Dying Over My Couch
April 25, 2004 1:38 AM Subscribe
My couch is depressing me. Someone who shall go unnamed (but his initials begin with "mr. taz") convinced me that we should buy a white couch - with predictable results. It's upholstered in a lightweight canvas type material, and I would like to do something (on the cheap) to change the color. I'm almost tempted to just take it outside with a big bucket of dye and paintbrush (and/or roller), but a) I know nothing about dying, and b) I'm sure that there are serious issues about the dye "setting" so that it doesn't rub off on clothes. (more particulars inside)
posted by taz to home & garden (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
To complicate matters, the material is supposed
to be treated to resist dirt (hah!). Right now I am using a throw cover over it, which actually looks great for about two minutes, before somebody sits on it (so, my living room perpetually looks like a rumpled bed), and. I definitely cannot afford to get it reupholstered at this time. I don't actually have much hope, since the only Google returns that I can find about this tell me that you cannot dye a couch
(or that you can maybe dye it with tea - but I don't want a tea colored couch), but I am posting this here just in case any of you have a brilliant solution. All ideas for dealing with a dingy white-fabric couch are welcome (no matter how strange!), but options I can pursue must be relatively inexpensive, and since I'm in Greece, it's possible that specific products may not be available here.