How you feel at home is always important. Walking through your front door at the end of a long day you should feel all of your stress being washed away. Being at home with your loved ones should be the most wonderful thought. When something needs a touch of TLC or a lick of paint it can often make all the difference to your well being.
We don’t yet have our forever home, so I don’t always have that feeling of relaxation at home, but one day I’m sure I will have. Until we do I will keep dreaming about my relaxing, tranquil country home. I do however like our house to be well presented. Don’t get me wrong I’m not talking show home standard, we have 2 young children and a couple of crazy dogs. I must confess, I am not the tidiest person either. Just ask my Hubby!
Dylon recently got in touch and asked if we had anything that could do with a quick upcycle. With dogs and children in the family room all the time, my cushion covers are looking a little bit worse for wear. So it seemed like a great idea.
We choose to use the hand dye, I was a bit concerned about my lovely new washing machine making the Hubby’s work shirts some lovely pink colour. Although I have read some great reviews about the machine dyes being really good.
Opting for a Flamingo Pink (Peach’s choice), French Lavender and China Blue we started on our up-cycling journey.
You will need
- 250g of ordinary salt
- 250g of fabric (the more you use the lighter the shade will be).
- Fabric:- cotton, linen & viscose. Lighter shades will be achieved on wool, silk, polyester/cotton and polyester/viscose mixes
How to use
- Weigh the dry fabric, wash thoroughly. Leave damp.
- Using rubber gloves, dissolve dye in 500ml of warm water.
- Fill bowl/stainless steel sink with approx’ 6 litres of warm water.
- Stir in 250g of salt. Add the dye and stir well.
- Submerge fabric in the solution.
- Stir for 15mins, then stir regularly for 45mins.
- Rinse the fabric in cold water.
- Wash in warm water and dry away from direct heat and sunlight.
I did choose a fabric that had a pattern, which I was not expecting to get covered over. Following the instructions, I made sure the fabric was stirred every 15 minutes, it did however get left in for about half an hour longer than recommended. I did this because the China Blue and French Lavender didn’t seem to take to the fabric very well, even though this was cotton. The Flamingo pink instantly seeped through the fabric, changing the colour. It was mesmerising to watch.
After washing out and drying I was really impressed with the colours we have been left with. Maybe having chosen non-patterned fabric would have been better. Plain fabric would show off the difference in shades.
Upcycling is great way to give a fresh new look to your home, whether it’s an item of furniture, some pallet wood or jam jars. What’s more it means you are saving money, practicing new skills and adding a personal touch to your home.
What has been your favourite upcycling project?
This post was made in collaboration with Dylon, as always all thoughts and opinions are my own.