The last couple of weeks I’ve been spending more time with my Dad so my work schedule has been somewhat sporadic. Changes in his medication caused a little bump in the road, but I’m happy to say he’s doing really well.
Rather than take on large furniture projects, I’ve been working on a few smaller projects I can include him in.
Recently, we went shopping for shower curtain fabric. We found this beautiful embroidered white cotton. It was originally $18/meter on sale for $4! Dad’s my lucky charm (and all the associates just love him) so I think I’ll bring him out shopping more often. 😉
I bought more than was needed. At $4/meter, it was a guilt free way to try dyeing fabric with chalky paint. I was looking to create a linen/burlap tone that I originally envisioned for my bathroom makeover. After playing around and testing a few do’s and don’ts, here’s how the paint dyed fabric turned out – I’m really impressed!
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To achieve this linen look, I used General Finishes Cardamom Chalk Style Paint. It’s the exact same paint I used to paint the upholstery on this Granny Chair Restyle. I hope this dye job holds up as well as the painted fabric has! I’ll definitely keep you posted.
This was my first attempt so I don’t claim to be a fabric dyeing expert, but I’m sharing a few do’s and don’t I experienced that may help you on your first try. The good new is, apparently you don’t have to be any sort of expert to get impressive results. 🙂
- Chalk Style Paint
- Large Sink or Bowl
- Measuring Tools
- Stir Stick
Dyeing Fabric with Chalky Paint – DO’S
1. Do use a sink or bowl large enough to hold the water/chalk style paint mixture allowing enough room for the fabric.
2. Do use luke warm water.
3. Do mix the paint and water THOROUGHLY before dipping and dyeing your fabric.
4. Do mix repeatedly so no paint settles on the fabric or in the bottom of the bowl.
5. Do pick a chalk paint color you love and then experiment with the paint/water ratio before starting your full project. I used 4 cups of water with 1.5 tablespoons of chalky paint for my lightest dyed fabric. Approximately a 20:1 ratio. Then I added another 1.5 tbls of paint to get the darker shades.
6. Do dye your fabric with the chalk paint before sewing your project for the most even dye job.
Dyeing Fabric with Chalky Paint – DON’TS
1. Don’t forget to set your newly dyed fabric with heat! I hung mine to dry and then ironed it.
2. Don’t leave the fabric to soak for long periods of time! I made this mistake thinking the fabric would absorb more color and turn out darker. Nope. Instead I ended up with a blotchy mess. The chalk style paints can settle to the bottom (or on the fabric) and you may end up with an ugly mess like this.
These were the ones that stayed in for between 3-5 minutes and they look much better!
Feel free to pin this project and if you have any questions, ask away. 🙂
And let me know what you think of this dyed fabric? I’m curious what other brands (other than Annie Sloan and General Finishes) could be used? I’m guessing any brand of chalk style paint would work quite nicely. I always love hearing from you so chime in with your thoughts!
Happy Painting and have a great day!