As an adult I still have this thing for furniture. Luckily my budget does not allow what I really want for the dining room because THH would kill me. Our china cabinet weighs a ton and we have only ever moved it once.
We have had 2 beds. I currently love out Ikea frame and mattress. Plus is is HUGE.
But have never found a couch I like. We have had a small love seat, a futon, a sectional and then took pieces of the sectional and made a small couch. I always buy used or get for free. I was sick of our sectional. So I gave it to a friend and found a simple Ikea Hagalund on craigslist. It fit in my 4runner.
|In the car, ready to go home.|
So we get it home and up the stairs.
I run to Joanns. I am not thrilled with the white at all. But this couch is a slipcovered one. So it can be washed (huge positive) and also 100% cotton, so it can be dyed! I grab 5 bottles of Rit Dye.
2 Dark Green
2 Lemon Yellow
According to Rit Dye this is the formula for a dark green. I wanted it to match our lazy boy chair.
I take off the covers and wash them so remove any dirt and stains first.
Then I followed the directions for a front loader machine. I took the wet covers and separated them. Two per load. I mixed the 1 bottle of green, 1 yellow and 1/2 the black with 4 cups hot water.
I started the machine and let the hot water start flowing. Then I dumped the dye mix in. Flushed with 4 cups hot water. Waited 10 minutes and added 1 cup salt mixed with 4 cups hot water. Flushed again with hot water.
|Salt water, using my big 8 cup batter bowl|
Waited the 70 minutes for the longest wash cycle to end. I wanted to bad to see if I screwed this up.
|Don't mind the laundry on the floor. |
It was laundry day yesterday. It did not get done
OH look! I didn't screw it up.
Put it in the drier and started batch two. Lets pray it would match the first batch.
I did everything again. I worked out. It was about 10pm by now.
All done! I got the covers back on (super simple) and we put it in place.
This couch retails for $479 +tax
I got it for $75 on craigslist. Plus the $20 for the Dye.
I say I did really well!
It also pulls out into a bed. I need guests.