room that's actually OK as is--oh, for an unlimited budget...

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  3. What a great idea. I love the way the blue pops against all the white.

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  4. THe blue is an excellent touch. Dye is such an inexpensive solution to a number of the ikea products.



    Great color choice.



    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  5. Rene, it's perfection!! I've used RIT dye on our bedroom curtains and I loved how they turned out. You can't go wrong w/RIT dye!

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  6. Great job Rene! Adding that little bit of color really makes the room pop! Martina

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  7. wow, what a difference. i love how they turned out.

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  8. Ooh, I have been thinking of using RIT and now you've done it and it looks fabulous! :) Also love the blog header change up. I like the color of the drapes, not what I would think denim blue would be. Thanks for inspiring as always!

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  9. Thanks everybody! Ange, that is good to hear because the last thing I would want is a pair of toughskins hanging in the family room ;) Ha!

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  10. They look great! You're brave! I totally would have chickened out! Now you have a handy new skill too :)
    Kelle
    xoxo

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  11. The blue looks awesome. Nice to know you can wash them. I washed my Pottery Barn drapes and ruined them. I ironed another Pottery Barn panel...also ruined it. I have since bought a steamer.

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  12. Oh Wow, they are very pretty! The blue is such a yummy calming color, and it looks like the dye worked really well... cool!

    Cindy

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  13. LOVE IT! And what is a cheap-chic solution than Rit dye?

    Love the pop of color, Rene!

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  14. Wow, that color is perfect! Wonderful look. I've been moving toward blue myself; am changing my green drapes to a french blue and cream plaid...

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  15. Wow Rene those look great! I have been thinking the exact same thing...I have a lot of white too and I'm very attracted to blue curtains lately. Yours look fantastic!

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  16. Wow! Rene, that looks amazing! Great job! I would have never thought of that- what a genious idea. :)

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  17. Rene,
    They look beautiful! Dye is such a simple, inexpensive solution that makes such an impact. I just dyed a headboard slipcover recently and was thrilled with the results!

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  18. A great look and such a great color - I love all of your inspiration photos. Love that vase you picked up too.

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  19. LOVE THEM! great job! I feel like it never comes out the same color as the dye bottle says...this summer i dyed the white band of a rug the RIT taupe color and it turned pink! Glad yours turned out so great! - Rebecca

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  20. yep, so, so much prettier! such a smart gal you are!! xo

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  21. What a great idea - they look awesome :)

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  22. A little RIT on the Ritva does just the trick. They look really great, Rene. The color turned out to be such a pretty blue. I'm glad you didn't stay with white.
    Camille

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  23. Goodness, you're brave. But what a beautiful result! Love the shade - just perfect!

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  24. Rene, I got a pair of linen drapes that color on clearance from TJ's for $3 + tax! I haven't hung them yet, but I'm gonna. :)

    P.S. I miss the picture of the cottage and vine. :) The header collage you have is lovely but your trademark door and vine set you apart. Would love to see a reprise.

    blessings!

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  25. Go, girl. Even though I'm usually such a green-lover, the denim is working for me. Love it.

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  26. Oh, get out of town! I have those hanging in our bonus room and it's too much white for me, too! Wow. Very impressed and so headed to pick up RIT. And I love the blog header change up. Darling.

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  27. The curtains are a nice touch with the new color and tie-in the blue from the other accessories - great idea!

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  28. Now that is pretty cool! They look amazing ~

    xoxo

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  29. Oh wow! Your curtains turned out great! Love the color. Kristen

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  30. I love them in this color! Really makes the bamboo shades look richer.

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  31. They turned out great! I have been chicken to try out dye. I have a lamp shade I have been wanting to dye. I love the purple.

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  32. Was it really that easy????? I can't believe the difference it made. I also can't believe that you had that conversation with your husband...that would not happen at my house :)

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  33. Hi Rene,

    Curtains look great and inspiring!

    I too have been thinking about using dye on my (different from yours) IKEA curtains.

    What really freaks me out about the process is using my washing machine for the dye job. Did you use your washer or something else? Any tips or tricks you could share would be greatly appreciated.

    Robin
    happilyhomeafter.blogspot.com

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  34. They look amazing...you just made my day! I just painted the master bedroom and wanted to change the drapes to a soft gray, but didn't want to buy new ones. I have the same Ikea drapes and I wanted to dye them, but it made me nervous. Your's turned out so beautiful, I think I might just try it.

    Did you use the washer? If so, is it a front loading or top loading? I talked to my mom about it and she thought maybe it wouldn't work in the front loading.

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  35. Perfect choice! I forget about dyeing stuff, thanks for the reminder!
    Debbie

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  36. Great idea and transformation! The blue curtains look beautiful and give a great burst of color! :)

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  37. Fabulous idea, as always! They came out really great, Rene. Just a little soft color, perfect for warming up for fall.

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  38. What a great idea and the color is perfect!! I have some canvas ones, maybe I could try it on them! Thanks for the inpsiration!

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  39. This is the perfect post for me as I am just about to buy white Ritva curtains and try dyeing them :-) I wasn't sure if the linen would take the dye (if it has been treated) but now I know it will work! I'm using Annie Sloan chalk paint to dye them a burgundy colour :-) Thank you for the post!

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